Desi beats, Angreji ishtyle
Honey Singh is a big name in the Punjabi music industry. In an exclusive with Life+Style, he says he'll not only sing but soon act for Bollywood in addition to some international collaborations
Sabia Talwar

 Honey Singh
Honey Singh

An interview lined up since three months, a promise made and kept in good spirit by Honey Singh brought him to Chandigarh a day before he was actually supposed to arrive! We met him over a cup of coffee to know the hot and cold issues hovering around him, along with his busy (really busy) schedule.

What brings you to Chandigarh?

Apart from the show that did not materialise I am especially here for this interview, as I had promised earlier.

According to a latest report, you are the highest paid singer ever in Bollywood. How did it happen?

This was my first contract in Bollywood. Bohra Bros, who are the producers of movies like Tanu Weds Manu, Shaitaan, Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster and the one which has made to the Cannes film festival, Gangs of Wasseypur, approached me for a song for their upcoming movie Mastaan. I had a collection of twenty-five Hindi songs, which I had been working on for my first Hindi solo album. Sunil Bohra liked all the songs and selected one for the movie. I had initially asked for an amount of one crore, but then the deal finally got locked at Rs 70 lakhs. I have a short role in the movie as well.

And how did the song 'Angreji Beat' land up in the Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Cocktail'?

I got a call from Eros production that Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are great fans of my songs, and they really want Cocktail to have at least one song from among Brown Rang, Dope Shope or Angreji Beat. In fact, they wanted me to make a similar track like Angreji Beat but then the original was finalised, for which Saif convinced the company that had the rights of the song in England. And there it is, as you can see it in the trailers of Cocktail.

A lot of controversies surround you and many people are against you. What is your reaction?

I have made a very wise decision that I will not react at all. My work will speak for me. I don't need to prove anything to the people who are against me and I'm proud of the fact that if I have people who hate me, I have double the number who love and support me.

Yo Yo Honey Singh is rapper, a singer, a composer, a music producer and an actor now. Which one is closest to his heart?

I'm a singer first, as being a composer trains you in the basics of singing when you have to tell other artistes the correct style of singing the track. Rest I would say that I never planned to be a singer or a rapper or even an actor. The audience liked my work in the movie Mirza, where I played a grey character and now there is Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 coming up with Amrinder Gill, which is a fun story about two brothers. I'm also planning to act in Hindi movies…so Bollywood here I come.

Tell us some spicy news that you haven't talked about yet.

In some months from now, I will be working in collaboration with an American pop singer for which I will be going to LA. Also, I will be coming up with single tracks, which will release worldwide along with their videos. I am also doing rap for Pritam and also one more collaboration, which is one of my dreams, with Jazzy B. For now, I will be shifting my base to Bollywood as I have a lot of things lined up and acting is on the cards. Last but not the least I'm coming up with a European clothing brand in India.

Tell us about your success secrets

I don't believe I'm successful because it's just the beginning; for me successful artists are Hans Raj Hans, Harbhajan Mann and Daler Mehndi, who have made it really big. So, one should just keep working hard, rest of the things will follow.

What makes you so fashionable and stylish?

I am a villager with an international style! I wear a fusion of urban and desi clothes, so you can see me wearing jeans with Punjabi jutti. My fitness is my fashion statement.

Goofy is 80!
Walt Disney's much-loved cartoon character Goofy is as popular as he was when first launched eighty years ago
Sabia Talwar

Goofy, the famous cartoon character created by Walt Disney Productions in 1932, made its first appearance on May 25 in Mickey's Revue, a short movie that features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horse collar and Clarabelle Cow. Goofy, a tall dog that wears a turtle neck and vest, with pants, shoes, white gloves, and a hat originally designed as a rumpled fedora, is the closest friend of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. And this year, he turns eighty! We wonder what memories people have of Goofy! Says Akash Aggarwal, a young entrepreneur, "I remember in my childhood days when I used to see Mickey and friends, I adored Goofy. I used to be addicted to this cartoon series."

