If looks could kill
Ever envied gorgeous stars that light up the silver screen? Well, it all comes at a cost and that too a whopping one

If Hollywood's hot favourite Jennifer Aniston spends 90,000 pounds on beauty treatments each year, reports peg our erstwhile reigning Bollywood queen Sridevi and her family's expenses on looks at a staggering Rs 25 lakhs a month. We talk to a few in the glamour industry on how challenging it is to present a pleasant picture all the time.

No pain no gain

Khushboo GrewalActor Khushboo Grewal has been lately taking good care of herself! Personal trainer, laser treatments, visits to dentists and dermatologists means lots of time and money, but this glam girl isn't complaining. "One needs to give extra edge to one’s look and efforts are required for that," says Khushboo, who sports two tattoos, one on her shoulder blade that reads her name and another on the ankle that reads "eat, pray, love and sing' in French.

Exercise for lasting glow

Jaspinder CheemaIn showbiz one is known more by appearance than ability and Punjabi actor Jaspinder Cheema, who will soon be seen in Veeran Naal Sardari, swears by it. "I wouldn't care a bit about my appearance just a few years ago, but now I do what is the order of the day," reveals Jaspinder. Her day starts with an hour of jogging, strenuous workout in the evening and beauty sleep at night. "I find truth in my teacher's statement — it is exercise that brings glow on your face. Even make-up works better on a pretty face," says Jaspinder, who spends more on wardrobe than beauty treatments.

Disciplined approach

Kulraj RandhawaPunjabi kudi Kulraj Randhawa, of Bollywood flick Chaar Din Ki Chandni fame, looks after her 'looks' but isn't 'whole day standing in front of the mirror' types. Kulraj spells out the secret behind her fresh, bubbly look, "Keeping discipline in terms of exercise and eating is challenging but being in tinsel world, there isn't any other option. Two hours of yoga each day, visits to physiotherapists, beauty regimes take large chunks of time and money," says the actor, who keeps it to Chanel and Dior when it comes to makeup.

Eating less is costly

Iqbal KhanIf you thought it is only women who go through rigorous regimes, well, men too have shell out time and money to be in the business. Fitness comes first for actor Iqbal Khan, who just got over shooting for the movie Unforgettable. Even when shooting from nine to nine, he takes out time for exercise at the crack of dawn. "I wake up early and finish my exercise before I go to work. Earlier, I would workout in the evenings too, but now with a pretty wife and adorable daughter I reserve time for them at the end of the day," says Iqbal. Not a metrosexual male in terms of parlour visits and all, he stops at being neat and clean. "I really can't handle salon visits. In one project, I had to keep long hair that had to be blow-dried and I would be way too ashamed even getting that done."

But eating less is more expensive than eating more, he points out.

Fit body over pretty face

Samiksha Singh If cosmetics and spas cost a bomb (obviously one is not taking any chances by opting for cheaper creams or visiting smaller parlours, especially when one is in the glam business, the protein shakes and supplements cost no less. Maintaining a fit body takes more than a pretty face, feels Samiksha Singh, a computer engineer-turned-actor. With a few Tamil and Telugu films in her kitty, she is presently enjoying her stint in Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli. "One can't imagine what all an actor has to go through. One requires a fit body to do the long and gruelling shifts," she says. This actor swears by power yoga for an hour a day to keep fit. And, rather goes for home treatments than parlour when not shooting. "Dietician, trainer, treatments cost much but then that's how it is."


The smile says it all...
After a successful stint in Bollywood, Sonali Bendre is every bit a family person now
Jasmine Singh

Gossamer skin, eyes brightened with kohl and a dark lip colour rolled on her fuller lips, actress Sonali Bendre looks far more pretty and real that what we see of her on screen. Not to miss the warm smile that sits on her face like it has been there forever! You have to tear yourself from admiring her beauty to getting down to business. Sonali comes to Chandigarh to launch Vera mustard oil for which she is a brand ambassador and looks every bit of someone who hasn't touched anything remotely near oil ever!

