Legacy of a lifetime 
Whether as a blessing from the elders or a good omen, the tradition of passing the wedding trousseau items remains till date... 
Jasmine Singh

Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza

This would probably make for the news of the year; Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have finally shared their marriage date - October 16. And with it comes in another filler — Bebo will be wearing Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore’s sharara for the D-day!

Now this is how you make the in-laws happy. Whether you want to look at it as a blessing from the elders or a good omen, the tradition of passing trousseau dresses and items has always existed. Sania Mirza and Raveena Tandon looked gorgeous in their mother’s sarees on their wedding days. A dress or a jewellery item picked from the old trunk of the parents can be a fad or has more connotations to it…we explore through celebrity couples.

It’s a blessing

This television and film actor couple Manav Vij and Meher Vij married in Mumbai in 2009. This Punjabi boy had to finish his shoot first before the wedding! Nevertheless, there was something he was particular about. “My mother gave Meher her kada and vermillion box that she wore on her wedding,” says Manav. “Three years into the marriage, Mehar still wears the kada. It has been a blessing for both of us; it has brought us luck,” he adds.

Manav and Meher
Manav and Meher

Mark of a tradition

When television actor Amit Tandon married the love of his life Dr Ruby Tandon in 2007, he wanted to make her feel special. Amit’s mother made it possible by passing her traditional bangles to Ruby. “Today when I hear that Kareena Kapoor is wearing Sharmila Tagore’s sharara for the wedding, my wife and I can relate to it. I don’t know whether it brings good luck or not, but I am sure it makes our parents happy. Besides, it is always nice to see tradition being carried forward.”

Past & present

Actor Jatin Grewal tied the knot in 2010 with Carolina Bentacor Grewal at Kashipur (Uttarakhand). “My mother gave Carolina a necklace that she had worn on her wedding. It was a gesture wherein she wanted to connect the old and the new generation.”

Dress circle

Punjabi actor Nikhil Sandhu from Kapurthala married his school sweetheart Supriya in 2011 in Canada. It was Nikhil’s grandmother’s idea to gift Nikhil’s wife the wedding trousseau (salwar Kameez) that Nikhil’s mother wore on her engagement. “It was a simple suit, so Supriya wore it at our sangeet ceremony. She looked lovely and my mother could not hold her tears when she saw Supriya,” he says. In fact Nikhil sees this as a sweet gesture on his mother and wife’s part that would further strengthen their relationship.

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The Best Dressed Celebrity Brides of All Time

Kate Middleton

For her walk down the aisle, the new Duchess of Cambridge wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. "Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress," the Clarence House said.

Elizabeth Taylor

In 1950, Liz Taylor took her first trip (of seven) down the aisle, marrying hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton in a Hollywood ceremony. Her silk, basque-waisted gown cost a then-staggering $1500 (almost $14,000 in today's dollars).

Gwen Stefani

This Dior dip-dyed silk faille gown was created specifically for the singer's 2002 marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale, and it's a triumph of personal style-equal parts girlie and punk, just like the pop star herself.

Carolyn Bessette

Bessette asked close friend Narciso Rodriguez to design the gown she wore to marry John F. Kennedy Jr in 1996.


How to properly store your wedding dress

Wedding dresses can be hung up to be stored, but there are some steps you must take besides just putting it on a hanger and sticking it in the closet.

n It must be cleaned right away after the wedding depending on the material it's made of. It should either be laundered in a washing machine or dry-cleaned by a professional. n Once the dress has been cleaned, it should immediately be properly stored. If you choose to store it in a box, you should purchase one that is specially made of solid cardboard.

n If you want to hang your dress up instead, you should use a "dress shaper." A shaper can be inserted inside the dress. (Courtesy—Internet) 

Special on small screen 
Jasmine Singh

The last we saw her on the small screen, Mona Singh would flaunt her braces and her ill-fitted suits in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi (JJKN) before she transformed into a damsel. Years later, she transforms herself from ‘I-will-adjust-to-everything’ homemaker to a strong-willed independent woman. Mona takes on the television screen with Sony TV’s Kya Hua Tera Wada and you bet she has much to talk about the role.

“There was a long time between JJKN and Kya Hua Tera Wada, so thankfully I didn’t have to do similar kind of roles,” says Mona, who said yes to Kya Hua Tera Wada after listening to the narrative. “Ekta Kapoor is known to come up with woman-oriented roles in her serials. The narrative she gave me was so impressive that I said yes without listening to the script.” That’s what we call the K magic! “Indeed,” adds Mona. “In all the other serials you will see women crying because of injustice done to them in one form or the other, but Kya Hua Tera Wada is one serial where there is no endless sobbing. In fact, Mona (her on screen character name as well) stands for her rights and does not cry endlessly.”

