Play hard
Don’t we know Hard Kaur loves to break conventions? She is at it again with her latest album, Play
Manpriya Singh

Hard Kaur
rap it up: Hard Kaur Photo: Manoj Mahajan

It’s not easy to keep pace with the acoustic experience that each conversation with Hard Kaur provides. “You have to know your music, your writing and diction to be able to rap well. It’s not easy.” Not easy keeping track either, lest, she meanders and slips into her own trajectory, “If a rickshawallah sings my song, I’m the happiest. At least now even they know what rap is.”

A genre that was nowhere when she started out as the sole female rapper, all the while putting up with raised brows and questioning looks. “I’ve crossed that stage of making my mother proud. I’ve done her proud and now I’m here to make myself happy. My last album was about struggles and my journey but this one is all about celebration.” Which is why her current album reads Party Loud All Year. Meanwhile, a custom clothing line for Hip-Hop awaits. “A lot of people and kids come up to me and say, where do we get your kind of clothes from?” On the launch of her latest album Play, at Kava, bringing you Hard Kaur and much more.

The album

As for her latest solo with the record label, there are seven tracks, including three remixes. “They say, it’s my comeback album. But I always question that where did I go? I was right here giving music to 35 Bollywood hits and doing all the dancing on the television shows.” But making music remains not just a parallel but a priority. “Every year, they invite me for Bigg Boss. They have me right there on the top of their list but what will I do there? You are not allowed to even take your I-Pod there, I’ll die without music. I think I’ll kill someone on the show and they know this.”

Her own kind of music, that she likes to connect with every once in a while. “Bollywood is fine, but cutting an album of your own and doing your own thing, is also equally important. I hope this inspires the other artists to cut their album, especially those who’ve stopped doing their own albums.”

The unplugged rapper

Breaking clichés comes naturally and she’s doing what she does best, ‘being herself.’ “Have you checked out that good looking turban clad usher at Marriott?” She adds, “I’ve dedicated an upcoming song to how beauty is in the mind.” Coming up is a track dedicated to cops in the movie Jatt and Juliet 2 and a couple of songs for Rush, her first ever Ganpati song for Remo D’Souza’s Any Body Can Dance. There is very little that remains to be done. Taking forward from her last movie Patiala House, “Acting was there in the list and I’ve done it and ticked it off. Now I’m interested in playing a villain and not those typical Bollywood heroine roles.” She’s in sync. “When I started making rap music, a lot of people would exclaim no end over the fact that I made African music. I live like a human being, I’m no less than a Chinese, an African…” We bet she’s much more.

Universal expression
Sadho Poetry Fest will present poetry from across the world

Jitendra Ramprakash
Jitendra Ramprakash Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Kunwar Narain’s poem rendered into a film by Norwegians Kari Khyve and Odveig Khyve, screened in Delhi wins the Viewers Choice Award…such are the ties built by Sadho Poetry Film Fest.

Curator of this fest, Jitendra Ramprakash (also founder of Sadho) left TV journalism 10 years back to pursue his dreams — poetry, driving and writing — and, he has been a happy man ever since. A poetry lover, especially of Bhakti poetry, this Chandigarh guy wished to connect more people to poetry and with Sadho, he is realising his dream.

From Vedas to Gurbani, India has a tradition of verses. Be it religion, medicine or maths, our sages have used poems as a medium to pass on the knowledge. It’s only now that modern life is losing touch with poetry. Sadho, a voluntary organisation aims to reverse that. And, it has been successful so far. Their three festivals in Delhi have met with rousing response. This fest has travelled to 15 cities so far. “And, nowhere the reception is less than enthusiastic,” offers Jitendra.

Poetry films have been made for years but have not reached the masses. And, Sadho for its fests has gathered some 177 films from 41 countries and six continents. “Poetry films, poetic films and poetry film discourses are part of the screenings,” says Jitendra.

These films make one question about life. Like the opening film of Sadho, Jungle. In a few minutes this one makes one realise how we have turned our lives into concrete jungles and its repercussions. “No poetry is good that does not offer a beacon of light when man finds self in total dark or inspires one to march ahead,” says Jitendra. Bhakti poems, especially Sufi, appeal him the most. In fact, the name Sadho is picked up from Kahat Kabir sun bhai sadho.

When not volunteering for Sadho, Jitendra lends his voice to documentary and commercials to earn a living. The free time is reserved for travelling and writing. “Chandigarh has given me two passions — poetry and driving,” says Jitendra, who continues to enjoy both. And, he is keen to bring poetry to more and more people. If you want to savour poetry from Austria, France, Germany, USA or UK, the films will be screened at 6:30 at Alliance Francaise-36 on Saturday!

Highway fun

Cinnamon, all-day dining restaurant at Park Plaza Chandigarh organises GT Road Festival. The Grand Trunk Road, the axis of the Indian subcontinent’s heavily populated north since the sixteenth century, was the brain child of Sher Shah Suri. Food Path: Cuisine along the Grand Trunk Road from Kabul to Kolkata presents a compelling and illustrated history of the road since its emergence as India’s first route for traders.

The festival will be a 17-day affair starting from November 26.

The treats range from cuisine from Kabul to the secrets of imperial of Delhi and Agra; sublime vegetarian repast of Bihar and the tantalising sweets of Bengal. GT Road is the best introduction to the fulsome flavours of India.

Average cost of meal for two Rs 1600.

Dance with us
A dance troupe from Russia is trying revive the age-old values through their performance 
Ashima Batish

It is a role reversal of sorts. The students have taken up the responsibility of teachers and vice- versa. As those who taught the world the significance of values like peace, unity and spirituality have forgotten it themselves; making re-learning a significant process. Members of the Divine Light Cultural Troupe from Russia have taken up the responsibility and will do so through their performance at the Brahma Kumaris Bhawan, Sector 33.

