Top of the chart
This March, Grammy Award-winning French DJ David Guetta will perform in India for the first time
Jasmine Singh

His day begins and ends with the sound of music. Even as the rest of his fans in India enjoy his livewire show, David Guetta, French DJ and house music producer, is aware of the fact that his music has reached much before he has! In a hurried chat, we try to pester him with whatever queries we have. David Guetta, who performs in Delhi for Eristoff Invasion Festival, gives a thought…“Go on,” comes the green signal.

Having worked with music royalty across genres, from Madonna on Grammy winning Revolver to Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida hip-hop rapper Snoop Dog, David Guetta still feels pulsating music needs to be explored.

To begin with, it’s his first India tour. “I have wanted to visit India for a long time and am glad I could do it this time around. I normally get nervous when I play in front of an audience for the first time, but am really looking forward to performing live for Eristoff Musical Invasion.”

Other than providing some great tracks — One love, Little Bad Girl, Night of Your life, Without You — it is David’s ‘moral’ duty to make people go crazy. “I have a couple of things that I would want to play for the Indian audiences, but in the end it depends on how they take it. A lot of my hits, mixed with underground beats, are what I would definitely be playing,” he adds, sounding in a hurry. And why not, this is the most sought after music producer’s first visit to India and a lot is expected from him. “I am really looking forward to a good response because I have heard about the refined music sensibilities of the people in India,” says David, signalling for one last question, if any. Left to us, we can pen a biography on David Guetta!

In case that comes out, ‘how he became The David Guetta’ would definitely be a chapter! He smiles, “Is this the question? It is my passion for music maybe. None of my family member is a DJ or ever played in any club. But I had a liking for mixing music, which I started learning after school. And it turned out that I was the first DJ in France to discover House. Later, one thing followed another,” her says.

Right beat

Grammy Award-winning artist/producer/DJ David Guetta will perform in India for the first time at the second edition of Eristoff Invasion in March. With chart-topping hits like When Love Takes Over and Gettin Over You’, the world’s number one DJ and foremost music-maker, Guetta will perform in New Delhi on March 9, Pune on March 10 and Bengaluru on March 11. Guetta is a multi-platinum selling artist in Europe and America, with five chart-topping albums to his name — Just a Little More Love (2002), Guetta Blaster (2004) Pop Life (2007), One Love (2009) and Nothing But The Beat (2011). Guetta’s latest album, Nothing But The Beat features 17 guest artists - from hip-hop royalty like Snopp Dogg, Ludacris, Timbaland and Will.I.Am, game-changing rappers like Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne to R&B superstars like Usher, Chris Brown and Akon. The album includes the smash hits singles Where Them Girls At, Little Bad Girl, Without You andTitanium, plus killer club tracks with Afrojack and Avicii. 

On face value
Chandigarh girl Samiksha Singh is making rapid strides in the world of acting

RIGHT ACT: Samiksha Singh This qualified electrical engineer from Chandigarh was happy teaching computers and keen on pursuing a career in the field when filmdom happened.

Samiksha Singh, an actor, now shares the beginning of her journey, “I was approached by many people who thought that I had a photogenic face. Some 100 ads down the line, came the break for acting.”

Starting with South-Indian films, wasn’t the language barrier difficult to cross? “It was and still is; I have acted in Tamil and Telugu films, and it’s doubly stressful. Not only does one need to concentrate on acting, but also lines in a language that’s not yours,” says Samiksha. “Increasingly, I am getting comfortable with the language,” says the girl who is starring in upcoming film Kullu Manali. “It’s on the lines of I Know What You Did Last Summer. As it is shot at Kullu and Manali, therefore the name,” says the actor.

There is another thing that’s kept Samiksha engaged. She is portraying the role of Nilanjana Roy, a beautiful Bengali lady who is a staunch follower of Goddess Durga in Zee TV’s Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli.

“This is one of the very successful soaps by Rajshree Productions. I am proud to be associated with it,” says Samiksha, who finds the challenge of portraying a Bengali woman interesting.

Jolie to play sorceress 

Angelina Jolie Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is set to play one of the most iconic villains as she steps into the shoes of fairy-sorceress in Disney’s re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty.

