His experience with reality
Blood Money, Sunny Leone, a candle march in Pakistan, film director Mahesh Bhatt has lot to talk about. We are all ears.
Jasmine Singh

Everything is calm and easy, till he begins to speak. His silence is explosive and creates a volcanic eruption. If you can handle it, view it as splinters coming from a mind that believes in marching on its own terms, that bears a strong reflection of UG Krishnamurthi and one that exists because we imagine it does, director Mahesh Bhatt would begin to make sense.

Mahesh Bhatt takes a brief stop in Chandigarh to talk about his upcoming movie Blood Money, the author, activist and nomad with no destination (Says his twitter profile) answers to any volley whether it is single edged or double. He can't help being himself….Take it from him.

It's my life

As UG Krishnamurthi said, I live my life fearlessly. If I am shot or hanged for this, it will be no loss to mankind but I have to hold on to my views. I don't say anything to please people, I don't mince words and I don't impose my ideas on others. And I definitely don't live in a dead state of mind.

Blood Money & the story

We are good till we are given the opportunity to be bad. And the minute we get the opportunity, we try to do the expected stuff-make excuses, try to justify ourselves. Blood Money starring Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri directed by Vishal Mahadkar is a story of a guy who locks horns with the diamond mafia, and discovers truths that are unsettling for him. We went asking a set of questions to the youth in different cities, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Ahemdabad trying to understand their mental fibre. Almost 54 per cent of the youth will lie to achieve goals, 68 place money over love, so in a way Blood Money is a coming of age story of a young man pursuing a dream job that turns into a nightmare.

Reality…it always bites

I understand audiences like to watch mush, larger than life fantasies but they also like to see a bit of their reflection in a journey that is presented well in engaging and entertaining manner. Blood Money does it. There is no lecture in it, just simple facts.

Sunny Leone & the erotic thriller Jism 2

There is no denying the fact that my earlier movie Jism had a lot of fan following, with adult star Sunny Leone joining in, has added an extra zing to the movie. We must understand that in a country like India, we cannot be explicit about nudity. But Jism is not just about another erotic dimension, it is the story of a girl's journey to unimaginable heights. It reveals the real person strapped in many other things.

You will start admiring Sunny Leone

After Jism 2 the audiences will start admiring Sunny Leone because it shows her transition and her journey till date. She has a past, her parents who love her… this movie brings in a new Sunny Leone.

Stop being a hypocrite

Our personal lives are very different from how we behave in public. Why do you think pornography is a multi-billion industry. People say, I showcase sex, but if they actually have to see it they wouldn't depend on Jism or Murder for it, so stop pretending.

Candle light march in Pakistan

I have just returned from Pakistan where a few friend activists visited Shadman Chowk where Bhagat Singh was hung. We organised a candle light procession requesting the government there to call the chowk Bhagat Singh Chowk. It was an amazing activity. Freedom is not defined as getting rid of the British Raj, it is about letting different faiths to exist in harmony.


Living a dream
Not everyone is lucky enough to follow their heart. Onir, director of the National Award winning film I Am is one such exception
Ashima Batish

For a film that didn't even find a mention at the popular awards, there couldn't have been a better appreciation than bagging a national award, the ultimate recognition for quality cinema. Onir is elated, doesn't mince words, "I couldn't have asked for anything more." For someone, "living a dream life", a national award for I Am is icing on the cake. And the brownie points are that people funded the film through social networking sites. Success tastes sweet for sure. Onir shares a pie of his life with us as he talks about the film, its making and being on the top.


Has the feeling sunk in?

It still hasn't. In fact, I wasn't expecting it in the first place. Now that people are calling up to congratulate, it validates the effort and hard work I had put in the film. It's an encouragement to carry on with the kind of films I believe in.

What was your reaction after winning the award?

I was flying from Hyderabad to Mumbai when the awards were announced. Once I landed at the airport and switched on my mobile, I was flooded with calls from well wishers. The award and support of friends and fans have inspired me to make cinema for the people and of the people.

