Telly-ing story
Debina Banerjee and Sumit Arora, actors of SAB TV’s Chidiyaghar, want to break stereotypes and do roles with a difference
Jasmine Singh

Sumit Arora and  Debina Banerjee If there is one thing that television or Bollywood actors are on a constant search in their career…it is ‘something different’. A different role, different dialogues, different director and these days a different look! While movies still stand to offer this difference, television doesn’t entertain the word easily. However, Debina Banerjee and Sumit Arora, the cast of SAB TV’s Chidiyaghar, have devised ways to break stereotype acting and enjoy every day on the telly tube. In Chandigarh for the promotion of the show, the actors talk about their little comfort zone called television.

Bring it on
Debina Banerjee

After playing a challenging and of course demanding role of Sita in Ramayan, it was time to do something light and easy. Mayuri, her character in Chidiyaghar, gave her what she needed the most — a different role. “Playing Sita was challenging. It wasn’t easy; I did not imitate anyone. At the same time, I was emotionally stressed because of it, so I consciously was looking for something light. This is how I became a part of Chidiyaghar,” shares Debina.

On television, every second character looks the same and this beautiful actress has devised her way to bring a little jazz to whatever she does. “I understand every saas and bahu on the show are the same; same sob story of sacrifice. My character Mayuri is easy and difficult at the same time. To make audiences laugh is a challenge,” she smiles talking about how she breaks the monotony at work. “I have done reality shows and am open to many more. I did a singing reality show; another one where I could test my physical strength. Now, I want to do a dance reality show and I guess that will happen pretty soon,” she says. With TV actors making it big on silver screen, does Debina has any such plans? “I don’t plan my life; I do my best and leave everything else to the almighty. I would love to do a good movie if I get one.”

Laugh it off
Sumit Arora

A long innings in theatre in Jaipur; lot of struggle, good number of TV advertisements, films and television serials, Sumit Arora has laughed his way from one show to the other. He likes comedy and this is where he brings in the difference. “I have always been doing comedy and I am comfortable with this genre. Every character is different and I try to bring it in variations as far as possible,” adds Sumit, who feels his character in Chidiyaghar is light and interesting. “I would like to change my genre in acting.”

Punjabi beats in B-town
From Saade Naal Rahoge to Maa Da Laadla to Rum Whisky, Punjabi songs have and continue to rock Bollywood
Sabia Talwar

  john abraham in the song rum whisky Yet again, the buzz of Punjabi songs and singers can be heard in B-town. So are they a lucky charm for Bollywood? Recently, we have witnessed Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh sing Peepa peepa ho gaya for the romcom Tere naal love ho gaya. And John Abraham's latest Punjabi item number Rum whisky from the movie Vicky Donor is quite a rage.

Bollywood has successfully managed to retain the Punjabi flavour in both folk as well as peppy numbers. It was a long time ago when Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi sang Saade naal rahoge in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Mrityudata and the song was a huge hit. 

A still from the song Peepa peepa ho gaya Subsequently, we have had groovy tracks like Maa da laadla by Master Saleem in Dostana and Mauja hi mauja by Mika Singh in Jab We Met. So, what's the reason behind the success of Punjabi numbers? "Punjabi singers have a tone, which is 'hatke' from the regular Bollywood playback singers. Bollywood also has an international market and that way a singer gets more recognition. Punjabi cinema has a limited audience, which is not the case with Bollywood," says Labh Janjua, who has sung many songs for Bollywood and will be heard in the movie Hayo Rabba Main Ki Karan soon.

The movie Chaar Din Ki Chandani, starring Kuljit Randhawa and Tusshar Kapoor, even saw singers collaborate with RDB and a version of Dr Zeus' Kangana has turned out well. Says singer Jasbir Jassi, "Punjabi music has stress-relieving qualities, perhaps that is the reason why it has a long history in Bollywood." Jassi has also sung for movies like Dobara and Patiala House. "Bollywood movies use genres like Pop, House, Chill Out and Punjabi music fits in every genre. With technology, Punjabi songs sound even better," adds Jassi. Singer Harshdeep Kaur, who has also sung for Bollywood, feels the catchy rhythm of Punjabi songs is the reason behind their success. "Punjabi songs are very peppy; perhaps that is why they are more popular."