Maleficent, a modern interpretation of the classic fairy-tale, will begin shooting in June this year in London.

Elle Fanning is in talks to play Aurora in the live-action movie.

Robert Stromberg will direct Maleficent from a script by Linda Woolverton and is already in the UK prepping the film.

The film is a passion project for Jolie, who recently overshadowed the Oscars by showing her right leg through a daring slit in her black velvet gown. —PTI

One for the bride

Are you set to walk down the aisle this summer but confused about what to wear? Archana Kochhar offers a solution with her new bridal collection — Summer Bride 2012. “Looking different and glamorous at wedding is the dream of every young girl and my collection will satisfy the needs of women of today. 

My design philosophy revolves around making my client’s personality shine and with my latest bridal collection. The girls will not only get a chance to look traditional but glamorous too,” Kochhar said.The designer is quite popular among Bollywood glitterati — Kangana Ranaut, Ayesha Takia, Soha Ali Khan, Zeenat Aman, Mughda Ghodse, Dia Mirza and Mahima Choudhary are among her clients. She feels new age women are open to experimentation when it comes to keeping their wardrobe fashionable.

“Today’s women don’t want that signature red and maroon shades and this is why my colour palette revolves around shades of neon pink and orange minimally embellished with applique work and sprinkled with crystal stones,” she added. Kochhar’s bridal collection offers kaftans, lehenga-cholis, saris and anarkali suits in fabrics like fluid viscose georgette, silk, chiffon, colorado, net, satin and velvet. “I believe that clothes are a celebration; they bring joy to us and bring out happy and exquisite moments when one wears them and this is what the summer bride will do,” she added. —IANS

Movie meter
Nonika Singh

Kahaani mein twist hai…
Movie: Kahaani
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengupta
Rating: Good

A visibly pregnant woman (Viday Balan playing Vidya Bagchi) arrives in Kolkata, heads straight to the police station looking for her missing husband. As incongruities about the details she gives of her husband abound, as missing links are filled and fall apart, a thriller is born. And what a thriller—a seamless plot of twists and turns that keeps the viewers on tenterhooks from the word go.

Is Vidya fibbing, does her husband exist, what has he got to do with the terror attack that took place two years ago in the Kolkata metro….. keep guessing. The answers are not easy to find as the narrative continues to build one highpoint after another. Manoeuvrings of intelligence bureau… , the moles within and outside, the storyline is as taut as engaging. Sans gore despite a couple of murders, this one stirs clear of obvious stereotypes. So the police station is not a place where women daren’t go… police’s face can be compassionate, over helpful and ruthless too, but is certainly not the devious monster it has often been portrayed in Hindi cinema. What is most refreshing about the film is that in times when many a Bollywood thrillers are a rehash of Hollyowood ishtyle thrills and chills this one breathes in its Indian essence and flavour.

Adept cinematography, the way the camera pans in and out of the bylanes of Kolkata, adds to the tension that the screenplay bristles with anyway. The film’s setting in Kolkata heightens the visual effect and appeal of the movie. If the climax shot against the backdrop of Durga puja celebrations is superbly picturised, so is the rest of the movie where Kolkata is captured in its everyday glory. Simple yet extraordinary, the mundane life of its residents enhances the mood of the film, lending it a human face as well as heart and soul.

No doubt the film belongs to Vidya Balan who has yet again delivered another commendable performance after the award-winning The Dirty Picture. But in the movie the other actors Parambrata Chattopadhyay as the “too eager to help” Rana and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the conscientious but belligerent intelligence officer Khan, are not only a perfect foil to Vidya’s acting prowess but suitably cut for the parts they play. Superb editing ensures that the movie doesn’t flag at any point. We are used to “whodunit” mysteries but in this “who is it” suspense continues to ride high on the crest of the wave that doesn’t touch a low.

The anti-climax might be just a wee bit clichéd but doesn’t take away the punch of the Kahani. As you gape in wonder what is true or false in the encapsulation of this engrossing kahani, Sujoy Ghosh’s skilfully directed movie doesn’t ring a false bell at any point.