Your film I Am was 'by the people', considering the fact it was funded through social networking sites. Are people glad to invest their faith in you?

Absolutely. The term I used for producers of the film is crowd funding. Four hundred people invested in the film, they reposed faith in the off-beat cinema, which didn't boast of A-list Bollywood actors or big banner production houses. An interesting fact is that in the biggest film industry of the world, where big budget films means a 100 crore investment, a small film made on a shoestring budget of 1.5 crore won a national award. The film has set example for people who want to make different cinema.

Does it now surprise you that the film that couldn't manage a single nomination in the popular awards won the most prestigious honour? Do you think Bollywood is insensitive towards lesser known film makers?

Winning two national awards, first for the film and second for the best lyrics have made me forget everything negative. You can't get an honour bigger than this for your sincerity and hard work. But when I think of the treatment the film was meted out at the popular award ceremonies it feels bad. The awards have to be telecast on the channels, which are dictated by the TRPs. Celebrities are invited and awards are given away only the basis of which one would fetch the maximum viewership. Who would invite a small time director like Onir on the stage and suffer financially!

What do you think made the film bag the national award?

The subject of the film - love. It is central to our lives. Any story that I think will touch people's life makes for a perfect script.

You addressed difficult subjects like homosexuality and AIDS in your films. Do you think films on such unusual topics will ever be commercially successful?

People haven't been exposed to experimental cinema much. There has always been a strict demarcation between mainstream and parallel cinema. The audience will gradually start liking bolder films but for that we have to present them with quality stuff. The need of the hour is that parallel cinema should be accepted just like the commercial cinema.

Yours and Sanjay Suri's friendship is one off case in the industry. You are not even a part of the camps that dictate trends. Is it difficult to work independently?

What is needed in friendship is honesty. Friends should not be used as ladder to move ahead in career; rather they should make up for each others weakness. In my and Sanjay's case, we were very clear that we wanted to make meaningful cinema for ourselves, for people and for society.

Your future projects?

We now are encouraging first time producers through the production house that Sanjay and I have come up with. Chauranga will be directed by Vikash Mishra. Another project, Coach Kamina will be shot in Chandigarh. I will be directing one shortly as well. For Coach Kamina also, we will be using crowd funding. I hope a lot of people from Chandigarh will come forward to support the cause. Who knows the success of I am gets repeated.


Live with passion
Reekrit Serai, a young author from the city talks about his debut book and its story idea
Sabia Talwar

As I Turn Twenty by Reekrit Serai, a twenty-year-old Chandigarh-based author talks about the importance of living ones passion, to avoid regretting later in life. It took him three months to write the book and eight months to get it published. Quick for a beginner! We wonder what the book revolves around.

"The main thought behind the book is that the youth of today ignore passion in order to become successful," quips Reekrit, who shared excerpts from his book at Books n Brew. The story is about a young guy named Damien Rajput, who is born and brought up in London and is a total loser in life. This guy is a shy one but his life changes, when he meets a girl named Angel, whose life on the contrary is too perfect. "The storyline will make you think that it is a love story but surprisingly it is not. They become friends first and then fall in love," adds Reekrit.

Towards the end of the book, you will get to know that how Damien realises his passion and learns to achieve his dreams. So is the book semi autobiographical? "Not at all, it's just that I have always been a keen observant. The book is in fact a collection of my experiences till now," says Reekrit. Reekrit was born in Chandigarh, has spent eight years of his life in London and is currently is pursuing Canadian BBA from GGDSD College, Chandigarh. So how did he think about getting into writing? "I have always had an inclination towards creative writing. I penned down my first poem when I was four. And now through this book, I want to share that people forget to live their dreams and there are certain things in life which our education system also cannot teach us," adds Reekrit. The young writer aspires to write more and his second book will be out in a few months. Says Reekrit, "The second book titled, War of Dogs is on a serious topic- political scene of Punjab." Though he has just started as a writer but he suggests that young writers should not lose hope when publishing houses do not support them. "If the story idea is original, the work is bound to be appreciated." He signs off by saying that every book should have a strong thought to connect with the readers. That's the key to impress the publishing houses!


stress buster
Are all the relationships worth keeping?
Renee singh

People in our lives can be a great source of comfort but also sometimes they can be a significant cause of stress. Stress relief is very important for our physical and emotional well being. We understand this and we all realise the value of a good relationship. Having a happy relationship is a great stress reliever, conversely a conflicted relationship can bring a great deal of stress.