She laughs her heart out. "Is that so? I eat everything in moderation. I exercise three times a week and this is it," she says, shrugging her shoulders. This is what we call genetically blessed! At the same time, Sonali finds luck favouring her here as well — a good innings in Bollywood, some interesting advertisements and a reality show. Hands full? "My husband Goldie Behl is very keen I return top cinema and I also feel it is a good time for cinema because a number of genres are being explored. At the same time, with so much movie people in the family and a production house I don't ever feel I am out of movies. It is happening all around me. I am doing a reality show, which is good and quite enjoyed it," she says.

The smile gets ever bigger and we look on. Confidence and warmth, the actress has both in equal measure. "My priorities are very clear. I quit movies when I was pregnant, after that I was around my son all the time. I did not want to miss out on his growing years. Every step he takes, every little thing he does I want to be there. He is more important to me than anything else."

Sonali and her husband have always led a very rumour-free life, something that is next to impossible in the industry. "Trust me I don't make any conscious efforts or do something extra for it. We are just two very normal people, one normal couple, who like to keep their lives private," she says with confidence and grace. And you want to believe her somehow!

Back to work - the reality show we saw her in, India's Got Talent. For a person who likes privacy, reality shows is a totally opposite world. "I can't say about other shows, but this one is definitely different. It is amazing to see people coming from all parts of the country to showcase their talent. And believe me, I am the most difficult judge on the show. I find it very difficult to say no to people, especially youngsters, who come with so many hopes," she adds. Saying no is difficult indeed, so what are the things that she has said no to firmly! She laughs, brushing her hair aside, thinking for a moment and then smiling. "I can say what I have said yes to — it is life that revolves around my husband and kid, my work and my health."


You are what you eat...
Whosoever said diet is dull and boring has obviously not eaten my food, says Shonali Sabherwal, author of The Beauty Diet

Eat Your Way To A Fab New You is the tagline for Shonali Sabherwal’s book. The Beauty Diet is endorsed by the who’s who of Bollywood. From Katrina Kaif to Neha Dhupia, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangada Singh, Esha Deol and Hema Malini swear by this diet. In fact, it’s the mother-daughter duo, Esha and Hema, who grace the cover of the book.

But for Shonali, celebrity or not, a client is a client. “I do end up spending more time with my celebrity clients, as their demands and schedules are more rigorous,” she confesses. Things have worked out in favour of this chef, dietician, consultant and now writer. Just five years down the line, she is a hit.

About five years back, she started with meals (she is still doing it). “A trained chef that I am, meals come easy,” says Shonali who was, in Chandigarh, on Friday at Capital Book Depot-17 for a reading and interaction session. Katrina Kaif discovered her by chance. And, the rest followed.

Shonali is still doing her meals. Her tiffins are not only full on nutrients but come in great variety — Moroccan, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Carribbean, Thai and Japanese. Each meal comes with a dessert but is sugar-free. In fact, the macrobiotic diet that she recommends is of Japanese origin. “It was started by Japanese, and perfected for American palate in the US,” says Shonali, who has geared it towards Indian sensibilities. The diet is supposed to reverse serious health conditions.

In fact, when her father was diagnosed with cancer, Shonali set out to find alternative methods. “I got to know about this diet that reverses serious health conditions, including cancer.” Sadly, at that time she did not have enough expertise in macrobiotics. Now things are different. “My meals are generic. They suit people who are diabetic or simply trying to lose weight,” she says.

Her book is full on case histories, meal suggestions and recipes. Published by Random House India, the book is priced at Rs 250.

Next, it’s retail on Shonali’s mind. Her Soulfoods will hit the market soon. “One must make a choice between nutrition, efficient or inefficient food. You are what you eat,” she dishes out!


Eat healthy, be beautiful

Give up sugar in all forms

Cut back on dairy products

Include brown rice and whole grain

Go for good quality fermented food

Have a proper ‘sit-down’ meal

Of human, animal…nature
Satwant Singh, a renowned name in art circles, has recently bagged the Haryana State Award for his works. We speak to him about his passion for colours in life
Vasudha Gupta

Master stroke: Satwant Singh poses along with a couple of his creations Photo: Nitin Mittal
Master stroke: Satwant Singh poses along with a couple of his creations Photo: Nitin Mittal

For an artist inspired by nature, thinking of the human-animal correlation is quintessential. “Most of the animals behave like humans and several humans end up behaving like animals,” shares Satwant Singh, a renowned artist of the region. Recently been bestowed with the Haryana State Award at the Haryana Contemporary Art Exhibition organised by the Haryana Institute of Fine Arts in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Government of India, he still speaks like an enthusiastic art addict!