Goofy is normally portrayed as extremely clumsy with little intelligence, but occasionally he is shown as intuitive and clever. Says Sanjana Ahuja, a BA final-year student from MCM College, "Who does not remember this tall cartoon character who used to mess up things for his friends Mickey and Donald? I remember having imported stuffed toys of Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with which I used to play all day long."

For the lovers of Goofy, they can't believe that he has turned eighty! "No ways, he can't turn eighty…he looks so young. I still remember that I used to watch Mickey and Goofy playing around, which used to keep me occupied while I was doing my homework," smiles Rohit Sharma, an MBA student from Chandigarh.

Goofy's cute catchlines like gwarsh, ah-hyuck and his laugh which goes like hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo have found a place in nearly everyone's childhood memories. "Believe it or not, I used to actually make sounds like Goofy, which was so much fun. Along with my friends, I used to go for sketching classes and Goofy was my favourite character," says Ranjana Rawat, a teacher.

Fun road

Disney Channel will premiere the Extremely Goofy Movie at 6 pm on May 25. Join Goofy and his son, Max, in a hip and hilarious movie that kicks up real fun on the road to higher education.

Goofy story

  • A friend to all and a close pal to Walt Disney, Goofy made his debut in Mickey's Revue, a short movie that features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. Since then, Goofy made several regular appearances in most Mickey Mouse animations and has enjoyed star roles in Disney's cartoon shorts, films and television shows.
  • Some of his favorite onscreen roles have been starring in the How To cartoons, where he bumbled through his explanations, Goof Troop with his son Max and more recently in the popular series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He also appeared in numerous movies like Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Prince and the Pauper and Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers that have brought laughter and cheer to generations of Disney fans.

A coach to success
Life coach Shivani Singh believes in having clearly defined goals
Gurvinder Singh

She is a life coach, not merely a motivational speaker. And this is the qualification she has earned not through degrees, but by going through each ordeal of life. "Life coach is a mentor, counsellor and a teacher who tells you how to achieve your goals in life. It is a term more prevalent in the West," says life coach Shivani Singh, who defines success as living life the way you want to and achieving what you want to, without any compromises and constraints.

Having brought out her teachings in the form of a book titled "If you have dreams, Mind your own Business", her success mantra lies in having clearly defined goals. "Writing your goals and seeing them is crucial, as planning your life is one of the cornerstones of success. I am going to bring out another book in a few months - 'Think and Win'," she says.

She adds, "India is a young country, with most of the population being currently young. Millions pass out from colleges, but jobs are comparatively less. So training for success, learning to be enterprising, is paramount for utilizing the power of the youth because they are the future."

Shivani opines that entrepreneurship gives one time, financial independence, creative freedom and sense of ownership. "But before you start thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, there has to be a valid and emotional reason that anchors your mind." And for this, she has started an institution - Sams School of Success. "Reading books is extremely important. It gives you good exposure. It is also important to have someone as a business partner, as the person can motivate you during bad times and vice-versa," she advises.

And while turning into an entrepreneur, it is important to announce to friends and acquaintances your goals for the future so that you become answerable to them. "When making a transition from job to entrepreneurship, it is better to "burn your bridges" - leave the job, job options - so that you do not have the emotional cushion to fall back upon," she signs off.

star track
Song of freedom...
Composer Shamir Tandon generates awareness against piracy through his new song

Shamir Tandon
hard-hitting: Shamir Tandon

Shamir Tandon has come up with the first ever anti-piracy song. The multi-singer song, a one-of-a-kind initiative, is conceived and composed by noted composer Shamir Tandon, who has given music to famous soundtracks like national award winning Page 3, Corporate amongst others and who has over 150 advertising jingles to his credit.

You went from being the nerdy number crunching corporate to belting out tunes as a music composer. How has it been so far?