Relationship research shows that there is a very important impact that relationships have on our health, well being and stress levels.

Relationship conflict can negatively affect your health in several ways. Research has also shown us that stable negative social exchanges are significantly associated with lower self rated health, greater functional limitations and a higher number of health conditions.

Impact on immunity

Stress dampens the immune system. Ongoing stress can really take a toll on your health and needs immediate attention.

Family conflict

This is not uncommon. The most important relationships in our lives are within our family and are perhaps the greatest cause of our major stress. I feel this not basically due to a lack of love but due to a lack of comfort in dealing with conflict among family members, whether it is open conflict over the dinner table or a one to one argument.

Ambivalent friendships

These are relationships where interactions are sometimes negative and hostile and sometimes positive and supportive. These have a clear negative impact on health, affect blood pressure, contribute to heart disease and many other co related conditions. It is in your best interest to minimise and eliminate negative relationships in your life.

Make a plan to minimise stress of ambivalent relationships by dealing with stress in these two steps.

l Step one

Make a list of all the friendships in your life. Include all the people you can think of as friends, whether you meet them sometimes or you meet them regularly. Include your romantic partners whether they are in your life now or they were there earlier or maybe likely to come back.

l Step two

Circle the name of friends or people in your life who are positive, those who support you when you are down and share your joy when good things happen to you. For others evaluate your friendships and other relationships genuinely to see if they are beneficial to you or detrimental.

Ask yourself

Is this relationship worth the work you are putting into it?

Am I holding on to the relationship because of habit?

Would I want to be with this person if we met today?

Does the person make me feel good about myself?

Am I uncomfortable with the person?

Do I like who I am when I am with that person?

Do we bring out the best in each other?

How deeply can I trust this person?

Do we have common interests?

Am I receiving as much as I give to this relationship?

Does the relationship enrich my life?

Once you answer these questions it gives you a clearer picture of whether the relationship is positive for you or negative?

Check yourself and learn to let go?

Restructure your thoughts

Our habitual thought patterns shape what we get angry about. Change your thoughts in a way to attack negative thoughts to change them to positive.

Let go of toxic relationships

At some point accept that some relationships stress you continually. Recognise these people and keep them at a safe distance. Stay on with your healthy relationships.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

Master Chef
Rice feast
Manju Dewan

If the query, “What’s cooking today”? elicits the response biryani it’s almost hundred percent sure that your are in for a treat. A well made biryani with it’s multiflavors intact, is a mouth watering option for all. A spicy version is tastes even better. The name biryani is derived from a Persian word – berya(n) which means roasted or fried, making it so inherently different from a pulao. With it’s rich ingredients it becomes a complete  meal. Enjoy it with raita or a soft curry


l Heat ghee in a pan and sauté onions till light pink. Add all dry ingredients and cook. Turn off the gas and let it cool.

l Add tomato puree to it and blend well to form a paste.

l Cook the paste for 1-2 minutes and add rice. Add three cups of water and let it cook.

l Blend curd, sugar, milk and kesar. When the rice is half cooked add this paste and cook.

l Now transfer the rice in a bowl and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degree.

l Turn the rice upside down on a tray and garnish with dhania, tomatoes, cucumber.

l Serve with curd.

(Manju Dewan is a Ludhiana based culniary expert

As told to Poonam Bindra

Head to toe
Anil juneja

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is an invigorating seated side-bending posture. In Sanskrit, Parivrtta means revolved, janu means knee and sirsa means head. Thus Parivrtta janu sirsasana is the revolved head to knee pose.