Strong-willed Mona — which is why she could say ‘no’ to a number of roles that she was being offered in films after 3 Idiots. “I had a great time doing the movie. But surprisingly, I started getting similar kind of roles after that, mostly of a pregnant woman,” she bursts out laughing. Mona definitely had something else in mind. “I wanted to act, to perform, so I asked people to give me roles where I would get a chance to ‘act’.” She stresses on the last word.

“As I had not said goodbye to TV and wanted to balance both, I took up Kya Hua Tera Wada,” adds Mona. With television one cannot get too far as the word monotony seeps in? “I know this, and trust me I would be the first one to quit the serial if I feel monotony is setting in.

Jassi Jaisi finished in two years; I want that my current serial also meets a fruitful end. I would be scared if people were to ask me when the serial is going to end,” she bursts into another spell of infectious laugher! 

An ode to friendship
Upcoming Punjabi film Sirphire is a venture by a few friends on the theme of friendship. We catch up with the singer-turned-actor Preet Harpal to find out more

With Sirphire, not just another Punjabi singer makes his debut in acting but also has four other people in new roles. Harjit Singh Ricky is the first-time director; it is Gurpreet Singh Sidhu’s first movie as a producer, while Monika Bedi and Priyanshu Chatterjee take make a debut in the Punjabi film industry.

On the music launch of the movie on Wednesday, we got to know Preet Harpal better. A popular singer, writer Preet has given wings to his cherished dream of acting with Sirphire. Happy to have finally ‘arrived’, one could see him blush as the promo is aired. Aware and brash about his strengths as well as weaknesses, the singer who has given songs like BA Fail and Haq Di Kamayee shares his take with us.

On Sirphire: The movie is an entertainer that will connect with the youth. It’s the story of a few friends, their carefree college days and how a certain event changes their lives, making them responsible.

On acting: As a singer and performer, one faces the camera all the time. But, the first day was indeed difficult. I learnt a lot about acting and also other technicalities.

Diverse music: We have tried to cater to both urban and rural listener in Sirphire. I have sung three songs, the title track; Gabru and Gaani, which is my favourite track in the film. The item number Patang is by Sunidhi Chauhan. The music has been given by Jitender Shah.

Dual role: I am a singer first. It is shows that keep one busy, albums happen once in two years. If I put a little more hardwork, I think I can manage both acting and singing well.

Limited frame: I am aware of my limits. I can sing of Punjab not Kerala. Dance numbers are a necessity if I want to do live shows, but I try to give something different each time. The next I want to do is a sad song album all for myself!

Changing times: I sing light songs that connect more with the youth, which comprise a big chunk of listeners. So I always have to write keeping 20-year-olds in mind. Gone are the times of khu and charkhas. It is Facebook now and I am open to what comes next.

Bollywood debut: I have sung one song Tu hi tu for an upcoming Hindi movie. I did get a chance to collaborate earlier with Bollywood, but it didn’t work out due to my commitments abroad. I hope that with Sirphire, I can make some inroads. I am a die-hard fan of Kishore Kumar!

Together we can: I know it’s not in me to carry the burden of a whole film. With known names like Monika Bedi and Priyanshu Chatterjee, I think together we have done a good job. I am waiting for the audiences’ response, as that is the real test.

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True blue Punjabi
Vasudha Gupta

He is tall, dark and handsome; everything a mutiyaar from Punjab wants in a man! Standing 6’2” tall, Rajwinder Sumal, popularly known as Goldie, speaks at length about his role in the first-ever Punjabi sequel —Yarran Naal Bahanran 2.

Based on the run-of-the-mill story of a college time romance, the movie will stand out when the lovers will solve the family-related problems instead of running away from them. Revolving on budding love, action-packed sequences and of course some great music, the movie promises to be just another film. “The team for Yarran Naal Baharan 2 is the same,” he says.

The director of the film Samit Brar comes with a rich experience. “At the time of Yarran Naal Baharan, Samit was doing a course in directing from Hollywood, which is why the action sequences will have a dash of Hollywood,” adds Goldie. Having performed all the action scenes in the film on his own, the actor justifies why his pay for the film is only his blood and sweat.