We wonder if there are some singers who are ready to join the Bollywood bandwagon. Says Punjabi singer Gippy Grewal, who is currently relishing the success of his recent movie Mirza— The untold story, "I will definitely want to sing for Bollywood and it's not that I haven't received offers till now; I'm just waiting for my kind of songs."

Traditional dance, modern moves
Kathak is like lightning. It illuminates and is then gone, says Aditi Mangaldas

Aditi Mangaldas “All our traditions are like a flowing river. They imbibe from the ambience and the times,” says Aditi Mangaldas, renowned Kathak danseuse and choreographer. And, her journey has been all about flowing.

In city, as part of Chandigarh Art and Heritage festival with her Uncharted Seas, Aditi has achieved many a milestone in her incredible journey.

A disciple of Kumudini Lakhia and Birju Maharaj, she has broken many a glass ceiling and is set to break another. A move from kathak to contemporary dancing has not been easy and Aditi gives credit of her accomplishments to her family as well as gurus. “I was brought up in a very open environment where questioning was encouraged. Kumudini Ji was a pioneer in contemporary kathak dance. And, Birju Maharaj, it was magical to work with him,” says Aditi.

Taking kathak to be the seed, this courageous dancer-choreographer has watered it with contemporary influences to create something new. “It’s been easier to make changes in external appearance, but bringing changes in ‘form’ has been truly challenging,” admits Aditi. “If one has the honesty and humility, things happen. I have been courageous enough to do that.”

After being the leading dancer in Birju Maharaj’s troupe, her journey in self-exploration started with a number of contemporary dance dramas, including Samvet, Swagat, Cheekh; many of them addressing woman-centric issues. Then there was seeing things from different perspectives. “I have been really influenced by Dr BN Goswami. In fact, many ideas have emerged from his lectures and conversations.” Timeless and Now Is are a few such productions.

Running her dance foundation Drishtikon, Aditi says no to awards from politicians. Her reward comes in the form of participation at Edinburgh International Festival. “So far, our dances have been restricted to Asia-centric events; with Edinburgh International Festival, we break yet another glass ceiling.”

Tea off with green
It’s time to go green with green tea, which is fast becoming popular with people
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

A warm cup of tea in the morning is a necessity of most Indians, but apart from the regular black tea that we all love to sip (even in the sweltering sun) we are also waking up to the trend of drinking green tea, whose health benefits have been spoken at length now. Though green tea has been brewed for hundreds of years, it has gained popularity in this part of the country in the recent times.

“Green tea contains high levels of antioxidants and studies show that drinking it protects the body from illness, heart disease, high cholesterol and even some forms of cancer,” says Nalini, diet consultant from Panchkula. She adds, “Though we all love our regular tea, green tea has metabolism properties that help in weight loss and is also good for diabetic patients. One can have green tea in the morning with dry fruits like prunes and figs, but one should not take it with bananas or papayas.” One of the hottest drinks in the market, even the restaurants are serving green tea these days and just to promote the concept one of the Pan-Asian restaurant in Chandigarh even served it as a complimentary drink.

“Green tea is fast becoming a favourite with people; it’s the flavoured, scented and herbal teas that are a huge hit. Various flowers, herbs and even fruits are becoming more and more popular among tea drinkers,” says an employee of Fabindia.

Green tea it is also being used as a topping or as an ingredient in everyday foods and drinks. “Green tea ice-cream is also a new trend when it comes to food. Another trend is that of serving loose leaf tea rather than the standard tea bags,” says Swatantra Gautam, city-based chef. He adds, “Few people know that when loose leaf tea is submerged in water it unfolds and produces a very pleasing aroma.”

Why not go green?
Tea trends

n Bubble tea is a trend on the west coast. This type of tea has tapioca pearls in it, which look like little bubbles.

n Tea houses and tea shops are also becoming more and more popular. This is comparable to the rise in coffee shops. Tea shops and tea houses are another one of the many tea trends.

n Tea is also being used in various recipes. Many chefs will experiment by adding tea to popular dishes to improve the flavours.

