Doctor-ed move
TV anchor Shamoly Khera believes in the power of dreams and following one’s heart’s calling
Jasmine Singh

Design story: Imam Siddique, one of the judges for upcomiong show The Chosen One
Design story: Imam Siddique, one of the judges for upcomiong show The Chosen One

In a country like India, completing a degree is the utmost priority in life. And if is a doctorate degree, heavens fall if someone even remotely thinks of dropping it! Shamoly Khera, the anchor with UTV Stars, found herself in the same dilemma and then decided to follow her heart's calling.

"I got through my MBBS exam, but I realised I wanted to do something creative. I always liked being in front of the camera, but I couldn't give the degree a miss; so I finished it and then turned towards my passion," says the anchor who has learnt her skills from Barry John and also acted in short films. It is, however, the two shows UTV Live My Life and Style Addict that is giving her much appreciation and reach.

In Chandigarh for the auditions of The Chosen One, the pretty doctor laughs when we tell her that she is good at dissecting people! "Style Addict is an interesting show where we talk and criticise the dress sense of various celebrities. I also understand that we talk about actors who can also have a bad day and we don't expect them to be professional stylists. Yes, we do talk about the dressing sense in a tongue-and-cheek manner; it isn't to offend anyone," she smiles.

Once a doctor always a doctor? "Indeed," adds Shamoly, "I practice cosmetology during the weekends. Any kind of study is useful in the long run. Due of my profession I am required to look beautiful, so whenever I have acne I know how to treat it well," says the anchor who advocates making passion a profession.

"If you make passion your profession, you wouldn't feel as if you are working. It is fun. I definitely recommend that education is very important, at the same time, going by what you feel you would be best at is also important," adds the pretty doctor who has certain criteria when it comes to the auditions of the show The Chosen One.

"The contestants should we well-versed with English and Hindi; she should have an easy sense of style that would make people look up to them," offers Shamoley.

Youngsters queued up for the auditions, girls trying to woo the judges, fans trying to get a closer look at her…glamour is a different world altogether. "I realised this when I hosted UTV Live My Life. I got to meet all the A-list stars and fans who could live stars' life for a day. It was a very humble experience to make fans meet their favourite stars. Glamour world sure is a nice place to be in," she smiles.

One for the youth
Sabia Talwar

Teamed up: (L-R) Rannvijay Singh, Rana Ranbir, Amrinder Gill and Jaidev Kumar
Teamed up: (L-R) Rannvijay Singh, Rana Ranbir, Amrinder Gill and Jaidev Kumar

Youth-centric, with a rich tadka of action, comedy, music and romance is what upcoming Punjabi movie Taur Mittran Di, directed by Navaniat Singh and starring Rannvijay Singh, Amrinder Gill, Surveen Chawla and Amita Pathak, is all about. The lead actors (Rannvijay Singh and Amrinder Gill) along with Rana Ranbir and music director Jaidev Kumar were in Chandigarh on Tuesday to release the album.

The right act

Says Amrinder Gill, the famous Punjabi singer who started with a small role in the movie Munde UK De, "Singing will always remain my first love, but I have always been passionate about acting." In this movie, Amrinder plays a college-going youth who is spoilt and just needs the right guidance in life. "The youth of today has a lot of potential; it's just that they need the right direction. Though in real life I'm not a spoilt brat, so I feel the role was quite challenging," he adds. The movie has a lot of action sequences and Amrinder faced a tough time, but he really enjoyed singing all the songs for the movie. "The lifestyle one has to adopt while shooting for a movie is quite different from when one has to sing for albums and do shows." Amrinder's upcoming movie is Main Tera 22 Tu Mera 22. He hopes that Punjabi cinema will open the gates of Bollywood for him.

Punjabi at heart

Rannvijay Singh, who rose to fame through MTV Roadies, feels promoting Punjabi cinema is his responsibility. Says Rannvijay, "I belong to Jalandhar, and I feel that Punjab has a lot of love and affection to shower." Talking about the movie, Rannvijay says, "We both are portraying today's youth that just wastes time in hanging out. However, when they unite they can bring out a real change." The cast had fun shooting in Amritsar, which also happens to be Amrinder Gill's hometown. "The movie has been made in a nominal budget, but its winning point is the script and the story," adds Rannvijay. We wonder what more the story has to offer? "The movie promotes our national sport, hockey, but there are other angles to it as well." Rannvijay just loved Mukesh Rishi's sense of humour while shooting for the movie and says that the audience will enjoy the movie the same way they enjoyed while shooting for it.