If authentic Indian thrillers are your cup of tea… head towards the cinema hall. This one sure is worth your money.


first-day-first show
Mystery of missing man

Vidya Bagchi arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband. Seven months pregnant and alone in a festive city, she begins a relentless search for her husband. With nothing to rely on except fragments from her memories about him, all clues seem to reach a dead end when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist. She slowly realises that nothing is what it seems. In a city soaked in lies, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband for herself and her unborn child even at the cost of her own life.

Outstanding act

It is a must-watch because Vidya Balan’s acting is superb. The script is very gripping and the dialogues are crisp and effective. — Jaya Singh, housewife

Thrilling moments

The movie is a combination of a good storyline and some smart thriller elements. Vidya Balan keeps you glued to the screen. For a change the music is good for a serious movie. — Rohit Prashar, student, GGDSD College

Fast play

It is a fast-paced movie which does not give you time to get bored. Vidya Balan proves to be the hero and is lucky to get such a good screenplay. Men should definitely watch it as it is a woman- centric movie. — Geeta Batra, student, MCM College

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

Creating life forms
Eminent sculptor Shiv Singh’s ongoing exhibition Discovery in Erotica Art captures the basics of life 

If keeping one’s eyes open and observing life is the first step for an artist to achieve excellence, mastery over the medium is second, coupled with endless practice. These and much more can be observed in known painter, designer and sculptor Shiv Singh’s ongoing exhibition at Alliance Française Chandigarh-36.

Discovery in Erotica Art explores ‘the very much part of life and yet not talked much’ about lingam and yoni. The exhibition that has been held abroad has received a great response. “People buy these paintings there like they are buying pakoras. We still are a hypocrite society that refuses to acknowledge these very basics of life,” says Shiv Singh, dressed in all black as he always is.

Some 20 paintings and 10 sculptures that are part of this exhibition explore this very theme. The paintings are an amazing play of water colour and textile dyes; black, red, yellow, green and lemon blend with each other to depict the yoni. The strokes are masterly. “You know one cannot retouch these paintings. By now I am comfortable with colours, they just flow,” he says.

Lingam, yoni, both of them together, make for these bright frames that capture life in action. “You know it’s all happening, all around, all the time, yet, there are not many who enjoy conjugal bliss,” says Shiv Singh. “The process is the same for humans or animals but in both there is ‘likeness’. When a man sees a woman or woman a man, there are sensations, very physical ones, which I have captured in my work,” he adds.

His bronze sculptures that depict a woman’s pelvic area are part of this exhibition as well. Sadly, this artist born in our rich tradition that boasts of Khajuraho temples has to defend his work, “That’s how men see a woman and vice-versa.”

Presently, he is working on the theme - how a point leads to everything else. “A stone thrown in water creates ripples, which just vanish with time. Life is also like that. Be it a seed that becomes a full-fledged tree or how a human form is born and lives is what I am working on.”

(On till March 30)

Advantage one
Decisions taken by two heads not always better than one 

Important boardroom decisions and those relating to family matters are often taken by a number of heads - two, three or more. But are they any better than those made by a single head? Not always, says a new study.

"People who make judgments by working with someone else are more confident in those judgments. As a result they take less input from other people and this myopia wipes out any advantage a pair may have over an individual," said psychologist Julia A. Minson, from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, who conducted the study with Jennifer S. Mueller.

To test whether confidence born of collaboration takes a toll on the quality of judgment, Minson and Mueller asked 252 people to estimate nine quantities related to U.S. geography, demographics, and commerce, either individually or in pairs after discussion, the journal Psychological Science reported.

They were then offered the estimates of other individuals and pairs and allowed to revise their own; the final estimates therefore could come from the efforts of two to four people, according to a university statement.

To sweeten the pot, participants earned a $30 bonus for each of two estimation rounds, but lost $1 for each percentage point their answer deviated from correct. Individuals also rated their confidence in their judgments.

The results: People working with a partner were more confident in their estimates and significantly less willing to take outside advice. The pairs’ guesses were marginally more accurate than those of the individuals at first.