Gyan Zone
Taste & style
Ashima Batish

At any restaurant opening, the most obvious subject of conversation is, usually, the food. The cuisines that have found space on the pages of the menu, the variety in appetizers, main course and desserts, mocktails and cocktails…and so it happened at the launch of Chandigarh’s popular interior architect, Annu Bain’s, restaurant and lounge, The Pewter Room and The Blue Blazer. The only difference is that the interiors of the restaurant replace the topic of food.

What else can be expected when it is about Annu Bain’s space that promises a fine dining experience? Opulence, certainly! The restaurant opens with The Pewter Room, pewter because that along with gold makes for the colour scheme. The fine dining space stands true to its claim; from the couches, lamps, even the attached powder room to the golden plates that the food is served on…everything is in sync with the colour scheme. The next section is the Cabanna, which is kept open at the roof to let the sunlight in. “Lighting is a very important aspect of the space. The yellow and white lighting in this part will add to the décor of the space,” says Annu Bains. At the Blue Blazer also, lighting has been given a lot of importance. Plus it also has a 27X5 feet high screen that covers the entire wall. The glass ceiling deserves a special mention. “It is a different concept; it makes the space stand apart from the dark and dingy restaurants that we have here.” The lounge is also acoustically treated.

Coming to the food, the cuisine comprises modern Indian, Italian and Thai. Highly recommended are lemongrass tandoori prawns, galouti kebabs, murgh ke paarchey, among the starters. The main course favourites are expected to be karavali jheenga, raan esphahan, peanut butter chicken or paneer. Blue Blazer also has a signature cocktail known by its name. “Its base is vodka and it is infused with homemade cardamom. We are sure that it will be something absolutely different that people of Chandigarh will get to try in the city,” says Ganeev Bains, MD, Halycon Inn Hospitality. So, everything was talked about, except for the rates, which Annu claims is “competitive”. For what exactly it is, one will have to visit the restaurant. Now, that is what the owners Annu and Ganveer exactly want!

First-day-first show
Of speed and action 


Cast: Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy, Boman Irani, Mohan Lal and Mallika Sherawat.

Director: Priyadarshan

The movie Tezz revolves around a bullet train hijacking where actor Mohanlal plays a dutiful cop of the Scotland Yard with Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor in the pivotal roles. Kangana Ranaut plays Ajay Devgn’s wife. Zayed Khan is also seen in an important role in the film. Tezz is the story of one man, who is out to get back what was unjustly taken away from him. The other is willing to do whatever it takes to stop him in order to serve justice; both are pitted against each other and against time. Lives have already been destroyed and more lives are about to be devastated as a train speeding from Glasgow to London holds the fate of Aakash Rana (Ajay Devgan) and Counter Terrorism Command Arjun Khanna (Anil Kapoor), and only one of them will succeed.

Great direction

The film paces ahead due to Priyadarshan’s performance as a great director. Though the storyline revolves around Speed, yet the treatment makes it a movie to watch.

— Karandeep Singh, Student, Khalsa College


The action sequences in the film are good. The performances are par excellence. There is no doubt that the second half is slower than the first half.

— Naina Varmani, housewife

Weak script

The second half pretty much drowned the whole film. It’s sad when a film collapses on the basis of a lose script.

— Ajay Pal Singh, Bank employee

The Avengers 3 D

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Hawk Eye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are rounded up by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D to look for the Tesseract, the cube with special powers before the antagonist Loki (Tom Hiddleston) gets his hands on it. The cube, if placed in the wrong hands, can cause havoc on planet Earth. When the superheroes meet, obviously sparks fly.

It’s special

The special effects are just amazing. The movie lives up to the expectations and 3 D makes it even better.

— Anisha Verma, student, Strawberry Fields.

Great fun

Action films become better when they have the undercurrents of humour and engaging one liners. That was the best part of the film.

— Raunak Dhindsa, Call centre employee.

Good package

It is a fun-filled film. It has some great stunts and an amazing plot. All in all, lot of fun.

— Viren Chopra, Shopkeeper.

(As told to Vasudha Gupta)

Doc Talk
Cool food...
Dr Sonia Gandhi

Summer is the season of heat. The days are sunny and faces are brown. We sweat a lot. We get angry and exhausted. The heat of summer makes it easy to remember to drink water, but are you drinking enough water?