Cut to music

Jaidev Kumar, the music director of the movie, has been part of Punjabi cinema for a number of years now. Says Jaidev, "Punjabi cinema is growing, so the music also needs to grow; hence a lot of experimentation is happening in Punjabi music nowadays." Taur Mittran Di has five tracks. "There is a rapper from Chandigarh by the name of Praky B, the songs are written by Jaggi Singh and Amrinder Gill scores it all — balancing singing and acting," adds Jaidev. And what kind of music has he given for this movie? "I have tried to provide fusion music, which is modern but still retains the original Punjabi touch."

The movie is set for a May 11 release, which also happens to be Amrinder Gill's birthday. A return gift for sure!

Fun time

Rana Ranbir, who is famous for his comedy act in theatre, television and Punjabi movies, plays a role that has two facets — comic as well emotional. "I'm proud to be part of the Punjabi film industry and feel that such youth-oriented movies must be made on a regular basis, so that the present generation does something useful along with all the fun."

success mantra
A course well-defined

Aiming high: Atul Gupta When you have no one to fall back upon, you rise. Such has been the case of Atul Gupta, co-founder and chief mentor of RedAlkemi. A venture that he started during the '80s while still in college, along with Anuja Lath, thrives on the motto of 'making today better than yesterday'. "With no resources and no family backing, I had to chart my own course," says a self-assured Atul. "Sometimes, the safety nets rather prove a hindrance in achieving the goals that one is capable of; thankfully, I had to struggle to realise mine," he says. Success beckoned as the company progressed. And, that only fuelled Atul to continue the hardwork. Twenty years on, he still puts in 14 hours of work each day.

Have a clear vision

We set aggressive and ambitious targets in the very first week of January itself. And, in our 20 years of work, it has never happened that we did not achieve or supersede. Planning ahead, evaluating differentiators and leading by example have helped us in achieving our targets.

Set an execution plan

Mission and vision should be 'do-able'. Set deadlines. Hire the best team with expertise; an average team cannot sustain even a great idea. Deploy the best tools, set schedules and deadlines; maintain detailed tasks' lists for each member. Observe timelines and deliverables ruthlessly. Keep a keen eye on efficiency levels and productivity.

Strive for excellence

Set high standards in quality, time-lines and deliverables. Maintain high levels of honesty and integrity in work as well all dealings. Create a good work value system. What you deliver should match with your vision.

Be customer focused

Sometimes we attach little slips 'courtesy customer' on pay cheques to drive home the point. Being customer-oriented in product pricing, customer support, response time and in your company policies is vital. Offer optimum solutions and value for customers' money. A happy customer fetches you more business and an irate client will take it away.

Be prepared for failures

Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Success does not come smooth; remain humble. You may lose at times, but do not lose the lesson. We allow each member to make mistakes but, yes, we do not make the same mistake twice. Keep innovating, keep improving; to stand still is to fall behind.

So natural
Monica Grover, a young artist from Chandigarh talks about her foray into digital art
Vasudha Gupta

— Photo: Manoj Mahajan When the cavemen created stick figures on stone, no one would have imagined that art would have its own meaning for every artist. Monica Grover is one such teacher, who has splashed her adoration for colours and textures to give life to her third exhibition. On at Fine Arts Department in Panjab University, the artist speaks about her attachment with nature, digital prints and adoration for the greatest exponents of art.

Currently teaching in the Government Model High School as a fine arts teacher, Monica completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Government College, Sector 10 and went on to do her Masters from Punjabi University, Patiala.

— Photo: Manoj Mahajan“This is titled Picnic on the Hill and done on pen and ink,” she says, showing her collection created in the last one year. From flower vases to introspection, the work revolves largely around nature, thinking family and of course, flowers. “This is one of the different techniques I worked on,” she says, pointing to Ever Smiling and Gift of Love. Created with water colours and etched with the back of a brush to give it an embossed look, the painting takes a whole new meaning for the artist. “It is the most appreciated from my works of art,” she says.