The music has been created by UK-Based Rakesh Dhawan and celebrated voices of Sikander Sardool, Lehmber Hussainpuri and Nirmal Sidhu will be the highlight “I truly hope that unlike other Punjabi films, Yarran Naal Baharan will not be known only for the music but great acting and a strong script as well.” he says. With the focus of Punjabi films remaining mostly on music, the actor makes a valid statement. “Movies can have many singers but not too many actors. The point when the Punjabi audience will identify the difference between a good actor and a good singer will change a lot for the industry,” he adds.

From shooting action sequences with Vikramjit Virk, who recently shot to fame playing a negative role in South Indian blockbuster Casanova, Goldie has big dreams in his eyes. He wants there comes a point where he looks up from the screen and does not find an empty chair in the theatre! “That is something that I hope God will give me,” he smiles. From making a mark in modelling by bagging the Mr North title in 2002 and participation in Grasim Mr India, Rajwinder stepped into acting with Punjabi music videos. “Several people feel that Punjab is all about guns, women and power play, which is not true. Still girls listen to their parents and lovers follow their elders,” he says.

His next is a suspense thriller opposite Ashmit Patel, KK Menon and Kumar Gaurav. Definitely going places!

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Gyan Zone
Minimum on expectations

The film is an action drama which encapsulates the journey of two super cops (Sonu Sood and Naseeruddin Shah) and their struggle for power, maximum power. But they are not alone in this game. There are other players and conspirators as well who are moving at every level. The story is a narration through the layers of emotions, betrayals, and intense politics to an unpredictable climax.

Starring: Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah and Vinay Pathak.

Not well made

The story is quite predictable and moreover there are abrupt cuts in the movie. Sonu Sood as the male lead looks suave and has a good screen presence but the script does not work in his favour.

Richa Gulati, housewife

Good job

Naseeruddin Shah’s act is classy but is just an extended special appearance so there is no room for experiment. Vinay Pathak overcomes his comic impression by portraying a convincing politician.

Naunidh Singh, bank employee

Nothing original

It is just an average attempt because there is no originality. Neha Dhupia looks better off in her sarees. The music is just average and overall the movie is not worth watching.

The Amazing Spider-man

It is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt, his father's former partner. As Spider-man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan and Campbell Scott.

Old school

It has the same old story which gets a bit boring this time. Emma Stone plays the romantic lead better than Kristen Dunst. Andrew Garfield does not do justice to his role.

Vipul Khanna, student, PU

Can be skipped

If you don’t see this part you are not missing something very great. The first half is more interesting but the second half is rather dragged.

Sania Sethi, student, GGDSD College

Likable part

This part is way better in terms of the characters, their performances and the visual effects. I really liked Andrew’s role as Peter Parker. If you are a Spider-man comics fan you will love the movie.

Piyush Sharma, student, Khalsa College

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

Master Chef
Hot & spicy treat
Ajay Mathur


Roughly cut carrot and potatoes. Take oil in a pan. Sauté onion and garlic and add the vegetables. Sauté well. Add stock and let it boil.

Reduce the flame and simmer till reduced to 1/3rd. puree and strain the mixture. Boil scoop potato, potato balls and carrot balls and lightly toss in butter. Return the puree in the pan, season well and finish with cream.

Pour the soup hot into a soup bowl. Garnish the soup with scooped potato filled with carrot and potato ball and place a basil leaf on top.

(Mathur is Executive Chef at hotel KC Royal Park, Panchkula)

Ingredients Qty. Unit

Potato 200 gm

Carrot 100 gm

Onion 20 gm

Garlic 20 gm

Veg. stock 200 gm

Cream 20 ml

Oil 20 ml

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Scoop potato 40 gm

Potato balls 10 gm

Carrot balls 10 gm

Basil leaf 05 gm

it’s rocking
Sizzling number

The latest craze among the Bollywood music buffs is the song Aa Ante Amalapuram from the upcoming movie Maximum. The track is composed by Devi Sri Prasad of the Dhinka Chika (Ready) fame sung by Malathy and the lyrics are written by Raqeeb Alam.

Fun tune

The track is desi to the core and definitely has a rhythm and a pace which makes it catchy all over. It is a fun song with a touch of masala and I love the way Malathy sings with full energy.

Meenakshi Gupta, student, PU

Glamorous act

Hazel Keech looks very glamorous in the video and it is a dance track which will make you move for sure. I’m addicted to the song and I just enjoy listening to it over and over again.

Niki Kaur, student, GGDSD College

Standing out

Although the south Indian song is very famous but this Hindi version has different lyrics which makes it an interesting track. It has a different feel altogether.

Rahul Bhalla, student, Khalsa College

(As told to Sabia Talwar) 

the ‘in’ side
Book your shelf... 