But after revision (or lack thereof), that difference was gone. Even the combined judgments of four people yielded no better results than those of two or three.

Finally, the researchers found that had the pairs yielded to outside input, their estimates would have been significantly more accurate. Their confidence was costly.

So should we toss out teamwork? No, says Minson, but since collaboration is expensive and time consuming, managers should use it efficiently. For one thing, a group of 10 is not 10 times better.

“Mathematically, you get the biggest bang from the buck going from one decision-maker to two. For each additional person, that benefit drops off in a downward sloping curve.” Most important is awareness of the costs of teamwork," according to Minson.

“If people become aware that collaboration leads to an increase in overconfidence, you can set up ways to mitigate it. Teams could be urged to consider and process each others’ inputs more thoroughly,” added Minson. —IANS

Dressed to kill

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)

Tom Hardy to play outlaw biker

Actor Tom Hardy’s stocks have quickly risen up in Hollywood post Inception. The actor, who plays Batman’s enemy, is now set to star in a biker movie. Hardy, who teamed up with Christopher Nolan after Inception to play villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, will also produce the biker movie through his recently created company, Executive Options at Warner Bros.

The story revolves around a wounded Vietnem veteran who returns home to San Francisco just in time to see the flower power hippie movement at it strongest, with anti-war protests hitting university campuses and streets. In that environment, he is reborn as the head of a violent biker gang, a publication said.

The script is being written by Mark L Smith. Hardy recently starred with Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in This Means War.


From blonde to redhead
Striving for an image make-over, actress Lindsay Lohan returns to her natural red hue 

red hot: Lindsay Lohan Actress Lindsay Lohan has ditched her blonde look to return to her natural red hue. The 25-year-old troubled star recently impressed critics by poking fun at her run-ins with law at Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

Lohan, who is trying to make a comeback in Hollywood after overcoming her legal troubles, showed off her new dye job in Beverly Hills, California recently, a publication reported.

The actress has reportedly become increasingly concerned about her appearance. “Lindsay is worried about losing her looks. She has a lot riding on this comeback,” a source told the magazine. — PTI 


Comic robbery

The theft of Nicolas Cage’s rare comic book collection has inspired Hollywood to make a movie. Lionsgate will make Action No 1, a comedy from writers and Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon about the 2000 theft of Cage’s prized comic books.

The duo also is producing along with Peter Principato and Paul Young.

The story revolves around a group of nerds who attempt to steal Cage’s copy of Action Comics No 1, the landmark 1938 comic that introduced the world to Superman. The theft of Cage’s comic made headlines all over the world in 2000. The Man of the Steel issue was missing until 2011, when it was discovered among the contents of an abandoned storage locker. It sold for a record $ 2.1 million at auction in November, a publication said.


Another Mission for Cruise

Sequel time: Tom Cruise may soon return for another adventure as agent Ethan Hunt. The makers of superhit Mission Impossible franchise have hinted at the possibility of a fifth movie in the series at the shareholder meeting of the Paramount Pictures parent, a publication said. 

When asked by a shareholder if there were “any plans to develop an additional sequel, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said, “Oh, yes.” Ghost Protocol, which also starred Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor in a guest role, raked in $ 679.6 million worldwide, making it Cruise’s top-grossing movie ever. The Brad Bird-directed Ghost Protocol, which hit theaters December 16, was written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

It is not yet clear whether Bird or the Ghost Protocol writers would be back for the fifth film in the franchise.Brian De Palma directed the first Mission: Impossible film. — PTI 

DESIGNS for the future
Chandigarh College of Architecture’s initiative Chandigarh Urban Lab, into its third year now, puts forward seven proposals for the future of the City Beautiful
Manpriya Singh

bright plans: Vikramaditya Prakash Here, people from far-flung places as The Netherlands and Nigeria are busy discussing the core of city’s structure — from its skyline to its streets. The city beautiful perhaps, hasn’t been dissected from its slums to the landmarks in one sitting for a long time now! Chandigarh College of Architecture’s initiative Chandigarh Urban Lab, into its third year now, puts forward no less than seven proposals. Shares Vikramaditya Prakash, from the University of Washington, the man behind the endeavour, “The objective of Chandigarh Urban Lab is to imagine solutions for the future of Chandigarh.”