Though it is called revolved head-to-knee, it is very difficult to make contact between these two parts of the body. Parivrtta janu sirsasana deeply stretches the side of the body from the hips to the fingertips. Abdominal organs are contracted and stretched on both sides. It also alleviates the disorders of the abdominal organs, the liver, the kidney, the spleen and strengthens them. It’s a great method of stretching the spine, shoulders, groins and hamstring of the extended leg. It is very helpful in improving the digestive system. To start with, sit on the mat with your legs stretched straight in front of you. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your right foot to the inner left thigh. Lean your torso over to the left, and hold the big toe from the inside of your left foot with your left hand, bringing the back of your left forearm to the floor inside your left leg. Begin to twist your torso away from the left leg, opening your chest to the right. If your left arm is inside the left leg, you can press the arm into the leg for resistance as you twist. Bring the gaze forward, letting the head and neck follow the twist in the spine, but do not over rotate the neck. Raise the right arm overhead and let the right biceps come over the right ear. Keep the left foot flexed. After 4-6 breaths, release your big toe and come back up to sit and switch the position of your legs for a twist to the other side.

You can perform this yoga posture if you are suffering from slight lower back pain but avoid it when you have strong back pain. Performing this yoga form on a daily basis will especially benefit people who sit on computers for long hours. Increase the duration of practice gradually.

(Juneja is Chandigarh-based yoga expert)

He’s got the looks

Keeping in tune with the latest trends and yet going casual about it, is the real smartness which makes heads turn. Final year engineering student Lokesh Rajput, who prefers sensible formals over casuals for ‘the look’, believes in subdued elegance.

Your sense of style…

Confidence in carrying oneself in whatever one wears is true style. Such style sense is never outdated and I think in these days of the ‘over casual look’ one has to have the perfect balance to be noticed.

Latest addition to your treasure of clothing or accessories…

My white shoes from ‘Puma’!

Brand crazy or street pick-ups?

Brands definitely!

Your style icon would be…

Without a doubt, it is Aamir Khan, who can carry off anything with aplomb.

Who do you think is the worst-dressed celebrity?

Govinda, no doubt!

Which look would your prefer–sporty, chic or glamorous?

Glamorous it is!

One fashion trend that goes beyond your comprehension…

Very low waist jeans and piercing eyebrows is something I can’t understand!

Your take on accessories?

I am particular about the watch I am wearing, rest of the accessories are 
just functionary.

What gives you a high on the confidence level…

Looking slim and the occasional compliment from ‘you know who’ really boosts my confidence!

If I am comfortable in what I wear, this also gives confidence.

(As told to Poonam Bindra)

Road Rage
Speed it up
Simranjeet Gill

So now that you own a bigger CC machine it is time you knew what kind of fuel to use and why. The inquisitive may read further.

You hear those guys talking about 87, 93, 97 octane value fuel but never cared to know what is Octane and what does it stand for? Now that you are making the effort to read, here you go.

What is Octane?

Octane is a type of hydrocarbon which has 8 carbon atoms joined together. Of all the hydrocarbons, Octane handles compression well - that is to say that you can compress it to large extent before it destabilizes. Octane rating does not imply the energy content in the fuel; it simply is the measure of fuel’s tendency to burn in a controlled manner.

What is the definition of right fuel?

Right fuel for the engine is the one which ignites at the correct compression ratio in a controlled manner, than exploding. Different kinds of fuel available are – Regular Unleaded (87 octane), Speed 93 (93 octane), Speed 97 (97 octane)

What kind of fuel does my vehicle require?

Consult your owner manual. Majority cars would mention regular fuel, but vehicles using high performance engines such as sports cars, superbikes would ask for high octane fuel. High performance engines are engines which give higher horsepower given their weight. High horsepower can be achieved by increasing the compression ratio given a displacement which requires the fuel to be ignited by spark plug at the optimal point - and so the demand for high octane fuel. Using a low octane fuel, would cause the fuel to ignite prematurely due to compression and hence create knocking in the engine. Occasional knocking won’t harm, but heavy and persistent knocking can cause damage to the engine. You would know that you are using the right fuel by observing if there is any knocking in the engine.