For someone who loves books, my first priority was to design a bookshelf for myself that could not only store all my invaluable books and knick-knacks but also make a style statement. I believe that a book shelf should not be treated as a place to stack up books, but as a piece of art. Here is what you can do to transform your boring book shelves into an enviable display of what you are all about.

Clean out your shelves and start fresh. Organise your books by size or colour.

Avoid the public library or book shop look. Stack your books both vertically as well as horizontally for a more pleasing look. Make sure the bottom most shelf holds all the weight. Place all your heavy books there.

Now make groups and spread your books evenly all over your book shelf. Leave enough free space on each shelf for accessories, picture frames and your collectables.

If you do have some small books that are dwarfed on the shelves, set them far to the back of the shelf. In the space in front of these books arrange framed photos, decorative items or small potted plants.

Use books to prop up small items and add height. For example, a small curio or a box can be placed on a stack of books to add visual interest.

Depth can be created by zigzagging items on display instead of arranging them in a straight line.

Balance keeps book shelving displays uniform.  Symmetry achieves a more traditional style, while asymmetrical displays can be a bit more casual or arty.  Make sure to balance asymmetrical displays by creating similar visual weight of all objects

Create a focal point with one large object. This is more important if your decor style is contemporary.

Don’t forget the top of the shelf. You have the shelves filled and organised. But one of the most neglected area of a book shelf is the very top of it. Don’t leave it bare. Add plants, small picture frames or lamps to make the shelf look complete.

(Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based interior and landscape designer) 

Cop story
Gurjot Singh who stood third in the Punjab Police Services is a man of many talents 
Vasudha Gupta

Growing up is a part and parcel of everyone’s life. But growing up to secure the third rank in the Punjab Police Services and pledging to work for the benefit of society is something different. We find out what makes 24-year-old Gurjot Singh a go-getter and how he directs his life towards positive thoughts. From working in films, being active in theatre and topping all through his academic career, the young lad has a lot more to himself than just good looks.

Motivational factor

Ever since Gurjot came across the idea of Punjab Civil Services, the thought stuck in his mind and worked as a motivating factor. “I was always good in academics and watched my parents work effectively in their decision-making process,” he says. Right from friends to family, everyone contributed in their own little way towards his success in the recent PCS exams.

Feathers in cap

Not only was Gurjot the head boy of Gobindgarh Public School, he also topped his psychology honours course in Government College for Men, Sector 11 and in his Masters as well. Being a topper throughout, Gurjot also completed his diploma in journalism from Punjab University, also topping it. It was after this that Gurjot cleared the exam conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (which gives out only thirty fellowships to social sciences) and got a fellowship. Later, Gurjot completed a postgraduate diploma in professional counselling and psychotherapy. To cap it all, Gurjot has done several films and modelling assignments. “I have been an active part of theatre as well,” he says and shares the story of playing the role of a ‘sutradhar’ in Harpal Tiwana’s play Ek Akh ek Nazar. The young lad has also represented the state of Punjab at various carrom championships and connects with NGOs working for the cause of environment.

Strengths and weaknesses

“Unshakable faith in God and the capacity to endure as well as persevere,” he says. It was this very faith in God that guided Gurjot towards a Gurdwara after he cleared the PCS exam! He hopes to be one of those who will never turn anyone back. “No one who asks for anything should be disheartened,” he adds. As far as his weaknesses go, he finds it difficult to compromise. “Even if it is cooking, it has to be perfect,” he smiles.

Flipside of being an achiever

Gurjot believes that everyone has the exact 24 hours allotted to them during the day. “It depends from person to person how they manage to move it around and work towards what they truly want to achieve in life,” he says.

Words of wisdom

Ebaadat naal gal bandi hai, kise di ajj, kise di kal bandi hai, is the sound advice from this upcoming cop from Punjab! His words of wisdom come from the ideology of his parents, both of whom are doctors and the discussions that follow at meal times together.

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green thumb
Sun shield...
Satish Narula

We are all looking for respite from summer and so are the plants. We live indoors; they brave the outside assault of vagaries of weather.

The harsh summer sun leaves its marks on plants. The leaves show white patches that ultimately turn brown. There may also be complete leaf drying followed by twig die back. Such symptoms are very prominent in case of almost all the indoor plants that are even a little exposed to sun. In fruit trees, lemon is the first to show such a protest sign wherein the leaves bear white patches. The main stem in small plants shows cracking or burning spots or splitting as the canopy of the plant is not enough to protect it from direct sun. Those who whitewash the stem save it from such injuries that otherwise live with the plant all through. The damage to fruit as splitting is also visible in some cases. It is more so in lemon, litchi, mango and anar. There may be premature fruit drop in other citrus species plants too. The side of the fruit, especially that is directly in the direction of the sun may show burn signs or even become ‘watery’ and the fruit splits with

First few showers.