A striking contrast to her black pen and ink work are her digital prints. “The textures come out better in digital art,” she adds. Ode to Mondrian stands out as the blocks and the vibrant colours speak in the frame. “It is my way of paying tribute to great artists like Van Gogh and Mondrian,” she shares. Her Dream of Life captures the essence of photography, digital art and blocks. “Lot of Van Gogh’s work circles around dabbing effect, which I have tried to recreate,” she says.

Showcasing close to 40 of her works, the artist believes that no matter what is the medium, it is good to have the freedom to combine, create and work with in the restraint of sense of aesthetics, which is unique.

Here is to women and art, something they create everywhere, home, work, on canvas and in life.

(On till April 27)

It’s official: Nagging is good for health

It appears that nagging is good for your health, especially if you are above 30, as it acts like a constant reminder for people to lose weight or become more active, a new study has found. The study, which was based on a series of interviews from the UK, showed that the least active people felt that constant nagging from their family — spouse or children — affected their health in a positive way.

In the study, researchers from the University of Lincoln focused on modifiable social influences on motivation towards physical activity, rather than fixed factors used to predict health such as gender and ethnicity. These included giving impetus (by nagging); supporting progress with emotional and moral support; logistical support like looking after the kids for some time; and making activity itself a social endeavour, such as going with friends.

“The aim of this study was to help people examine their lifestyle as a whole and establish what the key factors are in influencing their activity levels,” study author Dr Richard Keegan said.

“The most common barriers to active lifestyles were work, long commutes and provision of facilities. However, it became clear that if you know who to ask, it’s also possible for your social network to help you become more active, for example, by going for a run with colleagues straight after work.

“The good news is that the study suggests once you are active and healthy, you no longer need nagging. Most importantly, however, the suggestion that ‘nagging is good’ should only be applied to getting healthy and active!” The research is the first to address the range of social influences affecting levels of physical activity among people aged between 30 and 60. — PTI

Road Rage
Block the sun
Simranjeet Gill

The thought of a drive in the summer doesn’t really excite anyone. Despite car companies providing the best and strong air conditioning system for the vehicles, the probability of sun rays peeping in still exists. This is where we drop in words like window tinting. This simple procedure that can be fixed in our garage or nearest mechanic shop is the easiest way to avoid harmful ultra- violet rays from coming inside the car.

In fact, some sports utility vehicles come manufactured with glass that are made dark using certain electrical processes. This dark shade, however, it is not considered very effective in keeping the sun at bay. So the closest option available is to get films done from the market. 

To know better, a window film is protected by a hard scratch resistant coating, all the same it does not mean that it is scratch proof, so care should be taken. The kids wouldn’t be able to remove the film until you equip them with a thing that has a sharp edge!

Coming back to the options available in the market, ask for high performance window films that are designed to keep almost 79 per cent of the sunlight away. Also, check the local laws before getting the car windows tinted because certain places allow only some percentage of windows to be covered in films. Once you have installed a good film make sure you also take good care of it in terms of cleaning it regularly. Don’t rub the windows with hard cloth.  However, despite the good care window tints are bound to fade after sometime, but don’t worry every mechanic knows how to remove the films without causing any damage to the glass. 

With technology flooding us with newer things every time, we definitely expect something coming for the car filming area as well! The 3M crystalline automotive films are sun control films that are prepared using multilayer nanotechnology, a similar kind of technology that is used to the brightness factor in flat LCD television sets. A little know-how of this technology tells us that multilayer nanotechnology has the ability to reflect up to 97 per cent of sun’s infra red radiation with high visible light transmission. It is this technology that protects car interiors from fading. It has enhanced UV protection ability that protects against any kind of skin burn making driving cars a pleasure in summer as well.

(Gill is a Chandigarh-based HOG rider)

It’s happening
Spring offer
Get ready for a cultural bonanza as the art akademies offer Chandigarh Arts & Heritage Festival

With spring being the season, City Beautiful will witness a splendid Chandigarh Arts & Heritage Festival. Put together by three art akademies — Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and Sahitya Akademi along with the Department of Culture, Chandigarh Administration, this will have a wonderful mix of poetry, painting, singing, dance and drama.

“All art forms are distinctively related. The fourth Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival is going to be a wholesome experience drawing from different forms,” says Dewan Manna, chairperson, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. Themed around ‘nature’ (given by Dr BN Goswami), this four-day-festival will also have a theatre workshop. “The five-day workshop with eminent theatre director Kumardas would be an intense experience,” says Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, coordinator of this workshop.

“Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi endeavours to celebrate this major art event with a face to face session with noted poet/lyricist Gopal Das Neeraj,” says Manju Jaidka, chairperson, CSA.

The passes will be available at Tagore Theatre, Tourist Information Centre Sector 17, CITCO Cafeteria- Sukhna Lake.

What’s on

  • April 25: JALAM by Madhu Gopinath & Vakkom Sajeev. Tagore Theatre. 7 pm
  • April 26: Slide Lecture: Landscape as Canvas by Subodh Kerkar Government Museum & art Gallery- 10. 5pm
  • RITURANG, classical vocal recital by Vasundhara and Kalapini Komkali. Tagore Theatre-18. 7pm
  • April 27: Slide Lecture Landscape after Battle-Nature in Transit by Johny ML at Government Museum & art Gallery-10. 5 pm.
  • Uncharted Seas, dance performance. Tagore Theatre -18.
  • April 28: Interaction with Gopal Das Neeraj, UT Guest House -6. (11 am – 2 pm)
  • Dastangoi by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain. Tagore Theatre. 7 pm
  • 25th- 29th April: Exhibition of Photographs and Installation by Subodh Kerkar
  • A Quiet Passion by Bireswar Sen at the Galleries of Alliance Francaise -36
  • Theatre workshop with theatre director Kumardas Tagore Theatre -18.

Master Chef
Creamy cheesy easy!
Kandla Nijhowne

What is life without a block of cheese I say? Quite drab, quite bland, quite unexciting I also say! Cheese is made out to be a villain in the culinary world due to its high calories. Somehow we overlook the fact that it is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein too. Adding a handful of grated cheese to a dish gives you lots of benefits and truck-loads of flavour. Here is a hearty dish which marries the zing of chilli with the traditional macaroni and cheese. Check out how deliciously they hold hands?

Funkadelic chilli-cheese & macaroni


400 gm elbow macaroni, uncooked

2 onions chopped

1 each red, yellow and green capsicum, chopped

250 gm boneless chicken, paneer or soya granules

1 cup tomato puree

2 cups cooked rajmah

½ cup sliced mushrooms

1 tbsp mild chilly powder

2 tomatoes chopped

1 cup grated cheese

1cup spring onion, chopped

1½ tbsp butter

2 tbsp cream

A little oregano, salt and pepper powder

2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs


  • Boil macaroni in salted water till done.
  • Drain the water, add a tiny blob of butter and toss with fork to ensure that the macaroni remains separated.
  • In a pan add the remaining butter and fry the onion, followed by red, yellow and green capsicum.
  • Sauté for a few minutes and add salt, some oregano and pepper powder.
  • Add diced chicken or paneer or soya chunks.
  • Toss around till the water evaporates, then add chilly powder, salt and tomato puree.
  • Stir in the mushrooms, spring onions and drained rajmah.
  • Mix together with the macaroni and drizzle with the cream.
  • Adjust seasoning and stir in most of the cheese, saving some for the topping. Transfer to a baking dish, garnish with the remaining cheese, ¾ of the spring onions and bread crumbs.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes till the cheese melts and becomes bubbling and golden brown.

(Nijhowne is a Chandigarh-based culinary expert)

HEART talk
Clear the air
Parvesh Rana

I am a 40-year-old man with a happy family. I want to take a break and travel, but my family thinks it is wastage of time and money. I don’t want to fight and spoil the entire atmosphere of the house, what do I do?

— Anilesh Ahuja, Chandigarh

What you are asking for is nothing extraordinary. You should talk to your family and make them understand why you want to travel. Give them some time, probably they are worried about you. There is nothing to worry about this.

I am a married woman with two kids. I want to start my own business venture but my family is not supporting me in this. How do I convince them?

— Akansha Sharma, Mohali

First, you have to believe in yourself that you can handle your business and family. If you are okay with it, talk to them. There is no way they wouldn’t support you.

(Rana is a Bollywood actor)

it’s rocking
Lyrical conversation

The item song fever will stay for a while now and the new entrant to the rage is the track Chokra Jawaan from the latest movie Ishaqzaade. The song is written by Habib Faisal and vocals are by Vishal Dadlani and Sunidhi Chauhan. It has a feel of a conversation between Arjun Kapoor and Gauhar Khan.