First two years involved a detailed analysis of the city — right from its streets to the theatre to even the furniture. This year it’s been no less than seven proposals, each one a project in itself. He adds, “Our first plan is for a Greater Chandigarh. Instead of the metro we should have a multi-modal, which means an interconnected transport solution.” Among other things there’s a proposal to develop a Vikas Marg into a signature street. Says Kunle` Adeyemi, exchange programme visitor from Amsterdam, “Chandigarh has a very modernist architecture. It’s beautiful, simple and practical; and that’s the kind of architecture we need to go back to rather than the new kind of jazzy architecture that we find these days, which is not very sustainable.” The good old city couldn’t fetch more superlatives. He adds, “It’s very inspiring. I’ve been around the city and some of the buildings in Panjab University are remarkable.”

Back to the proposal, some of the other parts touch the Leisure Valley. Adds Vikramaditya, “Leisure Valley should be made more active. We propose that there apni mandis should be held in the valley.” Before the slurry of questions take over, he adds, “We’ve designed new programmes for mandis. We’ll do it in a way which keeps it clean, at the same time brings in more people.”

Apart from the city, it’s the timeliness to experience the place that’s overwhelming. Shares another visiting architect, “We all are really excited about the festival. It’s an abstraction of colourfulness, it’s very vibrant.” Adds Linda Vlassenrood, from International New Town Institute, The Netherlands, “It is going to be a big feast. I’m frightened at the same time because I’m not used to anything like this.”

Amidst all the ongoing cultural exchange, yet another project targets streets and heritage furniture, dustbins, street lamps, street-lighting - to be installed in ways that celebrates the city’s character.

Adds Linda, “I cannot describe the city in words, but its calm friendliness gets to you. The structures and their simplicity is really inspiring.” Nobody forgets to mention sustainability. Shares one among them, “It’s a beautiful place, which can be made much more beautiful and sustainable by bringing about certain practical architectural changes. This is what we aim at.”

Blooming fashion
Look out for the colour deluge as flower prints will dominate the fashion scene this season as well
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

We barely filled our wardrobes with fall trends and now we have ‘spring’ teasing us with new designs. Well that’s fashion, where we have to keep ourselves updated every moment. While animal prints, floral fantasy and sheer fabric take centrestage, all things woolly and furry go behind the scenes.

Although spring/summer 2012 would see a lot of carry-over trends in prints, it’s the styling of the clothes that would make it different from last year. And the prints for the season are once again floral fancy. Also floral prints are again visible on the runway, with designers adding it to their collections to make it more feminine and attractive.

“Flower-prints have been a favourite with fashion followers. Though they were out of fashion for almost a decade, they made a big bang last year. We saw it in maxi dresses, kurtis; even salwars and they continue to do so this year as well. Apart from this, animal print will also be in this year. This does not mean the usual leopard print, but the one that comes in a variety of colours and has become smaller as well as more delicate. Along with leopard, we will also see snake and crocodile skin but other patterns are even more trendy — those featuring lizards, cats and birds,” says Ritu Kochhar, corporate director INIFD.

Well, prints can always be played upon and a mix ‘n’ match always makes it better! Black and white prints are the most traditional combinations in clothing and this season, we would witness playful, stylish and chic black and white pieces. From cocktail dresses to translucent gowns and blouses, we will see it everywhere!

“Boudoir fashion is going to be in for the spring/summer and be sexy as well as hot. Sheer slinky fabrics, lace, trimmings, ruffles all will be a hit this season,” says designer Sabah Khan. “Lace will make a comeback, but unlike last season when lace was everywhere this year it will mostly be seen on dresses,” she adds.

Talking about the global fabric trend, perforated fabrics will be a trendsetter and so would be the print mix. Just like many other prints, print mix trend has also come to us from the previous seasons; but it has also transformed and designers have presented it to create harmony. For the perforated fabric, Giles and Chloe showcased the perfect technique to use it.  “Sheerness became trendy long ago, but it is going to be global this season. For spring/summer 2012, designers have also offered sheer skirts, which can be either floor or knee-length,” says Neha Sidhu from Voila.