Do not be in a hurry to take the plants out once the rains start. Wait for a few days as the heat emitting from ground followed by sun may cause more damage to plants. When once it is pleasant outside, start moving the plants under the periphery of trees where they can get good light and showers. In cases where the limbs or even small twigs died or split, should be removed till the damage with the help of a secateur or saw. Do not use axe etc. The cut ends should also be smeared with some disinfectant if the cut is more than an inch wide. In case of shade loving plants, where due to stroke the damage is too much, try to multiply it taking cuttings so that you do not altogether lose a plant. The dead, mummified and split fruit should be removed as such fruits become a store and breeding house for insects and horde of fungi that may affect the healthy fruits.

Do not be in a hurry to plant fruit trees. The best time is during August September. There are more chances of mortality in case of early planting especially when the rain is followed by harsh sun.

(Narula is a senior PAU horticulturist)

Control summer damage

n It is better to give water at evening time

n In the pots give water at least thrice in one go.

n Make the basins below the trees as wide as possible, at least till the plant drip area as the roots are supposed to spread till that place

n Do hoeing once in a while as in the beds as well as plant basins as it breaks the capillaries that cause water loss from the soil.

star track
Bebo’s alternating looks

Kareena Kapoor Kareena Kapoor looks different every time she returns from a trip abroad. Earlier, she looked plump with a belly and now her cheeks look sunken and she doesn't even pout. She returned from Istanbul earlier this week with mother Babita. She was there to meet Saif on the sets of Race 2.

My daughter’s wedding

Dharmendra avoided being photographed at Esha Deol's wedding because he was not feeling well and he wanted his family members to be in the spotlight. He is delighted that she is getting married on June 29. It is a dream come true for him.

Fresh addition

Sonali Bendre has been signed on to play a role in Ekta Kapoor's sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. The film finally stars Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan and will go on floors soon. Imran Khan is paired with Sonakshi and is bulking up to look good with her.



Martial arts with Masumeh Makhija

Masumeh Makhija Model and actress Masumeh Makhija has been training in martial arts since she was a child. She shared some tips with her Australian hair-dresser which helped her fight back when someone tried to molest her when she was in Goa. Women need to know how to protect themselves from hooligans. We got Masumeh to share some self-defence tips with us.

1 The point is not how many times you hit; you have to make one punch count by striking in the right places. You must focus on the person's weakness.

2 It is important not to get frightened. You must try to be calm and quick. Focus on hitting him really hard at a sensitive area. If you hit haphazardly, then you will dissipate your energy and feel tired very quickly.

3 I believe that men and women are equal but we must all accept that men are physically stronger and bigger than women and act realistically. And once you deliver your blow, you must back off and move away from the scene.

4 Places to strike where it hurts are the middle of the nose because the person will be blinded; a strong knuckle punch must be delivered in the middle of the rib cage which will make him gasp for breath. If you hit him here, you will catch him off guard. The guy expects you to kick him in the groin, so keep it as a last resort and hit him in places where he doesn't expect.

5 If you are on your own and are likely to visit deserted areas, keep a pepper or mace spray handy. Even perfume or deodorant helps- spray it straight into his eyes. Also, don't visit deserted areas alone. Moreover, invest in self-defence or martial arts classes; kick-boxing is fun too. Also, if you are wearing a revealing outfit, it is important to cover up once you step out of the party. Be safe!—HRM



Loads in her kitty

Neha Dhupia Neha Dhupia is getting many endorsement offers such as for colas, shaving foams, bathroom fittings, and cell phones. She is taking them up. She has Maximum with Sonu Sood and two more films lined up for release.

Smart spender

Ekta Kapoor is spending crores on the sets of the songs of Kya Super Kool Hai Hum which stars Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma, and Sarah Jane Dias. So how much has she spent on the movie which is currently facing trouble at the Censor Board?

Raining money: Ekta Kapoor

Perfect face

Arjun Kapoor will play the Punjabi male lead in the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 2 States. The movie is produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala. He has signed on the dotted line because they think he is perfect for the role.



Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani tie the knot

Actress Esha Deol married businessman Bharat Takhtani in a traditional South Indian ceremony at the Iskon temple in the Juhu suburb here on Friday. Her mother, Hema Malini, says she is "very happy" for her daughter.