Fun packed

I love the lyrics and the song is absolute fun. The expressions and dance moves of Arjun and Gauhar make the track a complete entertainer.

— Rahul Sharma, student, GGDSD College

Desi beat

It is a fabulous desi type song that gets you dancing. The lyrics are just apt for the whole feel of the song and Sunidhi’s and Vishal’s voice also fit well.

— Jyoti Gupta, housewife

Good job

It is a true Bollywood item song with a colourful video. The sparkling singing combo of Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal Dadlani add a different flavour to the song. I feel that their powerful voice perfectly suits the pair in the video.

— Rama Sahni, student, MCM College

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

When will Salman get hitched?

Sperm donors are the hot topic this weekend with the release of the movie Vicky Donor. While half the world seems to be waiting for Salman Khan to get married, the 46-year-young superstar seems to be in no hurry to get hitched.

Moreover, he's recently been in news for putting out a perception that he doesn't wish to marry at all. Now that's a big dampener, considering he's one of the most eligible bachelors in the industry.

"To marry Salman Khan is a dream thousands of girls live with. Salman has said it earlier that he believes in the institution of marriage, so I don't think he wouldn't marry at all. His much-discussed recent comments might have been exaggerated by the media, or said in jest," says an industry insider.

"But if Salman really decides to stay single, the least he can do is start donating sperms, so that his indomitable legacy can be carried forward," quips the publicist. "Think about it. There are so many girls ready to marry Salman Khan! In that case, there might just be double the number, who'd seek children from him, in case he gets into sperm donation mood," he adds.

We're not sure if our informer is serious or joking! But technicalities and legalities apart, this sure sounds like a fabulous idea. Just imagine! There could be a whole Salman Khan clan in a few years from now! A whole lot of kids… baby Salman Khans!

Heart of gold

Sameera Reddy will be seen in this week's release Tezz. She is known as a bombshell. She also does a lot of charity work with children. She guides us on the same.

Each one teach one

For me charity begins at home, so to start off one can educate their maid and her children. It does not take much time as you have to teach them how to read and write and you feel true happiness when you see them learn. These children are so eager to learn.

One inspirational figure

It is very important to have a role model, someone who inspires you. For me, my mom is my role model. She taught us to treat everyone equally and to give back to society. I call my mom Mother India because she has such a giving heart.

Learn from children

The least you can do is spend time with children at an orphanage or wherever. This simple act gives you much joy when you see how happy they are with their minimal needs and possessions. Suddenly, you will forget about the diamond ring or plasma TV that you wanted.

Help the needy

One needs to be aware about the various problems facing children like diseases, poverty, illiteracy, etc. You need to get out of the vicious circle of consumerism and materialism and be a little selfless and generous to go and help children in need.

Contribute with generosity

Instead of spending 500 rupees on a t-shirt you don't need or a movie you will watch out of boredom, you can contribute that money and even more to sponsor at least one child from an orphanage and there are numerous child sponsorship programs like CRY and World Vision that will help you do this. Even such a small amount helps to improve the life of children immensely and they will bless you too. — HRM

Kushal Punjabi is back!

Balancing act: Kushal Punjabi Hunky Kushal Punjabi is all set to hit the silver screen once again with Ekta Kapoor's upcoming movie Rock The Shaadi. Kushal, Genelia D'Souza and Abhay Deol are the three main leads for the movie, which will be releasing by the end of this year.

Besides the film, Kushal will also be starring in a new TV series called Aasman Se Aagey on Life Ok. The concept of the show is that of a dance reality show and Apurva Agnihotri and Ojaswi Oberoi will be Kushal's co-actors in the show.

"After refusing some TV shows due to the unproductive storyline I finally got a call from a very interesting TV series. It is a show that will expose the truth behind the reality shows. I will be playing the character named Alan who is the main choreographer and is full of life," says Kushal.

He adds, "I love doing reality shows as I have to play my self in it and not another character, though this show is a bit different so I accepted it with a big smile."

Penelope Cruz to star in The Counselor

Future role: Penelope Cruz Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz may star alongside husband Javier Bardem and another Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt in upcoming film The Counselor. Cruz is in talks to join husband of two years Bardem in the Ridley Scott film, a highly-anticipated drama penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy, reported a publication.