Having started his journey into colours and arts, Satwant’s creations today line the finest hotels and eateries in Chandigarh. Having passed-out from the Government College of Art, Satwant soon became attracted to nature and decided his way in life. “Man is just a bit cleverer than animal, otherwise all basic emotions between man and animal are same,” he says. Actively into cartooning, Satwant has illustrated over 250 books for children and even created caricatures of Khuswant Singh as well as Kiran Bedi. “In fact, Khushwant Singh was rather amused when he saw my work,” he laughs.

Satwant does not mince words when he strongly puts forward his point of view on how lonely the journey of an artist is. “Till the time an artist does not contemplate at a meditative level, he is considered superficial,” he shares. Currently working on India My India, his next array of work, Satwant still enjoys working on violence, mythology and death. “The undercurrents of violence are everywhere, right from birth when the struggle begins. The society is also suffering,” he reminisces. Suddenly the treble changes and he moves towards talking about his participation in the international exhibition. “It is the third Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing exhibition by Silpakorn University, Bangkok,” he shares. The prestigious art show sees the participation of 1,146 artists from 60 countries and 2,963 works will be on display. “India has sent only ten entries and one is mine,” he says with a child-like pride.


Give me RED

Photo: Vicky Gharu Every person has a sense of style. Yet there are only a few who'd attract the second glances, who have the power to make the camera go zoom on them. It could be tousled hair, it could be torn jeans. Our week's face in the crowd, Rose Sardana, 21, BCA graduate, believes in painting a rosy picture with her clothes, literally!

Your sense of style is…

I strongly believe in individuality. I also love the colour red because it is so powerful and feminine. Moreover, it goes perfectly with my name so I try and wear it as often as I can. I feel my sense of style is 'unique for me and identifiable for others'.

Latest addition to the wardrobe…

It's a beautiful red gown. Instead of wearing a short dress for a party, I prefer wearing a gown or a saree. They define your feminine quality well.

Brand freak or street smart?

I prefer good brands. But when it comes to style and fashion, I pick up whatever I like. I feel today everybody can look good in inexpensive clothes also. At the end of the day, it's all about your comfort zone.

Choose: Sporty, Glamorous or Chic

Glamorous; I have had some modeling stints and am working with the glamour industry.

My style icon …

All I'd say is that my style is unique for me. And I don't believe in following others or being influenced by anybody.

Who's the worst dressed celebrity around?

It would have to be Vidya Balan. She's yet to get the sense of dressing right.

One fashion trend you don't understand…

I firmly believe that everyone has their own style statement. I capture if there's something good and stay limited to my own style statement.

Your take on accessories

For me, accessories mean just a smart watch.

One thing that boosts your confidence

A well-toned body. Also one feels confident, when one knows one is looking good while stepping out.

I would love to be dressed up by…

Rocky S, since he's one of the big names in the fashion industry in India and also because of his edgy designs.

(As told to Manpriya Singh)

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it’s rocking
High on fun

John Abraham in the item song Rum Whisky
John Abraham in the item song Rum Whisky

The upcoming Bollywood rom-com starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam, Vicky Donor, which revolves around the topic of sperm donation, has a Punjabi item number Rum Whisky where the actor-turned-producer John Abraham breaks out into a buzzing performance. The track has vocals by Akshay Verma, lyrics by Kusum Verma and choreography by Bosco-Caesar. The song changes into trance mode at the last minute, which sounds wonderful.

Punjabi beat

The lyrics are so much fun and addictive. It is entertaining to watch John groove along with Ayushmann and Yami. After a long time I have liked a Punjabi song from a Bollywood movie.

— Anil Tiwari, engineering student, PU

High volume

This track gives an item number a new face, where John dances with the lead cast. I totally love the song and like to hear it at full blast.

— Namrita Jain, housewife

Colourful steps

It is for sure a dance number with the entertaining Punjabi lyrics, which are easy to remember. The signature step for the words Rum Whisky is just so perfect. It is a pleasant, bright and a colourful song.