Staying well hydrated is essential in maintaining adequate blood volume, energy level and body functions. Most people consume at least 8-12 cups/day. However, the exact amount depends on your activity level, the outdoor temperature and your body composition. One quick estimation of dehydration is to check the colour of your urine. It should colourless.

Take care

n Adequate intake of fluids helps in hydrating the body and rejuvenating. It helps in removal of toxins, drugs and other metabolites. All soft drinks that are rich in sugar, preservatives and colors should be avoided. Dilute phosphoric acid is seen in many cold drinks. They damage the gastrointestinal lining and cause calcium leaching from the bones. Carbonated, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks cause a lot of water loss through urination. As the temperature around you soars, cool with these summer drinks like spiced lemonade, fruit cocktails, puréed melon drink and the all-time favorites refreshing drink - diluted lassi.

n It is a common practice to drink chilled liquids which should be avoided as chilled liquids tighten or constrict blood vessels and reduce body heat loss.

n Go with seasonal fruits and vegetables and say no to winter vegetables in spite of their availability. Nature has provided us with lovely yellows, oranges, red and juicy, watery fruits and vegetables. So go with them and fight the hot sun away. The seasonal fruits (melons) and vegetables (gourd family), onions and cucumber are easy to digest, have better taste and great nutritional value. Dried fruits should be restricted and should be replaced by fresh fruits, as they supply a good amount of water in addition to vitamins and minerals. Easy to digest, these fruits and vegetables help in reducing our body temperature.

n Cut down on fried, spicy and fatty foods such as French fries, chips, samosas, kachori, puris etc as they produce heat due to the thermal effect of fat. Opt for non-stick vessels to get your nutritious low fat meal.

n Introduce some home-made appetizers in your meal to make it more palatable. These appetizers in a way will help you to reduce the amount of spices and fat you add in your food to make it more delicious, as they take over the role of spices. Appetizers like dhania-pudina chutneys, amla chutney, table vinegar, lemon, green mango and carrot murabbas. Panna and kanjis are best thirst quenchers.

n Go slow with high calorie, chilled puddings. Instead prefer home-made cold puddings, yoghurt, cold seasonal fruits with jelly.

 (Gandhi is a Mohali-based clinical nutritionist)

The foodies
Mixed flavours
The recently opened branch of Forno restaurant in Panchkula offers a lot to tantalise your taste buds 
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

In the recent past, Panchkula has seen a sudden spurt in the number of eating joints. With some known names already making a mark, the latest to join the race is a branch of Forno restaurant in Sector 9, which is already functional in Sector 35, Chandigarh. Having included Mediterranean, Indian and Oriental cuisine to the existing Italian menu, now it is a restaurant that will cater to all your tastes. There is a basement for private dining or a small gathering, a live kitchen and ice-cream parlour, Gianz, on the first floor, a dining area on the second and then a terrace restaurant.

Italian flavours

Their ‘wood fire oven’ pizzas are a deal to grab, as they are freshly baked and have a variety to suit the Indian taste-buds. From a taste of Indian curry pizza to a Malaysian one, you can choose the flavour of the pizza. And if you are looking for more in Italian food, then you have risotto, pasta and lasagane. Indulge in their Satay chicken, Lucifero (salami, chilly paneer, Napoletana sauce); Curry chicken melt or Giardino, a select garden vegetable pizza. In pasta, you can opt for Arrabbiata, Giardino, Norma, Fattore, Boscaiola and Bolognese, and in risotto go for the grilled mushroom risotto or chicken if you are a meat-eater.

Salad surprise

If you are a salad person, then on offer is Broccoli and almond salad, Forno special salad, Caesar vegetarian, Caesar chicken. The owner and the chef Vivek recommends Veg Forno – a mix of lettuce, mushroom, mixed capsicum and olives or tuna salad.

Something fishy

Having made beer-battered fish famous in Chandigarh, now you can relish it in Panchkula as well. It is an Australian style of cooking of fish and chips, so this is a must try.