Cruz and Bardem have worked together before; they both appeared in the 1992 flick Jamon Jamon, and in Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona in 2008, just one year after they began dating.

In addition to Bardem, who also starred in 2007's No Country for Old Men, the gritty drama based on the McCarthy novel of the same name Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt have already signed on to costar in The Counselor.

Also in talks is Pitt's fiancée Jolie, though the actress may have trouble balancing the part with her starring role in Maleficent, which hits theaters in 2014. — PTI

Miley's note of thanks

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus, who will be seen sharing the screen space with Demi Moore in upcoming film LOL, says the Hollywood star is like her soul mate. The former Hannah Montana star plays Moore's daughter in the film and said she helped her to know about herself better, reported a website.

"Without her I would not be who I am sitting here. I would not know a lot about myself. I want to thank her for taking that first step and having the initiative to say 'Let's get this together.' I owe her a lot," Cyrus said.

The movie is about teenage romance in an age of texting and was supposed to be Cyrus's big break into more mature roles.

The English-language adaptation of the popular 2008 French film with the same name will premiere in just seven cities in the United States on May 4. — PTI

Aditya's blockbuster strategy

What Aditya Chopra wants, he gets. He is studying the success trend of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan to ensure that Ek Tha Tiger gets the biggest opening of all time and turns out to be the biggest blockbuster in Bollywood. The film releases on Eid this year. Aditya is sparing no cost or effort to market the film right and in a new way.

He wants the opening and success to be bigger than that of Bodyguard, Agneepath and 3 Idiots. He is taking an interest in marketing after a long time. Aditya is planning everything around maximum audience engagement. Not only will the team travel to Indian cities there will also be visits to USA, UK, Australia, and UAE to register record collections over there as well.

Like Bodyguard, this film will release on a Wednesday so that they can cash in on the long weekend. Salman's films are blockbusters anyway but Aditya wants this to be bigger than ever so that everyone will sit up and take notice and this Kabir Khan film will break records. Aditya wants it to be the biggest hit of the year and this is the first Salman-YRF collaboration which will take both of them to new heights of success.

Jism 2 for adults only

Bold reality: Pooja Bhatt While the makers of The Dirty Picture are busy cutting the scenes to make it suitable for television viewing, Pooja Bhatt wants nothing less than an 11pm for her upcoming film Jism 2.

"I am not sure what the hue and cry about Dirty Picture being denied an afternoon slot is about! I want nothing less than an 11 pm slot for Jism 2!" she said.

She also cleared that she is making an adult film that caters to adults only. "I am making an adult film and want a slot that caters to adults on TV. Why would I water my film down to suddenly cater to a family audience? I welcome an 'A' certificate for Jism 2 — the sequel to India's first definitive adult love story, Jism. Similarly, I welcome an 11 pm slot!" she added.


Mohit’s balancing act...

Career and Relationships: Mohit SeghalMohit Sehgal, who rose to fame with his first show as Samrat of Star One’s Miley Jab Hum Tum, chats with us about his career, his relationship with Sanaya Irani and more.

How do you balance your career with personal relationships?

I believe in balancing both career and personal relationships as I like to concentrate on one thing at a time. If I am working on a show, I keep my personal relationships away and when I am with my girlfriend Sanaya or my parents, I don’t think about work. Of course, one must also get support from loved ones to balance work and home.

Who inspires you the most?

My grandfather is my real inspiration as I was very close to him. He taught me a lot of things in life, about life. Like not to hurt anyone on purpose and one must give one’s best in everything.

What do you think of that someone special?

Yes, it’s very important to find someone special. I am lucky to have Sanaya in my life with whom I can share my feelings. She understands and supports me in whatever decisions I take. Apart from Sanaya, even my parents are very special and close to me.

What has been your proudest career achievement?

My first show Miley Jab Hum Tum’s success and the love and support I received from my fans. It was something I can never forget. I remember the way my father reacted when I told him about my plans to become an actor, but now I feel proud when someone calls me Samrat in his presence. That gives immense strength.

How would you describe your life?

For me, life is about fun, and positive attitude. Live life to its fullest and all will turn out well.

When will we see you back on television?