I have no regrets on my career move. There is one life we live. I am very happy that I have experienced both sides of the world - that of being a managing director and then a music director. I am grateful to the Almighty that I got to live both lives - that of a corporate and that of an artiste. The journey has been fun.

Do you think your experience as the head of operations, India Virgin-EMI Records, gives you an upper hand in the music industry as you understand the working and business much better?

I don’t think it’s about an upper hand. But surely it helps understanding the business more holistically. It gives a wider view of life in general and a broader perspective of a music biz.

What made you make Salaami Ho Jaye, considering piracy has been a problem in the music industry and cinema industry for a while now?

Having seen the entertainment industry from a managerial point of view and also as an artiste I thought it was the biggest menace to us and our existence. Hence I thought we should educate the youth of today. We should create awareness about piracy so that people realise importance of artistes and art.

Where do you think the Hindi film music stands in the international music circuit?

We are big. The whole world is looking at India. That’s what prompted my collaborations with Enrique Iglesias amongst others.

You and Madhur Bhandarkar seem to share a great working equation. Any plans of working on another movie again?

Yes. We are now more of friends and not just colleagues. We have done four films together Page 3, Corporate, Traffic Signal and Jail. We are just a phone call away from each other. And certainly work is on the cards together.

Who is the next international artiste you are keen on working with or are planning to work with?

Boy Blue was the first and more recent was Enrique. I am working with someone and will share soon when it materialises.

You are one of the few people from the industry who will not just work in your line of expertise, but are also work for the betterment of the music industry. Comment.

It will be good if we are able to contribute in any manner to the betterment of musical society.

Tell us about your future projects.

Projects will release in the latter part of this year. You will know them then. Work will speak for itself.

Playing the Casanova...

Shahid Kapoor
Shining bright: Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor’s favourite character Javed used shayari as pick-up lines.

Shahid Kapoor says it is the character of Javed in Kunal Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahaani which he found the most interesting to portray. 

“I have never played a character like Javed earlier. He is a little bit of Casanova. Whenever he sees a girl he starts flirting with her. It’s his inherent nature. He is very scruffy and has an uncombed look.  He keeps on doing shayari the whole day to impress girls. Shayaris are his pick-up lines and very often he does succeed in getting the girls with his shayari. He is not a sophisticated shayar and that is part of his charm.”

The most difficult part says Shahid was wearing the stud in his ear. “I don’t have my ears pierced in real life, so I wore a stud which was a clip on and it was so painful. I have started respecting women now. I thought it would be easy but after shoot every evening I would die to take it off as I used to have red ears,” he laughs.

He further adds, “Javed is a good-for- nothing guy who flirts with the every girl he meets. He later meets Aradhna, the character Priyanka Chopra is playing and discovers love for the first time. It’s a different and a new feeling for him and he doesn’t know what to do. He is confused. That is Javed in 1910. It was probably the funniest and naughtiest character of 1910 I have ever seen. I am very excited about this character and have received a lot of feedback. I had to memorise the shayaris also.”

Emraan wants a bigger Dhan Te Nan

Emraan Hashmi has always been known for his hit numbers and keeping this image in mind many directors go to the trouble of churning out good numbers for all his films. Recently T. Series Scion Bhushan Kumar also insisted on a romantic song to be added to the soundtrack of Dibakar Baneerjee’s Shanghai. Apparently, for Ek Thi Daayan, Emraan has now requested producer as well as the music director Vishal Bhardwaj to create a song for him that is bigger than Dhan Te Nan. Quiz Emraan about it and he says, “Yes, I want it bigger and hotter as I want to give Ek Thi Daayan the best chartbuster track of the year. I love the music Vishal gives as I find it very melodious and novel and I loved Dhan Te Nan song from Kaminey. In fact, I don’t know anyone who didn’t like the song! Vishal Bhardwaj has already been known for his chartbusters like Beedi Jalai Le, Dhan Te Nan and Ibne Batoota and incidentally is the music composer for this film. So, when Emraan and he came together for a film the expectations naturally ran high.