Bride Esha was glowing in a red lehenga made of three Kanjivaram saris and gold jewellery, while Bharat looked dapper in white sherwani with zardozi work. The wedding outfits were designed by Neeta Lulla.

The decor at the temple was simple yet beautiful. It was heavily decorated with flowers.

Hema said she will miss her daughter, adding, "It was a normal South Indian wedding, with just slight changes. I am very happy for Esha, she has found the right person. We all are very happy. I will miss her but she is going to be in Mumbai, so I am happy about that."

The dress code for women was Kanjivarm saris and Hema looked elegant in a orange-red hand woven six yard, which she teamed up with a green blouse and kept her hair neatly tied at the the back. Esha's dad and yesteryear star Dharmendra kept it simple - he chose to wear white kurta-pyjama.

The ceremony saw the presence of creme da la creme from filmdom as well as politicians and businessmen.

Amitabh Bachchan came with song Abhishek and said, "My best wishes to the married couple." Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala, who attened the wedding, looked evergreen in a purple and orange traditional sari and said that she would have "not missed the occasion".

"Hema is like a younger sister. The wedding has been done in a fabulous way. It is totally traditional. I am here only for Hema, we are like family," she added.

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's wife, Poonam Sinha, also came with her twin sons - Luv and Kush. She looked beautiful in a pink and golden sari.

Hema's niece and actress Madhoo is happy for her cousin and said: "I want to tell her that marriage in beautiful. Marriage is all about what you do for the other person, so you should never fall into any power struggle. She has gone into a good family and I wish her all the best."

Madhoo was wearing a golden and maroon sari.

Vinod Khanna, Manoj Kumar, Anu Malik, Esha's cousin Abhay Deol, Ramesh Sippy, Sandip Soparrkar and his wife Jesse Randhwa were also there to bless the couple.

Rani Mukerji, looking beautiful in a white sari with red embroidery, was among the guests and said: "I am here to wish Esha on her special day. All the best for her married life." The duo worked together in Yuva".

Fardeen Khan said he hopes that the couple should go to a nice place for honeymoon. "Lots of congratulations. I am very happy for her. I hope they go on a good honeymoon to get away from this heat."

Sahara's chief Subroto Roy, industrialist Mukesh Ambani's wife Neeta Ambani and Sunil Rane of Atharva Group of Institutes, who is a family friend, were among the other high profile guests.

Top notch Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders too attended the wedding. From Raj Purohit, Mumbai chief of BJP, to party president Nitin Gadkari to national vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi - were seen there.

The family will host a reception Saturday at a prominent five star hotel in the city. —IANS



Motherhood, a full time job: Shilpa

Shilpa Shetty Actress Shilpa Shetty, who recently gave birth to her baby boy Viaan, is busy performing her motherly duties. Says Shilpa, “My son keeps me busy. I don’t know how time has flown. I am sleep deprived and look like a zombie but Viaan is joy personified!” she says.

The actress says that being a mother is a full time job and saluted all moms. “Being a mother is a full time job! One has to be ready to give all hours a day to the baby or don't do it. It’s amazing how mothers do it all without any help,” she adds.

“I am glad that I have the luxury of time to take off but hats off to all those moms who multi-task home chores/work after a baby single handedly,” she adds.



Please don’t stop the music

Saif Ali Khan had to cancel the music launch of Cocktail because the Pakistani singers in the movie did not get a visa to come here for the event. The music by Pritam and others has taken the country by storm already!

Less for more

Veena Malik is more than happy to take off her clothes. After being linked with Mohd Asif, Ashmit Patel, she is now linked to her director Hemant Madhukar. She is promoting her movie by hanging out in teeny-tiny bikinis while he is wrapped up in a bathrobe.



Pinto to romance Christian Bale

Freida Pinto Indian actress Freida Pinto will be seen romancing Oscar-winner Christian Bale in Hollywood director Terrence Malick's next project Knight of Cups.

After Brad Pitt starrer The Tree of Life, Malick, will explore the theme of love and truth in the film, which has already gone on floors in Santa Monica.

Also starring Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, Knight of Cups is set to hit the big screen internationally in 2013.

Pinto, born in Mumbai, has been making strides in Hollywood since starring in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Pinto has successfully avoided being stereotyped in Hollywood by playing a variety of roles in movies like You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Immortals.

Bale, an Oscar-winning actor, is famous for his methodical approach to roles. He will be next seen in theatres in The Dark Knight Rises, the final triology of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga.