I am waiting for some good concepts and roles to come my way. I gave a few look tests but nothing concrete turned up. So let’s see.

High on expectations

Pratyusha Banerjee All the contestants and judges on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar2 seem to have high expectations from Sreeram considering his past singing record. Even after giving outstanding performances everyone’s still awaiting something unexpected from him. Where on one hand, Sreeram takes it as a challenge, it is also building pressure on him. This week performance of Sreeram also got affected when fellow contestants on the show Akansha and Shivam made a remark that Sreeram does not deserve to be in champion’s team. They have seen Sreeram’s performance in previous shows and were very impressed but till now they have not seen any rocking performance by Sreeram in the show which everyone is expecting. To this Shantanu acted as the true mentor and said, “Expectation is better than ignorance. Sreeram is lucky that people have expectations from him as it will help him to improve himself. An artiste should be sensitive but he also needs to be capable to handle this sensitivity accordingly.” Catch Sreeram on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar Season 2 this Saturday at 9pm on Star Plus.

Makeover time

In the serial Tarak Mehta Ka Oltah Chashamah, we all have seen that Gokuldham Society has got a new fantastic look. However, Abdul’s shop outside the society, where all member of the society come and enjoy drinking soda, remained the same. “As it happens, once a property dealer came in the society and he told society members that Gokuldham Society rate is still low in comparison to other societies only because of old shop of Abdul, which is a patch on the swanking new society. On hearing this Abdul was very upset and decides to sell the shop,” comments Asit Modi. But when Tappu overheard that Abdul is planning to sell the shop, he decides to help Abdul. He speaks to his parents about this and his parents decide to meet the other society members. Together they all take the decision to help Abdul. They all break Abdul’s shop and gift him a new renovated shop.

Film can wait

With hosting SAB TV’s Movers and Shakers 2, actor Shekhar Suman’s directorial debut Heartless, a medical thriller starring his son Adhyayan Suman and Giselle Monteiro is on the back burner. He plans to get back to it once his commitment to the show ends.

Shifting base: Mansi Parekh Gohil Change of interest

Actress Manasi Parekh Gohil has recently shot for a jewellery campaign for a renowned brand. However, we hear that Manasi was never too fond of jewellery and diamonds as she was more into books and film. Things must have changed due to low growth options.

Shifting base: Mansi Parekh Gohil

In a happy world

Pratyusha Banerjee is popular as Anandi of Balika Vadhu and while her career is going great, she is happily in love as well. She is dating Makrand Malhotra and when asked about marriage, the actress is clear that currently they are not in a hurry.

Copy Cat: Tina Dutta Style quotient

Tina Dutta’s look in Color’s Uttaran seem to be inspired from Kareena Kapoor’s from Kurbaan. Tina has a trendy and ethnic look and buzz is that she got her designer to stylise her in that fashion. Guess, Tina is loving it.

Copy Cat: Tina Dutta

Director's cut: Zoya Akhtar Tribute to Bollywood

Zoya Akhtar is making a documentary on Bollywood called Sheila Ki Jawani and it will feature Katrina Kaif. The documentary is about the evolution of Bollywood which is a very dear topic to the director.

Director's cut: Zoya Akhtar

Some gift: Ram Gopal Varma Worth the item!

Ram Gopal Varma is obsessed with Nathalia Kaur Pinheiro. He gifted the model the sexy costume she has worn in the item song Dan Dan in Department because it accentuates every curve of her body. She has no qualms with skin show.

Some gift: Ram Gopal Varma

Just friends: Katrina Kaif On talking terms

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan were spotted chatting with each other at a recent event. They were surrounded by bodyguards and friends Secret affair: Sonal Chauhan so their conversation could not be overheard.

Just friends: Katrina Kaif

Not so public

Though Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan are saying they are only friends, there is more than that meets the eye. They were spotted partying together with a group of friends in South Mumbai. They spent time alone with each other and everybody clicked lots of photographs. We are happy for them.