— Preeti Verma, student, GGDSD College

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

The Spice Fest at McDonald's is set to delight the foodie in you with the flavours of Mexico, Africa and Asia

McDonald's brings the Spice Fest this summer and the flavours of Mexican, African and Asian spices definitely rule. Mexican spice chicken burger and Mexican spice vegetarian burger are the newest offering from the McSpicy range.

Done with flavoured bun that gives a tangy taste of garlic, oregano, basil, pepper and chilli, Mexican burger has a mix of white and red cabbage along with the flagship stuffing. A dash of cheese and jalapeno sauce makes it tangier.

"Our existing McSpicy range with paneer, chicken burger and wraps have been a hit. Together with spicy shake fries and hot garlic dip, we are sure to repeat the feat with our Mexican choice" says Chetan Kalia from McDonalds.

While Mexican Spice Chicken Burger is priced at Rs 79 and Mexican Spice Vegetarian Burger at Rs 69. they are also available in extra value meals for Rs 125 and Rs 115, respectively. — TNS

green thumb
Essentially yellow
Satish Narula

Some people think that yellow is auspicious and especially go for the plant that bears yellow bloom. I do not promote superstition but to help gardeners to find such plants, I will definitely suggest. Let it be for both, those with land and those living on successively higher floors, that is, in flats.

It is not much of a problem for those who have land to plant trees, shrubs or climbers that bear yellow flowers, but that does not mean those living on higher floors should feel disheartened. The only thing is that they should choose species that need less water. The gardeners in flats have to be more vigilant when it comes to meeting the watering needs, as the assault on the plants is multi-pronged. These are exposed to heat emitting from the walls, the concrete floor, the pots and above all they are exposed to sun for more number of hours in a day as compared to most of their kins on the ground, living under the protection of surrounding trees, walls and houses.

There are different kinds of trees, shrubs, climber etc that bear yellow flowers. The trees find restricted favour due to space constraint but where one can spare space, nothing can beat Tecoma argentia, Cassia fistula (Amaltas) or the high growing shrub Kaner.

However, for those living in flats Pili Chameli (Jasminum humile) is a good option as the plant is hardy, needs less water and bears yellow bloom during March. It also forms a good spread and its branches can be trained at will. It is propagated through cuttings.

Allamanda is one more very profusely flowering shrub. It thrives well in pots too. It bears bold sparking yellow blooms covering almost whole of the plant.

Being weak stemmed, it can be trained too as per wish. However, one plant with least watering requirement and the one need least care is Klanchoe which is now available with yellow bloom too. One plant that is most favoured is bougainvillea. It comes in varied colours and of course in yellow too. It bears flowers during March-April and is well suited to the flat culture. Its watering requirements are too small.

(Narula is a PAU horticulturist)

Master Chef
Southern comfort
Kandla Nijhowne

Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, all these languages have different names and varying versions of a delightful rice dish which is tempered with spices and folded into yoghurt. Call it bakalabhaat, mosaranna or anything else, the cooling 'curd-rice' is a heavenly blend of flavours which is light on the stomach and pleasing to the palate. Eaten cold, it is the perfect way to use up leftover rice! The additions can vary according to your mood or availability. It can be garnished with peanuts, cashews, grapes, even pomegranate seeds. But the tadka of mustard seeds, heeng and curry leaves is not subject

to compromises, ever! If your children give you trouble eating vegetables, toss some beans, cauliflower, cabbage or carrots into this dish. Call it 'fortified' then! Remember to never mix the hot rice into the yoghurt, or else the latter will split!

Southern curd rice

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup thick yoghurt
  • 1 grated carrot
  • ¼ cup grated cucumber
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • Few sprigs of fresh curry leaves
  • A bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped fine

For tempering

  • 2 tsp oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp urad dal
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • A pinch of heeng
  • 2 dried red chillies, torn into small pieces


  • In a saucepan heat 2 tablespoonful of oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and toss till they splutter.
  • Tip in the chana and urad daal, followed by 'heeng', red chillies and ginger.
  • Add chopped veggies of your choice, if using.
  • Saute briefly and remove from fire.
  • Allow it to cool, then add in the rice, salt and desiccated coconut.
  • Just before serving, mix all the ingredients with yogurt (curd) and milk.
  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds or grapes (Optional)

(Nijhowne is a Chandigarh-based culinary expert)

High Spirits
Mandarin Caipiroska
Vineet Mishra

A light and fragrant cocktail, which is perfect for any occasion.