Malick, considered Hollywood's big foot for being extremely reclusive, has directed only five feature films in his four decade long career but his films are highly regarded.—PTI



Date of honour

This is a film about a story that became a legend, a story that is spoken about only in hushed whispers… a story that shook the very foundation of a dark world of intelligence and espionage… where there are shadows without faces. And where Governments fight shadow battles through soldiers of the unknown…But like all reports that come out of this uncertain world… nobody will ever confirm those events… This story is about an agent named Tiger…It may or may not have happened…

Yash Raj Films is pleased to announce the release date of one of the most anticipated releases of this year – Ek Tha Tiger. The film will release in theatres worldwide on August, 15, 2012.

It is directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra, Yash Raj Films’ 

chatter box
A dare-devil act

Parineeti Chopra and Karan Tacker Our spys at IIFA have been doing a good job, especially when it comes to watching celebs actions. Through them news flew in to us about the latest Ishaqzade girl, Parineeti Chopra.

Parineeti was spotted enjoying various rides with her friend Karan Tacker aka Viren from STAR Plus’s show Ek Hazaaron Me Meri Behna Hai during the IIFA Awards held in Singapore.

She was seen encouraging Karan to get onto the exciting rides with her but Karan stayed away due to his fear. Finally, daring Pariniti enjoyed the ride that too sitting in the first row of the scary ride alone.

On a Joyride: Parineeti Chopra and Karan Tacker



Fast and curious

Actors face challenges while portraying a character on screen. From doing dangerous stunts to wearing weird costumes to learning different languages, they do it all. In case of Gulki Joshi (Sugni) of Zee TV’s Phir Subah Hogi, it was learning how to drive a vehicle. One day, she was given a scene where she was required to become Anuj Sachdeva’s (Aditya Babu) driver. 

The director assumed that she knew how to drive and hence did not intimate her earlier. The news came as a bolt from the blue to Gulki who has never been behind the wheels.

The production team were all set to get a duplicate shoot the scene. But Gulki took it up as a challenge and asked to be trained to drive on the spot. In the show it was shown that Sugni learns to drive a car overnight. And, this actually happened in real life where Gulki learnt how to drive in the rocky terrain of Naigaon (outskirts of Mumbai). Gulki said, “I knew I had to learn driving at some point of time but I was too complacent. But, when I had to don the driver’s hat in the show, I had no option but to learn to drive if I wanted the scene to look authentic.



Gossip Girls

Shweta Tewari They say when two women meet they can chat non-stop and ditto is the case with the two leading ladies of Sony’s Parvarrish. Shweta Tiwari and Rupali Ganguly, who play sisters on the show, have taken their on-screen role too seriously. The duo spends all spare moments together. When they get any free time from shoot, they chat-up about anything under the sun. So much so that they have been nicknamed Gossip Girls on the sets.

Some Dostana this!

Nominated for the favourite television personality, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy, while hosting the Indian Telly Awards, airing on Colors, enjoyed their version of Dostana. They had a bet wherein if Ronit won, then Ram would kiss him while Ronit promised to give Ram a Jhappi if Ram won. As luck would have it, Ronit took away the award but with it, he also took Ram’s kiss with huge aplomb and drum roll in the background. Ram and Ronit continued their pappi-jhappi session until finally; they decided that the right person to shower their love on are their wives. 



A level up

After Zee’s Ram Milayi Jodi, Sara khan has shifted base and is now doing films. Gung ho about her projects, she talks to us about the same

What’s new on the work front?

I have two movies which I am very excited about.

So no more TV for you?

It isn’t like that. I won’t be really leaving one for the other. I want to grow as an actor and want to explore my talent. It all depends on what I get and where I get it. I want to do different and interesting work be it films or TV. If I get a great role tomorrow on TV, I will be more than happy to sign it.

What can you tell us about your film?

I can talk about one film Parivaar. It is a romantic comedy about a girl Meera in love with her husband Prem. It is a family oriented film yet with a different story. It has a Hum Aapke Hain Kaun feel. Ashmit Patel stars in the film.

For visibility do you feel actors need to do shows or ads?

It depends. I have been doing stage shows. I went to Dubai and Bangalore for shows. These shows are fun and they keep me in touch with my fans too.

What do you think about other TV actors who tried their luck in films but failed?

Everyone has their own destiny and to each his own. I am going to give acting in any medium my best.