What’s in

The prints for the season are once again floral fancy. Also floral prints are again visible on the runway, with designers adding it to their collections to make it more feminine and attractive. 

Old-world charm
Designers Riimple-Mayyur revive Mughal, Victorian era

Mother-son designer duo Riimple and Mayyur Girotra have taken inspiration from the Mughal and Victorian eras to create their latest couture collection.

"Our forte lies in ethnic wear as well as trousseaus and occasion wear that include saris, suits, jackets and wedding gowns," Riimple said. "We usually take inspiration from the bygone and opulent Mughal and Victorian eras and have infused many elements of that period into the garments," she added. The collection is a mix of high collared asymmetrical coats with embroidered printed pencil trousers, gowns, anarkalis, jackets and fishnet skirts with corset blouses made with cotton, satin, chiffon in the bright shades like purple, orange, pink and red. The mother-son team feels that the combination of applique work and velvet patch work adds elegance to the line.

“We have used thread embroideries as practiced in Royal Ateliers of the past. Also jackets are heavily embellished with resham and zari embroidery inspired by the Mughal period. The dress and gowns are made of net and cotton satin lining with a combination of applique work and velvet patch work,” said Mayyur. — IANS

Two girls for Shahid

Shahid Kapoor is doing yet another Yash Raj film directed by Maneesh Sharma of Band Baaja Baaraat fame. He will have two new girls opposite him in the romantic comedy.

A source says, “Yash Raj Films want to launch a new girl after Anushka Sharma. They made all the right choices and moves with Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh and both of their finds have now become stars in their own right and are doing films outside the banner. They now want to launch two new girls and they will train and groom them as part of pre-production. The girls have to look good with Shahid.” 

The source continues, “This is Maneesh’s third film with YRF. He is suffering from a slipped disc so the shoot has been postponed to August. That gives YRF plenty of time to find the new faces. A special team will shortlist the girls and will be finalised by the Chopras and Sharma. One girl will be sweet and demure while the other girl will be extrovert and with oomph. It is clear that the film is a love triangle and Shahid is great at romantic films. Moreover, Maneesh’s direction will make the film different. Shahid had to opt out of a Dharma Production to be part of this movie so he must have definitely liked something in it and had committed to Sharma long ago. This will be Maneesh Sharma’s first film without Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh.”

The romantic comedy will release in 2013. —HRM

London calling

Yash Chopra's next directorial venture starring the king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan along with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, started shooting in London. Take a look at Shah Rukh and Katrina on location. He is teaching her how to play the guitar. He is in his romantic and charming hero element.

This untitled movie will mark the coming together yet again of the award winning duo of the music maestro A. R. Rahman and the poet and lyricist, Gulzar.

The film is scheduled for a Diwali 2012 release, the festive time when Yash Chopra movies over the years have lit up homes worldwide.

Beauty tips from Nargis

Nargis Fakhri may not be a great actress but she is a beautiful girl. That no one can deny. She also has a fun personality and is expressive and lively. She talks about being beautiful inside and out.

Inner secret
I feel if you are happy inside and you have a beautiful soul, then you will look beautiful. I have to look good because it is part of my job and I take care of my looks and figure by eating right, exercising, and being happy.

Hair care
My hair has been my biggest asset and I have received many compliments for it. I take care of my hair by oiling it regularly. I also use natural products that are free of harmful chemicals because they are gentle and effective.

Simple life
I am a free spirit and a simple girl. I love travelling so I took up modeling because it is a job that pays me to travel to different places and I get to wear fancy clothes and look pretty. I am a grateful person and am close to my family. I like living in the moment and do things that make me happy. I am very easy to hang out with. I believe in the magic of life.

Beautiful women
I admire Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Neetu Kapoor, Christiane Amanpour and Lady Diana for their beauty and beautiful heart and soul.

What’s cooking?