Going oriental

Oriental is quite readily available and here too they are offering what suits the Punjabi palate. From honey cauliflower to salt ‘n’ pepper baby corns; there are also noodles, fried rice shredded chicken in Szechuan sauce to pick from.

Indian tadka

There is an endless variety to choose from, but if your choice is Indian, go for dum aloo kashmiri, paneer makhini in vegetarian and Murgh shahjahani and Peshwari chicken in non-vegetarian.

Mediterranean magic

In Mediterranean you can enjoy khus-khus salad and grilled mushrooms on a bed of khus-khus; for non-vegetarians there is an option of chicken. Other than this you can try the pitta bread rolls, Turkish kebabs and more.

Last, but the most important, the restaurant home-delivers in Chandigarh, Panchkula and even Zirakpur. So, if you are not in a mood to cook, get set and order!

Comfort zone

Every person has a sense of style in his own right. 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 this week’s face in the crowd Rishima Sidhu, first year graduation student, believes in projecting her individuality through clothes.

Your sense of style is… 

I believe in making my own style statements and not in following others. Any given day, I’d put comfort before dressing up for others.

Latest addition in the wardrobe…

One black jump suit, a black cocktail dress by Mango and a pair of high heels by Jimmy Choo.

Brand freak or street smart?

A bit of both. As that creates the perfect balance and style. I don’t blindly believe in brands but at the same time enjoy wearing hi-end stuff.

Choose one: Sporty, glamorous or chic

It would be glamorous of course, as I’m in the glamour industry. Having done ramps, print ads and recently a music video.

Your style icon …

Though I don’t believe in following others but if I have to name someone it would be Kim Kardashian and Tyra Banks. Because they can make anything look instantly glamorous.

Who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

Mallika Sherawat, the hot girl from Bollywood. Though she is quite famous for her bold sense of dressing but I guess she ends up in disasters most of the times. She fails to understand the whole point of dressing given her poor sense of fashion.

One fashion trend you don’t understand…

Jeggings under skirt. They don’t make much sense. And weirdly fitting jeans that boys these days are sporting.

Your take on accessories

Well, they are a few and far between. But kohl pencil, lip gloss, sun glasses and a watch sum up my list of accessories. A good watch brings out the best in any outfit.

(As told to Manpriya Singh)

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star track
Eat, work, love

Nargis Fakhri’s life and diet have changed since she moved base to India. The beauty from Rockstar talks about gaining weight and eating all that she wants.

Thin to curvy

I like curvy girls. If I were a guy, I would want a curvy girl so I could hold her and she would feel nice and soft. Since moving to India about two years ago, I have gained nine kilos. I used be really thin and people wanted to feed me all the time. Now, that has changed. I eat a lot and it feels good. I had to stay thin while modeling in New York because models have to be thin there. Here models can be curvy and that feels great. Imtiaz Ali asked me to gain weight for Rockstar and since then, there has been no looking back!

Oh food!

I eat all the time, every two hours and eat chocolates and desserts in between. I eat chicken, fish, dal rice, rajma, sabzi, roti, and other lovely things my maid cooks. Earlier, I used to live on salads and eggs and all that but that has changed now. I have nuts and fruits too and I eat rasmalai and mousse everyday because I enjoy it.

Keeping fit

I don’t like going to the gym. I used to cycle and walk everywhere in America and clean my house but here you cannot do that. So I am getting into different forms of dancing, yoga, and swimming to stay in shape. It is fun and healthy for me. 



These are a few of my favourite films…

Chandan Roy Sanyal and Yuki Ellias
Film talk: Chandan Roy Sanyal and Yuki Ellias

Chandan Roy Sanyal is best remembered for his debut as Mikhail, Charlie’s crazy, coke-head best friend in Kaminey. He was last seen in F.A.L.T.U. and has impressive movies in his kitty such as Midnight’s Children and another one produced by Aamir Khan. He is also prominent in theatre and has his own company. He talks about the movies he likes:


I would love to do Aamir Khan’s role in this movie. It was a soulful and entertaining film and doesn’t need my recommendation.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I love Michel Gondry’s films and this one is a must-watch.

The Science of Sleep

It is a Michel Gondry film. What more do I say?