Would using a higher octane fuel increase my vehicle’s performance?

Yes and No. Yes, if your vehicle has a high performance engine demanding a higher octane fuel, it would increase the performance to optimal level. No, if your vehicle carries a regular engine using high octane fuel would be of no help. However, there are additives in such fuels which help keep the injector and fuel filter clean.

What if high octane fuel is not available?

In such cases of contingency, you can keep octane boosters handy. The quantity of octane booster to be added to fuel tank would depend on its potency and your tank size – read instructions on the bottle.

It only helps to use the right fuel for your vehicle. So, be an informed consumer when asking the attendant on what kind of fuel to fill.

(Gill is a Chandigarh based HOG rider)

Star track
New babe on the block

Just arrived: Evelyn Sharma

She’s studied business and dabbled in real estate in far-end Germany! She knows eight languages including English, Hindi, French, Dutch, Spanish, Thai, Russian and Tagalog of Philippines.

With an Indian father, a German mother, and a name resembling one of Hollywood’s biggest superstars Marilyn, Evelyn Sharma is the hottest Bollywood import since Katrina Kaif!

1 Making a mark on the Indian firmament after modeling all over the world, Evelyn has already completed over a hundred assignments in India in the last few months, since migrating here! Despite her foreign origins, she dubs in Hindi herself!

2 This month, she was the showstopper face of ace designer Rocky S, setting the ramp on fire before the grand finale of India’s most prestigious fashion and trade event, the Lakme Fashion Week! Next, Evelyn stars opposite India’s original rock star Palash Sen in the forthcoming video of his rock band Euphoria!

3 The girl has been actively involved with charities for children around Europe and now supports the SOS Children’s Villages of India! She’s into yoga, gymming, dancing, kick-boxing and loves action!

4 What’s more! The newbie in Bollywood has just signed not one, not two, but three movies in a row! Starting with Manish Tiwary’s Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar; Evelyn will be seen with veteran filmmaker Pramod Chakravorty’s grandson Prateek Chakravorty in his debut film From Sydney With Love; followed by a pivotal role in Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer under Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions. Everybody make way for Evelyn Sharma.


Will he, will he not?
Ace actor Nana Patekar is rumoured to have been approached for the role of a lead villain in the upcoming Mumbai Mirror

Tough call: Nana Patekar

While Aazaan star Sachiin Joshi’s forthcoming film Mumbai Mirror co-starring Mallika Sherawat is about to go on floors next month, buzz is that ace actor Nana Patekar has been approached to play the main villain.

 Directed by Ankush Bhatt, of Bhindi Bazaar Inc. fame, the movie mirrors the Mumbai underbelly and revolves around the nexus between powerful corrupt dance bar lords and the Mumbai Police. If rumour mills are to be believed, Nana has been offered the pivotal role of Shetty; the most dreaded character in the story. Sachiin plays a quirky cop in this realistic commercial potboiler, while Mallika essays the role of an irresistible dance bar queen. Mumbai Mirror has music by Anand Raj Anand and shooting is expected to commence next month with a wrap in three months flat.

 The other intriguing part is that Sachiin might go in for either a bald look or a military-style crew haircut for this movie. He’s also been loosing weight and training hard on his physique to fit into the role of a whimsical cop. — HRM


In the making …

Moving on: Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif has bagged Prakash Jha’s film on anti-corruption. The film is called Satygrah and stars Akshay Kumar. Madhuri Dixit is also a part of the cast.



The inconvincible

Turning down: Ranbir Kapoor 

Ranbir Kapoor is a smart boy who is very professional. He turned down Subhash Ghai’s movie. Ghai asked Rishi Kapoor to convince the young actor but he did not oblige. Script is the king!