Looks like something’s cooking between Arnab aka Barun Sobti and Khushi aka Sanaya Irani of Star Plus’ show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. We spotted the two recently in Wai for the music video shoot of Star Parivaar Awards 2012. 

They were seen hanging out together all day during the shoot while eating, while working or while rehearsing they were just next to each other. The bonding between the two was much noticeable and what even surprising was that they also refused to leave each other on the shoot. We wonder if they are just friends or is it because they are working together on the show. Let’s ask this new telly birds - Is pyar ko hum kya naam de?

chatter box
Strange friendship

Rakhi Sawant and Angad Hasija Angad Hasija, who plays Aditya in Ram Milayi Jodi, is good friends with the controversial Rakhi Sawant. He claims Rakhi is a nice person once you get to know her. She doles out great one liners and is down to earth

Love to hate you: Rakhi Sawant and Angad Hasija 

Romantic twist

After battling several misunderstandings, Simar (Dipika Samson) and Prem (Shoaib Ibrahim) will come closer in the upcoming episodes of Colors’ Sasural Simar Ka. During the Holi celebrations Prem will find out that Simar is innocent of all wrongdoings he accused her of and will woo her bringing romance back into the show.

Talent talks

When Sparsh Khanchandani aka Raashi of Sony’s Parvarish had to deliver a performance-oriented shot in the show, she did it effortlessly surprising everyone on the set. In the shot, Rashi’s gets angry when she realises nothing is going as per her wish list as her elder sister Raavi is taking all the limelight. Even the cake is as per her sister’s choice. Raashi, who was feeling neglected as a child, was supposed to show anger by throwing the cake away and screaming at her elders. Her commendable performance was applauded.

Revenge time: Iqbal Khan Reaching out far and wide

Handsome Iqbal Khan, who was last seen in Sanjog Se Bani Sangini, will now be seen in Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli. Having appeared before, he will play the role of a guy who comes to Swarn bhavan for revenge amidst the Abha and Albeli face off.

Revenge time: Iqbal Khan

A year wiser: Hiten Tejwani Birthday bumps
Hiten Tejwani celebrated his birthday by cutting three cakes. One was most special as his family was with him and his kids cut one cake as well. He was overwhelmed with messages and fan mail wishing him a great year and he hopes his fans keep following him.

A year wiser: Hiten Tejwani

Ghost passion: Arhaan Behll Love for the horror
Arhaan Behll aka Krishna of Pratigya fame, has a fancy for spooky things like ghosts, horror movies, scary novels. He even loves to visit cemeteries and talk about horror experiences. In fact when he watches Hindi horror films, he finds them funny and craves for really scary ones. 

Ghost passion: Arhaan Behll

End of the road
Colors’ Phulwa, which was touted to be based on life of bandit Phoolan Devi will end soon. After a year on the channel, the show didn’t work as expected even after the hurried leap. Sargun Mehta, who starred in the show as a dacoit later, turned into a bahu with the kitchen politics as the focus. 

Ace driving skills
Kushal Tandon aka Viraat of Star Plus’s show Ek Hazaaron me Meri Behna Hai has amazing driving skills. Recently, he was spotted trying hands on tractor in Chandigarh and shockingly he learnt to drive the tractor in five minutes. TV hunk was there for the promotional event of Star Parivaar Awards 2012. After conquering the ramp and winning Grasim Mr India title in 2005 he entered into acting. His charm with his boy next door looks has been doing wonders for his show on Star Plus. 

The popular bad boy
Though he plays the role of an aggressive husband, who physically assaults his wife, Karanvir aka Viraj of Saubhagyavati Bhav, has been getting accolades from female fans. In fact he was invited to various women’s day functions too.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is March 10...

Professionals will grow steady in their careers. Businessmen will please their regular customers. Hard workers will be appreciated for their sincerity.

Follow the advice of a person you trust to organise your plans, which are currently slightly chaotic. The stars support your choices. Those born after 1980 will be able to make changes and feel at peace once again. They’ll be conciliatory and helpful towards others.

You will find romance if you are willing to make a sacrifice. You must listen to the quietest whispers. The longer you can stay in the light, the better you will look.  Do not be fooled into thinking your success is unlimited; but be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities. 