Shahid’s Wanted by Prabhu Deva!

Shahid Kapoor delivered such an outstanding and inspiring performance at a recent press conference held to announce an upcoming award function that he immediately bagged a role in the much awaited movie Wanted 2!

Prabhu Deva, the superstar dancer and director, who was present at the function, was highly impressed with the actor’s dance moves.

In fact, it was Shahid’s talent and personality that made Prabhu Deva sign Shahid up for his upcoming film Wanted 2!

Seems like the stars are shining on Shahid once again! Let’s see what he makes out of this wonderful opportunity!

Loss and gain

There was a strong buzz that Nana Patekar was approached to play the main villain opposite Aazaan-fame star Sachiin Joshi in Mumbai Mirror.

But sources reveal that Prakash Raj has been signed on for the pivotal role. The powerhouse performer, who happens to be the flavour of the year with Singham, is also very excited about his role in the film. And why not? After all the Jaykant Shikre of Singham will now get to play Shetty, the most dreaded character in Mumbai Mirror.

Chitrangda Singh Pairing up for IIFA

Chitrangda Singh has been paired up with Vicky Donor actor and former TV anchor Ayushmann Khurrana to host the IIFA Fashion Night. He is excited about it. This will be their first pairing together. Who knows if this might land them a movie together!
Co-Host: Chitrangda Singh

Will Smith’s ‘large’ concern
Will Smith feels that the 3D effect would make his already large features look larger on screen

Will Smith(right) and Josh Brolin in Men in Black
Comic agents: Will Smith(right) and Josh Brolin in Men in Black

The fans of Men in Black franchise often associate the film with one name—a rookie, rebel yet funny character played by Will Smith, that of Agent J. Now, that the third movie in the trilogy is back to entertain the audience, this character of J is sure to create buzz amongst the Indian fans of the actor.

Talking about the movie of Sony Picture’s which will be releasing in 3D all over India on May 25, Smith says, “I have to figure out how to articulate it but Men in Black is in 3D. It is supposed to be the movie that lives in that kind of world. It adds emotionally, it adds comically, it transports you in a way that some movies take you out of. It’s absolutely perfect. And it’s about Time travel, aliens, monsters and most importantly about the relationship between Agent J and K! With this film the relation between the two agents grows much stronger.” The third movie in the franchise returns after a gap of 10 long years and according to Smith it was the concept and the characters that needed this maturity period. “What we had to do was elevate the story, and the only way to do that is to go deeper, deeper into the characters, deeper into the revelations that the movie would reveal,” he adds. The powerful, iconic imagery created by the suit has been instilled in the minds of the audience as much as it has become a part of the actor’s life! “The seven-year-old boy in me comes running out when I put the black suit on.”

The film which releases on Friday will be Smith’s very first 3D movie. Smith expressed his concern over the fact that the 3D effect would make his already large features look larger on screen! Large or not, Smith is sure to be the only focal point of the movie as he takes a time jump to save the life of his only friend and partner Agent K and save the planet earth from the wrath of criminal alien Borris.

Josh Brolin who plays the character of young agent K was apprehensive initially about his acting out Tommy Lee Jones as K. But how does Smith rate him for it? Smith says, “There’s a certain rapport or repartee that you’ll develop with an actor and that becomes your timing, how you create. Josh had studied Tommy so well that there wasn’t a single missed beat when Josh came in. It was almost the identical chemistry, which is very difficult to come by.”

Critics have already predicted the movie to be yet another Blockbuster hit. But according to Smith the concept of Men in Black will stand out in the history of world cinema.

Kareena Kapoor Smoking Jane

Kareena Kapoor has been puffing away on the sets of Heroine. Don’t worry! She is just getting into the character for the movie. She also had to do cocaine and shout and cry her lungs and heart out for the film.

For a cause: Kareena Kapoor

Ethnic camouflage

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has not lost her baby weight because she is planning another baby. So she will wear Indian outfits such as anarkalis at the Cannes Film Festival. She has gone there with her mother, nanny, baby, stylists, and PR agent.