  • 2 parts Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 part Triple sec
  • 3 wedges Orange
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • Turbinado Sugar

Garnish: Lime wedge


Rub the orange zest around the outside edge of the glass and then roll in the Turbinado sugar. Place the sugar and orange at the bottom of a shaker, muddle thoroughly. Add vodka, triple sec and ice. Shake well and pour drink, including ice and orange, into rimmed rocks glass.

Cocktail trivia — Alcohol consumption decreases during the time of the full moon.

Mishra is director, CocktailJockey.com

Deepika’s fitness fundas

Style file: Deepika Padukone
Style file: Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is a fitness and style icon. The gorgeously stunning woman shares fitness and style tips with her fans.

Comfy style

I am blessed with a tall and lean frame so I can wear anything. I think comfort is important and wear what suits you and your body type.

Fragrances and shoes

I love shoes and perfumes along with clothes. People may spend so much money on clothes but shoes are equally important, they can make or break your look. So buy good shoes for different occasions and remember smelling good makes a great impression.

Party pack

Wear make-up at events and parties but remember it is okay to be without make-up and a hairstyle. Keep yourself comfortable.

Sporty spirit

I am all for outdoor sports and love playing badminton and volleyball and going for jogging and running. So keep your fitness routine interesting.

Health matters

Practice Yoga, eat small meals at regular intervals, eat everything in moderation, and sleep for at least eight hours a day. The results will be there for all to see. — HRM

A unique tie

Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan bonded well during the shooting of their first film together in London and their friendship has come to Mumbai as well. Katrina is managing a fine balance between her former beau Salman and his arch rival SRK. She is taking tips from SRK because she was spotted at a café in Bandra, suburban Mumbai which is frequented by SRK, his wife Gauri, and their friends.

A source says, “This café is very popular with celebrities. Gauri often goes there, as do Salman’s family members. Even Bipasha and Karisma go there. So Katrina was spotted there with her friends and they had healthy food like protein burgers, vitamin juices, and brown rice. She is keeping her weight in check for Dhoom 3 with Aamir Khan. Shooting for that begins in a month. SRK usually orders shakes and coolers when he visits the café. Katrina eats mostly vegetarian food and this place has a variety in the vegetarian menu too.”

The source continues, “SRK has grown very fond of Katrina and even said that she is a good actress. He saved her from a mob at the airport as well. Perhaps Katrina can play a catalyst and make Salman and SRK friends again. It was at her birthday that the fallout happened a few years ago. Interestingly, the café she visited is very close to Arbaaz Khan’s office in Bandra.”

Women all the way

Director Nikhil Advani is planning a casting coup of sorts by roping in eight top Bollywood heroines for the movie, which he says is not women-centric. The buzz is that the film will feature a stellar female cast of Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi, Dimple Kapadia, Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone and Genelia D’Souza.

And if all goes well, Nikhil will bring these eight divas together for his untitled film which he plans to make next year. However, he did not divulge much about it.

“It is too premature to speak about the star cast. The talks are on. All I can say at this moment is that it is quite exciting because it will give me an opportunity to work with some of the actresses whom I think are known as classic in the film industry,” Advani said.

On whether it would be a women-centric film, the director says, “No, it is not a women centric movie. It is a fun masala Bollywood movie with lot of women. It is not like ‘Lajja’.

Also, there are equal number of male actors in the movie.” “It is a multi starrer film. It is the kind of film that I grew up watching,” he said.

Nikhil who has made films such as Kal Ho Naa Ho, Chandni Chowk To China and Patiala House is working on the script.

“I can’t talk much about this project now. Among other scripts that I have... I am working on this one as well,” he said.