Bags full of work

A very popular face on screen Karan Patel will soon be seen in the film Shoot Out At Wadala directed by Sanjay Gupta. Karan says he plays a hardcore Muslim sharp-shooter who is ruthless and will be seen wearing patched jeans and kurta along with a traditional muslim topi. And talking about his experience of working with John Abraham and Anil Kapoor he says he’s never worked with someone more professional than Anil Kapoor. Karan has two more Bollywood films lined up post Shootout at Wadala.

Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan (real name Elizabeth Anne Caplan) was born on June 30, 1982 in Los Angeles, California. She is an American actress, best known for her roles in the CBS show The Class, the popular movie Mean Girls and Cloverfield. During the years she appeared on many television shows and series. Some of the other movies where she played significant roles were American Dad and Crashing.

Astro turf
P. Khurrana

ARIES: Meetings and negotiations with employers, employees and consultants can be productive. In the afternoon you will concentrate on leisure activities. Imagination is important for artists. 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 won’t be unaware of surprises. It is a better period for working in familiar surroundings. If worried about health you should consider alternative therapies. Tarot message: At work don’t hold back anything from your employer. Lucky colour: Metallic grey. Magic number: 42 number: 59

GEMINI: Dedicate yourself to the one you love most. Answer business correspondence and pay your bills. Exciting new contracts emerge from chance encounters. It is a social day to rate the best of them. 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. A greater work load is likely to be placed upon shoulders. You may begin to feel rather tired latter in the day. Tarot message: Don’t make impulsive decisions in personal relationships. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 40

LEO: Today is a test of competence in your profession. Your performance is on public view. The day favours those of you now treading unfamiliar ground. 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 characters leave a mark on your life. Work and domestic duty follow the familiar pattern today. You will find it difficult to reach agreements with loved ones. Tarot message: You gain by being practical; don’t be emotional. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 25

LIBRA: Your lover may be dedicated to gathering your undivided attention whether you are in the mood or not. Employment affairs may be somewhat unsettled especially in the morning. Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Sky blue. Magic number: 28

SCORPIO: This abundance is not due to luck but all because of your hard-work. Long-term projects and contracts can be paying off handsomely. Mental work will be stimulating. Be cautious about whom you get involved with. Tarot message: You are advised to focus on professional changes. Lucky color: Deep red. Magic number: 32

SAGITTARIUS: It is a case of making hay while the sun shines. Relationships move to closer intimacy and deepening love. Once you have decided on a certain course of action stick to your guns. Tarot message: You have to push to succeed and your efforts will pay off. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 40

CAPRICORN: Turn on the charm and the world’s your oyster. Be sure to take full advantage of the good opportunity comes your way. Singles are in luck, and those with partners are back in saddle. 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. Enjoyment can be obtained in the company of the person dearest to you. 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. Do not neglect the daily grind by focusing on your partner. Do not let too many people in your plans. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 61

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 30...

Jupiter, the planet of success, sends beneficial influences to your sign. Ruled by Jupiter, the number three is sociable, friendly, kind, positive and optimistic. Those born under number three enjoy life and have a good sense of humour. Your birthday indicates that self-expression is necessary for your happiness. You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words. Your career will soon take a positive turn. Optimism will give you a full vision giving you enough self-confidence. Sentimentally, a negative time, your loved one will criticise you for incorrect behavior towards him or her and this will hurt your self-esteem.

July to December is a good period for harmony in which peace and success reign. If you wish to prosper and be lucky, you will have to maintain this state. Ask help from someone who is capable of stabilising this favorable situation.

There is a need to have a wise approach towards finances. Personal life will require your patience and control over your aggressive behaviour. Having better relationships with family and friends is the need of the hour. Jupiter’s presence means you will earn more and you will please new partners. If something isn’t going quite right, communicate with your partner to iron out your differences. You want to reach a goal but in order to do so you will have to trust a guide who will help you overcome obstacles. Initially, you will approach the subject innocently, after you have enough experience, you will be more aware on tackling the topic effectively. You might receive false information, which will make you tense. Don’t spend too much on entertainment or cosmetic improvement. Your extravagant lifestyle could cause tensions at home so avoid late nights and spending too much. Avoid sudden acquaintance as it could bring repentance. You’re keen to add to your material possessions when a partner would prefer to pay off existing debts. Life will be more meaningful if it is lived in balance. The part relating to your possessions is not as important as looking after your health and your relationships. Mood: Slightly burdened and trying to ignore it. Compatible signs: Scorpio, Pisces. Lucky colours: Deep red, Pink. Lucky days: Sunday and Monday. Lucky numbers: 5, 11, 17, 21, 22. Lucky Gem: Jasper, the balancing gemstone. Lucky flower: Zinnia.

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