Pooja comes to Ash’s rescue

After Sonali Bendra, Lara Dutta and Sameera Reddy, it’s Pooja Bhatt to support Aishwarya Rai’s post pregnancy weight gain. The ex-Miss World has been receiving a lot flak from fashion pundits and fans for putting on extra kilos as she is making an appearance at the ongoing 56th Cannes for the 11th time. However, Bhatt supported Rai and said the debate about her weight is inane. “I find this debate about Aishwarya Rai’s weight inane. She is a gorgeous woman period. All the ugly people being malicious should take a hike!” she said.

Proud moments

Freida Pinto says she will always remember her origins. She is extremely proud to be at the Cannes Film Festival and having worked with many prominent directors and actors. She is promoting her film there.

Tangy summer

Kareena Kapoor is a big lemon lover. She loves having lemonade all day long, especially in the summer. She loves wearing the colour lime along with corals and orange and white. She makes it a point to do yoga and sleep enough and have plenty of water.

itsy bitsy
Going red in the faceShashank Vyas and Pratyusha Banerjee in Balika Vadhu

In Balika Vadhu, Dadisa (Surekha Sikri) wants Anandi (Pratyusha Banerjee) to hook up with Shiv (Siddharth Shukla) so when he comes for dinner, she will praise her so much that it will embarrass Anandi. While Jagya (Shashank Vyas) will be shown living in self-pity and make his life miserable with Gauri (Anjum Farooki).

Twists & Turns: Shashank Vyas and Pratyusha Banerjee in Balika Vadhu

A still from Diya Aur... Clearing the air

Soon misunderstandings between Sooraj (Anas Rashid) and Sandhya (Deepika Singh) in Diya Aur Baati Hum will be cleared.After realising that her bus has met with an accident, Sooraj will set out on search for Sandhya. Towards the end of the plot, both of them will confess to their love for each other

A still from Diya Aur...

new releases
Arjun: The Warrior Prince

Producer: UTV Motion Pictures
Director: Arnab Chaudhari

A still from Arjun: The Warrior Prince
A still from Arjun: The Warrior Prince

UTV Motion Pictures Production's Arjun: The Warrior Prince is the new addition to the summer festival of animation extravaganzas. Based on the mythological character Arjun from Mahabharata, the story follows the journey of nine-year-old Arjun and his transformation into a famous warrior.

The buzz is that it is an animated take on Indian mythology's most celebrated hero Arjun. First-time director from Darjeeling Arnab Chaudhari directs this UTV Motion Picture's ambitious project. This one is distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The producers are releasing this movie in Hindi and Tamil.

There are huge war scenes, — a lot of martial arts, — hand to hand fighting. The audio-visual presentation of this animated movie is top class. Ila Arun and KK Raina's theatre troupe have done the voices. Ila Arun has rendered her voice for Kunti's part and Vishnu Sharma has dubbed for Bhishma Pitamah's part.

Yeh Khula Aasman

Producer: Herrendra Aran
Director: Gitanjali Sinha

Yeh Khula Aasman promises to be a motivational family musical drama which stars Raghuveer Yadav, Yashpal Sharma, Raj Tandon, Anya Anand in the lead rules. The film revolves around a young intelligent boy going through an extremely challenging phase of life due to his academic failures.

The film is sure to be peppered with slice of life nuggets and loads of drama.