Saif: Kareena is a great actor

Standing up: Saif Ali Khan

Even though Agent Vinod has garnered average reviews, Saif Ali Khan is optimistic. He said, “Every movie is a bet, but this is perhaps the biggest bet.

It will be a major bet if it works. I don’t feel Agent Vinod can go awfully bad. If this film works, it can open up a lot of possibilities of making such kinds of films.” He also praised Kareena as an actor. “I think she is a great actor.

But I don’t think the chemistry between two actors has anything to do with real life couples. I would agree that in some situations, the chemistry could be lackluster because it becomes very usual, but I don’t think that is the case with our film,” he added. When quizzed if he would like to direct a film, he responded, “I don’t think I can direct a film.”


Confirmed rumour!

Hush hush affair: Neil Nitin Mukesh 

Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan are dating and happy together but want to keep it all under wraps for now. They are doing a film for now.

Click click!

Behind the lens: Priyanka Chopra 

Priyanka Chopra loves taking pictures and she confessed this as she recently launched a new camera from a certain brand. Here she looks sexy, plus we like the mermaid braid

Parental guidance

Strict eye: Liz Hurley 

Hollywood actress and model Elizabeth Hurley’s son has finally watched his godfather Hugh Grant in a movie, after years of missing out because of the actor’s onscreen swearing.

The Notting Hill star voices the lead seafaring character in the new animated film The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists, and he hit the red carpet in London on March 21 for the premiere, a website reported. The 51-year-old actor headed inside for the screening and was later snapped sneaking his godson Damian, Hurley’s nine-year-old boy, out of the cinema. “We’re always trying to find something that Uncle Hugh has done that he can see, but they’re full of swear words. It’s quite difficult trying to find stuff for kids,” Hurley had said. — PTI

What a sport

Performance oriented: Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor will flag off the opening ceremony of the IPL next month. Here’s hoping Bebo’s sexy moves will set the pace for our cricketers on the field.

She will dance to her latest songs including the Mujra one. Her performance is the longest and then the others will follow.


Couple in the making

new love: Rihanna

R&B star Rihanna has reportedly been dating Ashton Kutcher for the past eight weeks after the pair met at a party in December.

The 24-year-old singer was seen leaving the Two and a Half Men star’s Hollywood home earlier this week and is said to be smitten by Kutcher, who split from wife Demi Moore in November amid a cheating scandal, reported a publication online. According to her friends, the singer is also considering joining Kutcher’s Kabbalah group.

“The flirting began as soon as Rihanna and Ashton met and swapped numbers. That moved on to texts and arranging to meet. They snuck off to a Santa Monica hotel a few weeks ago. They are two single people having a fling, so thought it would be best to meet in secret,” a source said.

“Rihanna has told friends he’s funny and cute. Both of them love having a good time and think they’re too busy for anything serious just yet. She’s starting to enquire about Kabbalah sessions with his rabbi. Kutcher, 34, is keen to keep the romance as secret as possible as he doesn’t want to upset Moore, who has recently completed a stint in rehab where she got treatment for exhaustion, substance abuse and an eating disorder.” “Ashton does not want to rub a new relationship in her face. She’s still vulnerable. He’s a good guy and, with all the Demi’s recent health problems, people have forgotten that,” the source said. Rihanna was recently linked to her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. — PTI

On a reformation

Agony aunt: Lindsay Lohan

Actress Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina has advised her to stay at home and “live in a bubble” to avoid getting into trouble till her probation ends. The 25-year-old troubled star has been on her best behaviour in recent months as she fulfils her community service hours and attends therapy sessions relating to her 2011 conviction for a probation violation, reported a channel online. Lindsay’s probation ends on March 29.

“I said (to Lindsay) do not leave the house! She’s coming down the home stretch and the paparazzi is just stalking her right now and trying to do anything, crash her car, just trying to hurt her before her court date on the 29th and we just wanna put this behind us,” said Dina.