However, grapevine suggests that the film will capture the changing essence of Indian woman through four generations. — PTI

Hanging out during twilight

Casual outing: Robert Pattinson Twilight star Robert Pattinson was seen partying at a Hollywood nightclub with none other than troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. The pair was spotted leaving the same nightclub, but are said to have had a merely casual outing, reported a publication.

Pattinson, 25, was seen puckering up his eyebrows when cameramen took his pictures while he left the hotspot. About ten minutes later, Lohan stepped out of the bar separately.

The unlikely outing soon sparked rumors that Pattinson was cheating on his rumored girlfriend Kristen Stewart.

Multiple onlookers, however, confirmed that the twosome was “totally innocent” and that there was “nothing more to it.” Furthermore, Pattinson and Lohan were both invited to an intimate gathering by the owner of the bar, which still hasn’t opened to public yet. The nightclub itself is opened by the same people behind Harvard & Stone, a lounge where Pattinson and Stewart as well as Lohan usually hang out. — PTI

Scarlett’s kid-like feeling

Hollywood beauty Scarlett Johansson says wearing superhero costumes in The Avengers made her feel like a little kid. The 27-year-old said the cast of the blockbuster comic-book movie would be in hysterics between scenes due to their less-than heroic needs, reported a publication.

“It was like playing dress-up to the extreme. It felt like being a little kid. When each scene ended, all our costumes were unzipped and some air conditioning venting unit goes in.

“Someone is having a wig removed. We all had our various things that we have to do to get comfortable. Everybody looked incredibly uncomfortable until the cameras are rolling and then we all look badass. Then ‘Cut!’ and we’re all like, ‘Arrrgh… God, this thing, get it off me, it’s awful!” said Johansson who plays Black Widow opposite Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Hawkeye. — PTI

Renewed vows

Beyonce and Jay-Z have reportedly celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows in a ‘moving’ midnight ceremony. The musical duo also apparently exchanged new his and her rings in front of celebrity guests including Oprah Winfrey.

Intriguingly, the music mogul was spotted the next afternoon paying a visit to the Jacob and Co. jewellery store in New York and was wearing what appeared to be a new gold band on his hand.

The power couple’s newborn Baby Blue was also among those at the renewal ceremony, along with Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Beyonce’s new ring is apparently yellow gold like Jay-Z’s, according to an insider who spoke the website although it is yet to be sighted.

She already has a diamond band from her 2008 nuptials to the music mogul. — ANI

Comedies today are sub-standard: Om Puri

Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, who has starred in many funny films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Hera Pheri, says present-day Bollywood comedies are full of sub-standard jokes and punches. “Such movies do not have a proper plot or story and fail to deliver any message to the masses,” said Puri.

Recalling the days when people from literature and theatre entered Bollywood, the 61-year-old actor said that corporate cinema has become a prominent part of film culture, resulting in the decline of creative movies. “It was because of them only that cinema had some meaning in the lives of people,” he said. It is a matter of concern for Indian cinema, he added. Puri said that the South Indian film industry is flourishing and their movies are being increasingly translated in various languages. — PTI

Nicole to play Grace

Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman is stepping back in time to portray screen icon Grace Kelly in upcoming film Grace of Monaco. Kidman is in negotiations to portray the actress-turned- princess by producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, a publication reported.

Oliver Dahan, who directed Marion Cotillard to an Oscar for the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, is helming the period movie.

Kidman is in the process of attaching herself to the USD 15 million movie which will be on the lines of 2011 Oscar-winner The King’s Speech.

The film is not a biopic and instead focuses on a six month period in 1962 when the city-state got into a heated dispute with France. Kelly, still relatively new in her role as princess, worked behind the scenes to save Monaco from a coup. — PTI

Shahid believes in love

Moving on: Shahid Kapoor Actor Shahid Kapoor, who has been linked to numerous Bollywood beauties after his break-up with Kareena Kapoor, feels that it is difficult to find a complete love story in real life. Shahid will next be seen in Kunal Kohli’s love saga Teri Meri Kahani where he will portray three different characters in three different periods. His co-star in the film is Priyanka Chopra.

“Obviously I believe in love and have faith in it. I think love is the most beautiful thing in the world..it makes the world go round. I think everybody is eventually looking for love...but it is difficult to find one complete love story in real,” Shahid said.