I loved Omkara, especially the dialogues. I saw the film in the afternoon, and the same night I was going to Stratford-Upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace, to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I felt a strange connection. What is cool is that I loved Omkara and now I am part of Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film.

Revolutionary Road

This film features my favourite actors—Leonardo DiCaprio who I think is underrated as an actor and Kate Winslet. I love the scene where she starts fighting with him on the highway.

New look

Arjun Rampal plays a cop in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh and he has a specific look with a moustache and a new haircut. He is the lead in it and has a layered role. He also has learnt Parkour for it.

Chulbul Pandey’s fan

Ranbir Kapoor says that Dabangg’s Chulbul Pandey played by Salman Khan is his favourite superhero. He says a good story counts more than crores of rupees spent on making it. Ranbir garnered lots of praise for his recent flim Rockstar.


Lohan hits back

Lindsay Lohan Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has hit back at American actress Rosie O’ Donnell’s claims of her being incapable of playing the screen icon Elizabeth Taylor.

O’Donnell had earlier said that Lohan, who will revive the late actress in the TV movie Liz and Dick, is not in the right frame of mind to work.

However, Lohan, 25, feels the chat show host does not know her well enough to make such a statement. “It’s funny that someone you don’t know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing. You know, I did one of my first interviews with her when I was little. I was so excited,” she said.

The Freaky Friday actress was officially signed on to play the role of the Hollywood legend and said she would prove her critics wrong and fully commit to the project.

“I know that I’m great. I know Liz Taylor really well. I’m really lucky to be able to do this role and I just want to honour her the way that she should be honoured, because she’s helped a lot of people in her life. I’m going to do the best that I can do with the role and I’m very excited to do it,” said Lohan. — PTI



When in Goa, do as Goan does

Anushka Sharma is playing a Goa-based Catholic girl in Anurag Kashyap’s next movie in which Ranbir Kapoor is her co-star. So, she has been asked to spend time with people in Goa and pick up their body language and mannerisms. Cool!

Madhuri to play gangster

After signing Vishal Bharadwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya, the Bollywood diva has now been roped to play the lead role of a gangster in Anubhav Sinha’s home production Gulab Gang. “We have signed Madhuri for Gulab Gang.

She would be playing the lead role of Gulab. She heads the gang of women,” Sinha said in an interview. “It was director Soumik Sen who narrated me the story and I really liked it.

It was his idea of having Madhuri in the film. He met her and she was also extremely excited about it,” he said. Gulab Gang is a story of a gang of women fighting against social injustice.

“It is not a biopic. It is not based on anyone. It is in a way inspired by something that happened in UP. It is a fiction,” Sinha said. The producer said there will be about six female characters in the film. “We have just finalised Madhuri.

Soumik had mentioned that he wants to cast Mahie Gill, Shilpa Shukla for other roles. — PTI 



Kangna uncut

Kangna Ranaut is gorgeous and she has a tall figure to boot. She is one of the trendiest actresses in Bollywood with an eclectic taste in fashion. She shares her fashion tips for the summer. She also encourages people to be individualistic.

I love clothes!

A white linen dress is a wardrobe must-have. I love clothes from Armani, Versace, Marc Jacobs, and Sabyasachi.

Hard work

Fashion is a job. You cannot look good and be comfortable. If you want to look good, be prepared to work for it. I am passionate about fashion. I love my body the way it is and dress accordingly.

Smell good!

Chanel No. 5 is a classic perfume and it is my favourite. One must have a signature scent. For cosmetics, I like using Lancome and YSL.

Fit and fine

I think your hobbies are part of your personality. I love to cook and am passionate about fashion, food, fitness, and films. So I cannot diet. I stay fit by eating the right food (a balanced diet) and doing yoga. 

I am me!

To be stylish, it is important to believe in yourself and be individualistic. You cannot always listen to people and you must wear and change your style as you like. It is a good idea to shop sensibly and not go overboard, which is something I have learned.

Ash not in Sarkar 3

According to Ram Gopal Varma, Sarkar 3 is certainly happening. However, he clarified that Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan will continue with their roles. Aishwarya Rai won’t be part of the cast. Sarkar 3 is being planned. Amitji and Abhishek will feature in it but contrary to the reports Aishwarya won’t be a part of it. The script is still under progress,” he said. There were rumours of Aishwarya returning to films post-pregnancy break with Sarkar 3.