Frequent misunderstanding with your spouse will ruin your peace of mind. The unmarried may not find a satisfactory partner. Brothers and sisters may give you a joyful time.

Elders will guide you in your course of action. You may be reckless with money. Do not undertake purchases beyond your means. You may have to write off certain debts. Don’t burden yourself with installments or loans. Finding a good comfort zone is easier with a good pal at your side. Invitations for parties and travel may mature. General health will be satisfactory. Even chronic ailments may take a back seat. It’s year to work hard and play harder, and in the process, meet some true originals. The full Moon reminds you to stop and smell the roses, and to share that experience with others.

Mood: In need of faith and belief. Compatible signs: Sagittarius, Leo, Gemini. Lucky colours: Rose pink, Blue. Lucky days: Monday. Lucky numbers: 2, 10, 11, 15, 52. Lucky gem: Ruby. Lucky flower: Chameli. Suggestion on birthday: Donate old shoes or sandals.

Dolly Thakore (March 10, 1943) is a veteran theatre actress and casting director. She was married to fellow stage actor and producer Alyque Padamsee and her son is Quasar Padamsee also an actor turned theatre producer in Mumbai. Most of her career has been spent on the stage but she appeared in the film Page 3. Thakore was the casting director for the Academy Award winning film Gandhi back in 1982 where she was also responsible for recruiting the Indian actors in the film. She starred in the TV series Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Household tasks will be completed in record time. Speculation would be unwise. Models, admirers will stick to you like bees; but be careful. You will feel great with your renewed energy. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60

TAURUS: Boring routine jobs can be made more bearable through teamwork. Stress may build up, if there are unpaid bills or financial issues are weighing on your mind. You may be feeling vulnerable to the criticism of neighbours or friends. Tarot message: Focus on better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 59

GEMINI: Many of you will scurry to be on time, frantically trying to complete all the tasks. Make extra efforts to conclude pending projects. Secrecy of plans will help you at place of work. Do not aim for spectacular results. Tarot message: Wait and watch. Impatience will lead to failure. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 54

CANCER: Caring conversations and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Health problems maybe successfully handled. This is a good day for dealing in property. Cool down with water sports such as swimming or surfing. Tarot message: Unfinished business will unleash new problems. Lucky colour: Grey. Magic number: 39

LEO: A burst of domestic enthusiasm can sweep into cleaning and decorating your home. Married people will enjoy evening. Get a dose of fresh air. Feeling fit and healthy can only add to your confidence. Tarot message: You need to cultivate understanding and humility. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 63

VIRGO: Differences of opinion within the family could reach a boiling point. A stubborn response on your part won’t help. Do not compromise on financial issues. Love life runs into trouble. Tarot message: If you are tempted to travel overseas don’t waste money by financing the trip yourself. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 27

LIBRA: If you are not okay about a relationship finance or career issues, take a positive action. The employed will have to work overtime. An important meeting or travel may have to be shelved. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Camel. Magic number: 40

SCORPIO: You win over one enemy or adversary. Family life is charged with tension. Financially the first half of the day is rather expensive. Writers will find their work in print. Maintain a low profile. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 49

SAGITTARIUS: Those who are more spiritually inclined or who want to stay calm are likely in search of solitude. A feel good humour will weave into your affairs. Kindness spreads around you. Tarot message: Be positive and think carefully before taking action. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 42

CAPRICORN: Your card The Universe favours good progress in your profession. Be wary of a situation where it would be easy to make a mistake in haste. You will inevitably repent later. Distant affairs will be favourable. Tarot message: Do not let anyone get the advantage over you. Lucky colour: Bottle green. Magic number: 25

AQUARIUS: You card “The Moon” reveals a romantic interest. If you have a lover, this is the day to treat them to a generous gift accompanied. Fortune can smile on you from the least expected sources. Tarot message: Don’t be too certain about obtain a clearance. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 38

PISCES: An unexpected bonus could appear in your paycheck as a raise may be in the offing. Buy the right outfit for your sports or exercise program. Enjoy being noticed and acknowledged. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Yellow.

Magic number: 29

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