“Through this film may be this is our way of escaping from reality and trying to show three different love stories and believing in romance. I think the most exciting thing in this movie is that there are three different love stories in it spread across three different generations. It is exciting to see how the journey of two lovers unfolds in three time spans - 1910, 1960 and 2012,” he said.

The 31-year-old star was dating Kareena when they started filming for Ken Ghosh’s 2004 film Fida. They were going steady until they separated during the making of Jab We Met in 2007.

He was also linked to Priyanka Chopra after they worked together in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey.

He was also linked to tennis sensation Sania Mirza, Bipasha Basu, Anushka Sharma and Nargis Fakhri of Rockstar fame but Shahid remains mum on his personal life after his break-up with Kareena. — PTI


Audi love

Karan Tacker and Kushal Tandon who play brothers in Cinevistaas’ Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai on Star Plus share a great relationship both on screen and off-screen. Apparently, Kushal Tandon will soon be the proud owner of a brand new Audi Q5. Karan Tacker who plays his elder brother in the show, too just bought an Audi A4. How they bond over their cars!

Brothers in cars: Karan Tacker and Kushal Tandon

On stage charm: Gaurav Gera Passion for performing live

TV actor Gaurav Gera all set to entertain people with the Bollywood musical Jhumroo. The actor, known for his work in shows like Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin and The Great Indian Comedy Show, said in a huge theatre like the one where they will perform, the voice, the body language and expressions need to be bigger. It’s a great new challenge for him. Jhumroo is the story of a simpleton, a Kishore Kumar fan, who wants to make it big in the singing world.

On stage charm: Gaurav Gera

Dismal show: Sumeet Raghavan Unhappy TRPs

Sumeet Raghavan, the host of The Late Night Show on Colors, has admitted that the early ratings of his weekend standup comedy have not been good. He feels that the weekend slot is a major cause for the lower ratings. He feels that this slot is always given a step-motherly treatment as rival channels frequently air all kinds of award shows which affects the show.

Dismal show: Sumeet Raghavan

Back-to-Back: John Abraham and Bipasha BasuTogether by chance

Although Bipasha Basu and John Abraham have parted ways in reality but Bipasha is doing an item song in Balaji’s Shootout at Wadala and also has one scene in the film. So she might share screen space with John yet again.

Back-to-Back: John Abraham and Bipasha Basu

Book Worm: Amrita PuriFun-struck

Amrita Puri likes to read books in her spare time. She also likes to visit new eating joints and travelling. SCUBA diving is a passion for her.

Book Worm: Amrita Puri

Co-stars only: Shahid Kapur and Priyanka ChopraAwesome chemistry

Priyanka and Shahid have parted ways but their chemistry is evident in the first-look pictures of Teri Meri Prem Kahani directed by Kunal Kohli.

Open account: Mahie GillCo-stars only: Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra

Hacking hassles

Mahie Gill’s account (email) has been hacked into. The hacker is sending random mails and also has access to her photos, information, and scripts. She is not happy with this!

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ARIES: You won’t be able to count on anyone. Listen to what others say. It’s time to clear the air and rid yourself of all burdens you’ve been carrying on your shoulders. You will spend a pleasent evening with friends. Tarot message: Do not divest assets or transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Royal blue. Lucky number: 51

TAURUS: Love can take a turn if you aren’t thoughtful, generous and loyal. Be attentive towards the ones you love, and let bygones be bygones with those who have upset you in the past. You can have all the fun you want. Tarot message: Don’t reveal your plans to anyone. Lucky colour: Red. Lucky number: 50

GEMINI: A chance to hook up with someone interesting will spark an idea for a new project. Make sure you have someone you can count on by your side. Don’t forget to watch your health today. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from making their own conclusion. Lucky colour: Green. Lucky number: 40

CANCER: Be careful not to do anything that might get you into trouble. Going away for visiting good friends will be a great way to bring in happiness. This is a good time to reflect on days gone by. Tarot message: There is price to pay for over indulgence. Lucky colour: Yellow. Lucky number: 34

LEO: You will dazzle everyone if you put yourself in the mainstream today. This is a perfect time to entertain or to let others entertain you. You may be in a laidback mood and will prefer to spend time daydreaming. Tarot message: Results are guaranteed if you stick to arrangements. Lucky colour: Tomato red. Lucky number: 40