Record breaker

Farhan Akhtar is training very hard to play athlete Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He covered a distance of 100 mt in 11.9 seconds and the record for the same is 9.58 seconds. Way to go!

Vicky Donor rocks

People absolutely love Vicky Donor and the songs are also a big hit. Rum whisky will be all over the wedding and party scene and people just cannot get enough of Pani da rang which is sung and co-written and composed by Ayushmann Khurrana.

chatter box
What’s cooking?

After opposing, now Imarti Devi of Kairi on Colors will get her son Anuj engaged to his sweetheart, Mala. But there is a twist in this tale as post engagement it won’t result in marriage! Imarti Devi has a plan up her sleeve.

A still from Kairi

Just rumours

Karan Wahi is upset with rumours that he is dating his co-star Kritika Kamra from his show Kuch Toh Log Kahenge Kritika Kamra. He claims he is single and doesn’t date his co-stars. 



Image makeover

Benaf Dadachandji After Zee’s Choti Bahu, Benaf Dadachandji now will be seen in a lead role in Hats off Productions’ upcoming show, titled Byah Hamari Bahu Ka, on Sony. Benaf has done Baa Bahu Aur Baby with the production house earlier, is excited about her modern-outgoing girl’s role in the show.

Mama’s darling

Arjun Bijlani, who is currently hosting UTV Bindass’ reality show Road Diaries, says if his mother wants he wouldn’t mind getting married soon. He is game for arranged marriage. The 29- year-old actor is sure marriage wouldn’t harm his career. 

ready for the plunge: Arjun Bijlani 


Supriya Pathak will return to TV with Hats Off Productions’ upcoming show on Life OK, Alakshmi. Raman Kumar, Falguni Desai and Helly Shah will also be part of the show. Supriya will play a grandma Shanti.

The show is a remake of a Bengali hit series Romonir Gune.



First-hand experience

Sameer Sharma Sameer Sharma, who debuted on television with Star One’s show Dil Kya Chahta Hai, has done many shows including Geet – Hui Sabse Parayee. He talks about the first things in his life…

First salary

My first job was in an event management company. It was a part-time job for which I earned Rs 2,500. It was a long time ago. I don’t remember how I spent all the money. (Laughs)

First car

I bought my first car when I was in Bangalore. It was a Zen car. I think it was in the year 2004-05. The car was proved lucky for me. But I use a different car now.

First house

I haven’t bought any house of my own yet. But the first house, I ever rented was when I moved from Delhi to Bangalore. It was a small but sufficient one bedroom-kitchen flat.

First holiday

I have been going on holidays since I was a kid with my family. But the first holiday that I went on my own was when I was in Bangalore. My friends and I rented a bus and went to Goa. The bus was really bad and it broke down in the middle of the journey. We had to get it repaired. It took us two days to complete a 12 hour journey. But it was really fun.

First claim to fame

My first claim to fame was when I was in Bangalore. I was a working as an event manager for a known company. We had several big clients such as Kingfisher etc. And for one of the events we handled, I was interviewed by media. I was in the magazines, television, newspaper etc. They interviewed me as a person and not a representative for anyone. It was really special.

First love

My first love or you can say girlfriend was when I was in Bangalore. I am married to her now. We used to work in the same company, so I used to drop her home every day in the same Zen car. Slowly, we became friends, fell in love and got married.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is April 28...

If you wish to undertake something new, you must take into account the difficulties, which will arise in the beginning. Patience and faith in your goals will help you but this is not enough: you must choose someone who can help you. Take rest and try to relax as much as possible between work. Do not invest in joint ventures and dubious financial schemes. Someone you trust will not tell you the whole truth-Your ability to convince others will help you solve problems. Concentrate on your work and stay clear of emotional confrontations. Don’t make hasty decisions that you could regret later in your life.

Look for a leadership role or a way to exercise your creative instincts. Stop following unrealistic dreams and think of what you really can do otherwise you risk compromising all the effort you have made till date. People born before 1970 will have the possibility for important changes.