Dina’s advice came after Lindsay got involved in an alleged hit-and-run incident outside a Hollywood nightclub last week. The actress dismissed the accusations as false and absurd and Dina admits she’s since told Lindsay to stay indoors to ensure that her last few days on probation remain drama free. “So I said, ‘Live in a bubble for the next two weeks and everything’s over...’ and she’ll be free and clear to live her life,” Dina added. — PTI

Chatter box
Ankita’s style statement

sari struck: Ankita Lokhande

Ankita Lokhande loves to style herself and most of her outfits in her show Zee's Pavitra Rishta are designed by her. As her character Archana sticks to simple outfits, Ankita gets bored with the same cotton saris, so she thinks of new ways to reinvent her style.


Aman Verma

Nothing's cooking!

Aman Verma feels that there is no need to learn to cook ever and says, "I can only make an omlette! According to me it's for necessary to know how to cook if you need it. I can lead my life without knowing how to cook." You have a point Aman!



social cause:Karan Kundra

Payback time

Karan Kundra is glad that his show Gumrah on Channel V is gaining acceptance among the youth. He feels this is his way of returning something to the society and the industry. The show focuses on teen crime and how it affects their lives.


Legal issues

Former Glamour model Katie Price is suing ex-husband Peter Andre over an alleged breach of confidence. She began legal proceedings against the singer at Britain's High Court, accusing him of misusing information about her. Price applied for an injunction against Andre and also named her ex-manager Claire Powell, who is the singer's current agent, in her official documents. — PTI



No time for love

Soumya Seth aka Navya of Navya has no space for love in real life. And wants to go for an arranged marriage. In times, when young people particularly actors just refuse to do so, she might be a novelty.


Ready to hit the floor

Buzz is that Avika Gor and Vishal Singh of Saathiya fame will be part of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Madhuri Dixit will judge the show which will soon air on Colors. The production house is also chalking up other celebs.

Romantic at heart

MUSH FACTOR: Karan V Grover

Karan V Grover, who enacts the role of Karan in Zee TV's Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, is a heartthrob. We quiz this dashing actor about his definition of love, what qualities he likes in a girl and more...

What's your definition of romance?

Romance is an urge to love. Without romance, there cannot be true love.

According to you, what is love and romance?

Love is a feeling and romance is what keeps it alive. They are connected to each other. Without love, you cannot be romantic to anyone. They are very different from each. They're like the two sides of a coin.

How would you like to be wooed?

I think I can be easily wooed if the girl is gentle, sweet, understanding and polite. I like girls who are soft spoken and aren't very difficult to deal with.

What are the qualities that you look for in a girl?

I like girls who are grounded and do not throw tantrums. Polite and sweet to talk to. I like girls who are tall and leggy.

Do you feel that love is blind?

I don't think love is blind. When we are in love, we do a lot of things that lacks logic and explanations but that doesn't really make it blind. It's a pure feeling.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: A hazardous day. Keep your mind on the job throughout the day. Do not day dream. Romance could see an anticlimax. Be tactful in your criticism though emotions will be easily aroused. Tarot message: Health of an elderly member at home will need looking after. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 32

TAURUS: No need to make any important move today. In the office more efforts may be expected from you without the possibility of higher income. Keep the law breakers at bay. Take care of your stomach. Tarot message: Feel good about yourself and prepare yourself for a mental battle. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 28

GEMINI: A relative you have not seen from a very long time will catch up with you during a family gathering. Entrepreneurs must try for the loan. Past differences could easily cause quarrels today. A somewhat easier day for students. Tarot message: You may encounter some difficulties regarding finances. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 30

CANCER: This is a fantastic time to contact and visit friends. Push hard for the good results that you know you are capable of achieving. Health will not cause any worry. Hold your temper. Tarot message: Not a bad time to open up new doors that could lead you in a more lucrative direction. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 31

LEO: Your card reveals best moments to relax and socialize with friends and loved ones. This is a good day for household repairs. Be sure to grasp the job opportunity. Motivation is likely to wane leaving you feeling frustrated and angry. Tarot message: Avoid gossip session at work place. Lucky colour: Fuchsia. Magic number: 64