Secret affair: Sonal Chauhan

P Khurrana

ARIES: Travelling, shopping and entertaining are on the cards. Those of you planning to travel overseas would be able to realise that dream. A good diet will keep you in perfect shape. Don’t be lured by people who flatter and make vague promises. Tarot message: Wait and watch others. Lucky colour: Golden. Lucky number: 41

TAURUS: You may be tempted to splurge; however, restraint would work best. Learn to bring a sense of balance in your relationships. The festivities bring additional expenses and a heightened sense of petulance. Tarot message: Take no chances with trusting people. Lucky colour: Sap green. Lucky number: 30

GEMINI: If contemplating a change in lifestyle, the day would be favourable. Finances and health would all be in good shape. Conflict may arise at work and it would be vital to be expressive yet tactful. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Purple. Lucky number: 29

CANCER: Try and reach a middle ground with the other party so that conflicts are resolved. The conjunction of Mars and Saturn would have an impact on your finances. Keep your thoughts and views to yourself. Tarot message: A positive and caring attitude heals old wounds. Lucky colour: Fuchsia. Lucky number: 55

LEO: When faced with someone who is rigid don’t waste your time in arguing since it would not yield any results. If organising a party, take care of the guest list. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the inbuilt delays that come your way. Lucky colour: Black. Lucky number: 61

VIRGO: Organise your paperwork and filing systems, both at home and at work. Your instincts will be strong so go with your gut feeling. Take proper care of your health today. Plan a romantic evening with your partner. There may be an increase in income. Tarot message: Strive for perfection at work. Lucky colour: Grey. Lucky number: 37

LIBRA: Most of your time has been spent in planning, researching and strategising now you must be spontaneous. Your love life will improve and there will be more enjoyment in everything that you do. Tarot message: Be sure of involving yourself as much as possible in a new project. Lucky colour: Off white. Lucky number: 54

SCORPIO: The office would be the focus of the day and there would be a lot happening all around. You would have to keep your eyes and ears open in order to identify potential and exploit it. In relationships, avoid being judgmental. Tarot message: Do not leave things to chance. Lucky colour: Silver. Lucky number: 41

SAGITTARIUS: Personal changes would be the highlight of the day. You may have been reflecting on yourself lately and may decide to do away with some negative traits. Spend time with people who have faith in you. Tarot message: Don’t be too certain about obtaining a clearance. Lucky colour: Red. Lucky number: 60

CAPRICORN: You will be brimming with creative ideas. At work, your innovative side would be recognised while in social circles, it would be admired. Socially, professionally and personally, the day would hold a lot of activity. Tarot message: Try not to give money to strangers. Lucky colour: Sky blue. Lucky number: 59

AQUARIUS: Inherently, you are gifted with the ability to be creative and unique as well as a force to reckon with. Independent and strong, you would not want to submit to the authority of someone else. Tarot message: You are advised to focus on professional changes. Lucky colour: Pink. Lucky number: 44

PISCES: There would be distractions as you try and work hard to accomplish certain goals. In relationships, you would be able to see things from a different point of view and hence, resolve issues better. Tarot message: Avoid the tendency to criticise or judge others too harshly. Lucky colour: Blue. Lucky number: 29

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is April 25...

Those who associate you with plodding progress might be surprised by your ability to soar higher as the week begins. Get the interpersonal stuff in line and tackle issues one at a time — the biggest liability is concentrating too much on future. The current year will help your natural creativity and intuition. You will feel a desire to fight and obtain whatever concerns you, but the Saturn recommends prudence. Those born after 1970 will have to deal with an envious colleague, but should not be afraid: the promotion they hoped for is already in hand! Students will do well and their hard work will get them distinctive grades in their exams. Most of you will opt for higher education and will take to some specialised field of work. Positive developments will take place in different fields from employment opportunities; raise, praise, scholastic achievement and improved income are likely this week making it a busy week.

Karan RazdanMore time for the family is on the cards. You should monitor and control your strong desires and expensive tastes. Those who have credits and loans will feel the difficulty, while those who are about to finish their studies may spend too much.

Mood: Pumped and ready for anything ‘new’. Compatible signs: Cancer, Leo. Lucky colours: Yellow and green. Lucky days: Tuesday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 8, 11, 16, 22, 47. Lucky gem: Opal, Moon Sone. Lucky flower: White Lilly

Actor director and writer Karan Razdan (April 25, 1961) shares his birthday with you. He is famous for directing films with controversial themes like Girlfriend (2004), Hawas (2004), Souten: The Other Woman (2006). 2012-13 may not go well for Razdan who once associated with Late Priya Tendulkar of Rajni fame. However in 2014 his life will take a U turn due to number 7.

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