Students will have to work hard to achieve success in exams. You must concentrate on studies from early this year since the planets are not favourably disposed at the times of the exams. Any lapse in studies or neglect is certain to result in failure.

A busy and progressive 2012-13 is indicated with many ‘money issues’ being solved and addressed. Use more to send your message across to family members. Have your best ‘sit down’ discussion and request cooperation from the members for best results.

No matter the amount of money you will possess, your finances will mostly go towards your family, credits or in supporting others in one way or the other. Businessmen might finance charitable events while others might support the elderly and underprivileged neighbours or relatives.

Enjoying shared events and hobbies with friends . In order to maintain a healthy state it is important that you process the events, listen to your heart, follow your intuition and make permanent use of your empathy. Your love impulses are tempered by what you “read” at the emotional level. You are more affectionate and playful, and that draws others out too.

Mood: Rolling along often

Compatible signs: Leo, Taurus

Lucky colours: Grey and rusty orange

Lucky days: Monday and Wednesday. Lucky numbers: 5, 6, 15, 21, 34, 60 Lucky gem: Ruby.

Lucky flower: Neel kamal. What to do on birthday religiously: Donate mustard oil to needy or a genuine beggar or to a buffalo.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu ( April 28, 1987 Chennai) model and Tamil heroine  whose  first major release was the critically acclaimed Gautham Menon film, Ye Maaya Chesave, shares the cake with you. Samantha plays a student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the first such role in Tamil cinema. Samantha has also recently signed Vamsi Paidipally’s Brindaavanam in which she has a supporting role alongside NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal. She will enter her Hindi Cinema in 2013

Astro turf
p Khurrana

ARIES: Get real about your daily routine and make it a happy one. Meetings and negotiations will

be productive. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to indulge in leisure activities. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 47

TAURUS: Your card is The Magician, so you are not likely to be taken unaware by surprise happenings. Pay grocery bills on time. It is probably a better period for working in familiar surroundings than for traveling. Tarot message: At work don’t hold back anything from your employer. Lucky colour: Metallic grey. Magic number: 42

GEMINI: Spend this perfect day with your sweetheart. Drop whatever you had scheduled and dedicate yourself to the one you love most. Exciting new contracts emerge from chance encounters. Tarot message: You must share responsibility with others before continuing. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 35

CANCER: If you have recently taken on a new job or contract, make sure to negotiate and organise all the specific terms and conditions. You may begin to feel rather tired latter in the day. Tarot message: Don’t make impulsive decisions in personal relationship. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 40

LEO: Today is a test of your competence. Your performance is on public view and those in charge will be carefully watching your moves. Do not pay too much attention to gossip about loved ones. Tarot message: You gain by being practical; don’t be emotional. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 32

VIRGO: Sudden encounters with extraordinary character leave a mark on your life. You are unlikely to forget such incidents quickly. You will find it difficult to reach agreements with loved ones. Take care of your stomach. Tarot message: You gain by being practical. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 25

LIBRA: Your lover may be insistent on your attention. Do your best to comply. Employment affairs may be somewhat unsettled especially in the morning. Home and family affairs will be most enjoyable. Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Sky blue. Magic number: 28

SCORPIO: Cash should be flowing into your account today. This abundance is not due to luck but all because of your hard work. Be a little cautious about whom you get involved with. Tarot message: You are advised to focus on professional changes. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 32

SAGITTARIUS: The run of good business continues. Relationships move to closer intimacy, deepening love and fulfilling sexuality. Women: keep a tight grip on purse strings. A worrisome day for the younger persons. Tarot message: You have to push to succeed and your efforts will pay off. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 40 

CAPRICORN: Customer and other relatives are a specialty for you today. Singles are in luck, and those with partners are back in saddle. It is a perfect day for a clean-up around the house; off for the weeks. Tarot message: By applying yourself you can build great success. Lucky colour: Peacock Green. Magic number: 51

AQUARIUS: A day is built for workaholics which is great if you love your job and want to establish a powerful momentum of productivity. Friends and finance will not mix. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Forest Green. Magic number: 65

PISCES: Make the efforts to apply for a job you really do want. Club and social activities are not favoured. Warmth and joy can flow to you in romance. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 61

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