VIRGO: You will be in a cheerful and optimistic frame of mind and will want to spend time with family and close friends. Romantic relationships will bring fulfillment and good moments. Romantic relationships will bring joy. Tarot message: Handle your projects secretly and carefully. Lucky colour: Pink. Lucky number: 60

LIBRA: Those in new romantic relationships may want to make a deeper commitment. Past efforts will lead to new opportunities on the career front. Relationships are enhanced by spending time together. Tarot message: You shall prevent a lot of trouble by taking timely action. Lucky colour: Orchid. Lucky number: 66

SCORPIO: You will be in a very creative frame of mind and will come up with interesting ideas and solutions which will be appreciated by seniors. You will be inundated with social invitations and will be the toast of the party circuit. Tarot message: Do not let trivial problems haunt you. Lucky colour: Blue. Lucky number: 49

SAGITTARIUS: You will want your space as you mull over recent events. Don’t make financial decisions impulsively. You will be in a relaxed state of mind and will be satisfied with the state of things on the personal front. Tarot message: Be on guard against, duplicity, fraud or trickery. Lucky colour: Forest green. Lucky number: 62

CAPRICORN: You will be very inspired to make some changes to your lifestyle. Your insights will be valuable to colleagues and loved ones. Romantic relationships will bring moments of tenderness and happiness. Tarot message: Take limited risks while speculating. Lucky colour: Silver. Lucky number: 32

AQUARIUS: You will be very optimistic about certain developments on the career front. Your love life will be good. You will have a hectic day and this could make you irritable. You enjoy great moments with your lover. Tarot message: Set the unpleasant set of events into motion. Lucky colour: Metallic grey. Lucky number: 49

PISCES: You may have sudden insights into vexing issues and this will help put you in a cheerful and relaxed frame of mind. Your love life will be smooth sailing and your partner will appreciate you. Avoid getting into arguments with family members. Tarot message: Emphasis on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Deep red. Lucky number: 37

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is April 8...

This year, if you sum up 8-4-2012, the aggregate comes to eight. You are governed by the number eight and by the planet Saturn. This year predicts that financially the year may not go smoothly. You should be more attentive in communication with people and also be careful about money and other values. Risk of losses should be minimised or excluded. Do not lend money as that will aggravate your financial situation enormously.

Keep your poise as you are likely to confront some difficulties otherwise it may put you in some serious trouble. Control your anger, which may end up causing trouble. Your creative talents will prove to be lucrative if put to proper use. You should do something exciting and different with your family. Your erratic behaviour will cause differences with your beloved. Travelling will not bring immediate results but will lay down good foundation for future benefits.

So you’re facing disagreements with your boss, a coworker or even the rest of the team. Whether it’s one issue or an ongoing thing, the first few days this week offer an opportunity to find a real solution. You’d be a fool not to seek it. The position of Saturn suggests that it’s time to think of the future, carefully planning every new idea and organising business and transactions. Employees are advised not to make great changes and to wait if they are looking for a new job. The youngsters need to be told politely but firmly that they must devote more time to their studies now that the tests are nearing.  Although input from good friends can help you to avoid making some big mistakes, it is important for you to be totally honest.

Bhupinder SinghCalmly wait for the right time to have the truth flush out which can be as soon as that day. A business partnership will result in an additional source of income. The inflow of money will be very good and you can make a good deal. Mood: A bit too eager at times; aggressive Aries energy influence. Compatible Signs: Taurus, Aries. Lucky colours: Yellow and Pink. Lucky days: Friday and Sunday. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 13, 38, 50. Lucky gem: Blue sapphire, Neelam, Neeli. Lucky flower: Raat ki rani. Suggestion on birthday: Donate halwa to beggars or in a religious place.

Playback singer Bhupinder Singh of Dil Dhoondta Hai Phir Wahi fame shares his birthday with you. Bhupinder Singh (April 8, 1939, Delhi) joined Rahul Dev Burman’s orchestra and played guitar for many of his popular scores including Dum Maro Dum. Bhupinder married a Bangladeshi singer Mitali. His stars favour him this year.

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