VIRGO: You will instinctively know when to talk and when to put your head down and work. Defer making fresh investments. Financial transaction comes to the fore after 1.00 p.m. Tarot message: You can stabilise your financial situation if you make property investments.Lucky colour: Burgundy. Magic number: 42 

LIBRA: Catching up on jobs you have been putting off for a while seems a wise idea. Time to indulge in meditation and yoga. You will shine in surroundings that are unfamiliar to you. Falling into bad company or unhealthy habits will be regretted. Tarot message: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Beige. Magic number: 59

SCORPIO: Do not miss the opportunity to unlead all that unfinished business that seems to be weighing on your mind and spirit.New partnership can be formed. Try not to nag people about minor issues. Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 60

SAGITTARIUS: Patronage from powerful individuals can validate your efforts. Share problems with loved ones. Get on with minor repair jobs around the home. Over eating will be regretted. Do not take any risk with your savings. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: Deep Red. Magic number: 40

CAPRICORN: Be positive in your approach. You will be better able to cope with jobs that require team effort. Women should keep their stakes low while playing cards. Be wary of situation were it could be easy to make a mistake. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 57

AQUARIUS: Where you go and whatever you do, the focus of everyone's attention is likely to be on you. Check you car before you set out. Relatives will be difficult to get along with. Focus on personal affairs. Tarot message: Wait a while, everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Forest Green. Magic number: 52

PISCES: Do not get involved in any land deal. A secret love affair will bring you some added pleasure. Accepting accolades promotes self-confidence and raises self-esteem. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 63

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is March 26...

Ruled by number 8 and the planet Saturn, you are assertive, cheerful, confident, authoritative and enthusiastic person. This birth date inclines you to interests in the technical, scientific and religious explorations. You may be emotional, but have a hard time expressing these emotions. Because of this, there may be some difficulty in giving or receiving affection.

A mix of independent work and team effort is the key now. You are introspective and a little stubborn. You are gifted with a strong intuition, lot of talent and remarkable imagination. Because of this, it may not be easy for you to maintain permanent relationships, but you will be able to manage.

You'll be very coherent and will be decisive when dealing with all problems. Something will irritate those born in the last decade; this could be humdrum routine or a need for change. The stars recommend a little patience. Students will be busy with studies, preparing for the forthcoming examinations. If you neglect the urgent matter, it will cost you more in the long run than you can now possibly imagine.

This year investments will bring you fresh gains and you will spend more on luxuries and other comforts. Financial improvement is likely. Some will get job offers. Romantic entanglement will be pleasant and chances to enter into a matrimonial alliance will be very strong. It is an exciting time in every respect. Expect gifts and goodies both in cash and kind, but some unexpected expenses will take you by surprise. Health issues of a family member or a dear one may make you worried.

You have excellent qualities of executing plans made by others, but are not very good at amassing wealth. You are good at advising others on the virtues of savings but do not follow the same principles for self. December can bring an unusual new person into your life or spice up an ongoing relationship. Religious feelings will arise, making you embark on a pilgrimage later in the year.

Mood: Happy throughout the year. Compatible signs: Cancer, Leo. Lucky colours: Cream, Blue. Lucky days: Tuesday and Wednesday. Lucky numbers: 9, 14, 22, 54, 55. Lucky gem: Blue sapphire. Lucky flower: Apple blossom. Suggestion on birthday: Donate red or orange clothes at a religious place or to the needy.

Archana Puran Singh (March 26, 1962, Dehradun), continuously judged the comedy show for 13 seasons with celebrities like Satish Shah, Johny Lever, Shekhar Suman, Rohit Shetty, Ajay Jadeja, Tusshar Kapoor and Daler. She started doing ad-films.

Jalal Agha, cast her in the lead role in his serial, Mr and Mrs. She made her film debut in the year 1987, in the movie Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah. She is married to television actor Parmeet Sethi.

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