— Dharam Pal

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Be sure to take full advantage of the good opportunities, which come your way. Do not get into arguments with elders. Whatever it is that is looming over you, the fear is far greater than what will actually happen. Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36

TAURUS: Keep your spirits up by putting forward a cheerful face. Look at stocks, saving certificates you hold. Creativity shines. You are likely to attract basically happy and positive people with whom you can have fun. Tarot message: Don't waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 55

GEMINI:The card "Two of cups" promises many opportunities on financial fronts. Old people will have a comfortable night. Breeze through your chores early before any interruptions interfere with the beauty and ambience of your surroundings. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 32

CANCER: Tricky day if you are hoping for spectacular results. It would be best to keep new ideas under wraps. Talk to your partner and children, about the plans for the day. Tarot message: Wait a while everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 40

LEO: Secret meeting with influential people will go off particularly well. This bodes well for financial matters and makes it a good day to seek a loan. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 52

VIRGO: "The Queen of Cups" opens the door for a new job offer. Avoid making partnership deals. It will be a good day for introducing your beloved to your parents. Act on your insight, and then write down what has become apparent. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 58

LIBRA: A fine day for starting something new. Discussions behind closed doors could work out very well. Envy can be a problem, so get advice but keep your real plans under your hat. Tarot message: Feel good about yourself and prepare yourself for a mental battle. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 42

SCORPIO: Your card "Ten of Pentacles'' reveals that your saving plans are likely to get approval. An emotional mood can interfere with your judgments, so make sure you have all the facts first. Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need looking after. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 26

SAGITTARIUS: You draw "The Lovers" as such new attractions are likely to be serious. It's time to polish your good humour and seize the fortunate opportunities that are sure to emerge today. Tarot message: This is not a bad time to open up new doors that could lead you in a more lucrative direction. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 62

CAPRICORN: Venus, the lady of love, may bring happy news tonight. The demands of your ego are not likely to be so strong, giving you more sensitivity to the world around you. Be careful when it comes to lending money to a distant friend. Tarot message: Avoid gossip session at work place. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 44

AQUARIUS: You may be under some stress this morning. Do not attempt to get new plans going. Work in seclusion from your own house is possible. Work behind the scenes. Give yourself some breathing space. Tarot message: You can stabilise your financial situation if you make property investments. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60

PISCES: Argument with your spouse is possible. You will have to watch your temper if you want harmony at home. Give a little more attention to the creative side of your life. Go over your business accounts and loan repayments. Tarot message: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 30

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 25...

Your expenditure on your birthday may witness a sharp increase! You assist your friends who are facing challenges in life.

Issues of advancement, rewards and job satisfaction will come your way this year. Examine all the benefits you're getting, both intangible and financial. Seek the support of your work allies and you might be surprised by how they step up and assist you. The stars favour intuition and suggest the right ways to increase earnings. Take this occasion to bring forward projects you have desired for some time.

There is likelihood of many distractions like family get-togethers, marriage and travel that could upset their schedule. However, if you study with single-minded devotion and begin preparations for exams, you will be successful.

You appear to easily solve problems but may find that you are pulled down. Big gatherings may require additional spending, especially for entertaining or travel.

The employed will move higher up in the hierarchy and hold position of power and authority. Increase in salary is also indicated. Those working in financial institutions, multinational companies and IT sector will receive a major promotion.

Those of you who may have had complaints like arthritis, backache, asthma, angina and respiratory trouble will now recover normal health.

Romance starts and opens the door to a new experiment in love. Involve yourself in playing some sport as it is the secret of perpetual youth. You will make good money today- but try not to let it slip through your fingers. Those seeking emotional reassurances may find their elders coming to their aid. Love life could be little tough.

Mood: Strong and powerful. Compatible signs: Gemini, Libra Lucky colours: Mauve, purple. Lucky days: Friday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 5, 9, 16, 22, 40. Lucky gem: Turquoise - The Healing Gemstone. Lucky flower: Lily

Karan Johar (May 25, 1972 - Mumbai) ) film director, producer, and TV celebrity celebrates his birthday with you today. Son of late Yash Johar, he is one of the most successful young filmmakers in Bollywood. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Duplicate, Mohabbatein, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara and Om Shanti Om are some of his best films. Johar became the first Indian filmmaker to be a jury member in the Miss World competition, in Warsaw, Poland. stop this practice. His number 7 makes him more imaginative.

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