“We find it strange that people of India are now facing problems with issues which they had already resolved much before anyone else in the world. We have learnt a lot from India,” says Galina Levia, one of the troupe members, who will sing the tracks, I Love My India and Vande Mataram.

The theme of their programme is also India- specific, Unity in Diversity. “It is important for the people to understand that being united doesn’t imply uniformity in the thought process. When society happily accepts your point of view that brings in the actual unity,” adds Galina. They have been part of Brahma Kumari sect for the last 12 years and have performed the same programme over 40 times across India. “We bring changes in our performance depending on where we are performing,” says Irina Gelan, a dancer in the troupe. So when they visited Gujarat with the same message, they performed garba and now in Chandigarh, they are all set to perform bhangra and gidha. Owing it to their love for Bollywood, they don’t find any Indian form of dance really tough, “Because we have seen them all in different movies. We understand the art and culture of India and it interests us immensely.” The troupe before going on a performance spree in India has trained for four years in classical music and dance at the Bhartiya Kala Kendra, Delhi.

Back home in Russia, besides practising meditation at the Brahma Kumari Center there, they are successful in their own professions. If one is an economist, another one is a teacher. “People perceive that spirituality means devoting a lot of time to meditate, but the fact is that it helps you get better at whatever you do,” adds Maria Znilova.

Hope they are able to achieve their aim to make people understand the importance of human values once again.

Performance is on Saturday at the Brahm Kumaris Bhutan, Sector 33. 

We find it strange that people of India are now facing problems with issues which they had already resolved much before anyone else in the world. We have learnt a lot from India.

Smile(y) away!
Words are not always required for conversations. Emoticons, popularly known as smileys, can fit the bill now
Sabia Talwar

Smile, wink, big smile, angry, crying, surprised, lips are sealed, talk to the hand - are just a few examples of smileys that have stepped into the world of smart phones. And according to a recent study, women are twice as likely as men to use emoticons in text messages. The emoticons, which began as happy and sad faces, have developed into dozens of other expressions (literally anything one can think of conveying to someone else) and have become hugely popular in text messages and e-mails.

So does the fairer sex use more of emoticons? Says Ridihma Sharma, who works with a real estate company in Chandigarh, “Women being more expressive tend to use more smileys. I often talk to my friends using just the exhaustive list of emoticons on our Blackberry phones. Personally, I use more of them to let the other person know of my mood.”

One has heard and experienced it a lot of times that men don’t like to waste time! “Using smileys is a girl thing and I hate using them, but my friend balances that out and my chat list is full of smileys,” says Rajat Sahni, a Panjab University student.

Technology is advancing each day; while earlier one used to put a colon and a bracket for expressing something, now literally every expression has a smiley to boast of. “Earlier there were no options like these, but now look at the creativity of people - emoticons and that too animated ones are also available. Most of the times the display picture for my Blackberry messenger are these smileys, which communicate to people how my mood is,” adds Tarannum Verma, a bank employee.

Men and women are two opposite poles. Says Pipasa Sachdeva, “Females are emotional and men are practical and smileys have a whole area to explore in terms of what a woman wants to say non-verbally so emoticons are their best of friends nowadays.” So, the next time you fall short of words use emoticons.

Free flow
While danseuse Chitra Arvind believes in following the grammar of classical dance forms, she does not mind bending the rules when it comes to contemporary dance forms

Chitra Arvind Like any seven-year-old in a typical South Indian family, Chitra Arvind started learning Bharatanatyam along with her two sisters. While other two outgrew it soon, following dental science and costume designing, Chitra stayed loyal to her dance. In Chandigarh for a Pracheen Kala Kendra event, on Friday, Chitra shared what made dance her life…

“It was my father who made me see Anna Pavlova, a film based on the biography of the legendary Russian ballerina,” she recalls her early childhood impressions. “That inspiring film stirred me to discover different dance forms,” she says.

An opportunity to learn contemporary dance in London fulfilled her childhood dream at the age of 21 where she stayed on for seven years. “Those were the most productive years as I learnt and taught classical moves,” says Chitra.

Chitra led a hectic life--learning, teaching and travelling around the world. “Once that nomadic life got too much, I decided to come and settle down in Bangalore,” she shares. As artistic director of Rhythmotion Indian Classical & Contemporary Dance Company, she is enjoying herself as a teacher, choreographer and performing artiste presently.

“I have started to travel all over again,” says Chitra who has found the best of audience in London, Bangalore and Kolkata. “For any artiste viewers’ feedback is significant. And yes, we want to hear more than ‘you look lovely in this beautiful dress’. When audience walk up to you and appreciate the rare moves or catch the intricacies, that is what truly makes an artiste content,” she says.

While learning has been a smooth sailing for her, teaching comes with challenges. “One learns far more while teaching,” says Chitra who is happy adhering to the strict classical sets while teaching Bhartanatyam and kathak and making and breaking her own rules in contemporary dance forms.

She picks up inspiration from all around, her students as well as her guru Lalitha Srinivasan. The inspiration for the Flight from the Shadow which she recently choreographed came from a Chinese parable. She is immensely proud of Chalana, a dance festival which she organises pretty much on her own.

Get started
Sabia Talwar

World of Starters--Around the world with eighty starters is the festival which has just got kick-started at Café@JW, JW Marriott, Chandigarh. So while a regular buffet offers four starters, this festival offers 20 starters per day, which keep changing every day. Says Pallav Singhal, executive chef, “We wanted to give food connoisseurs a grand welcome with a variety of starters. There are starters which come from America, Middle- East, South-East Asia and Africa.”

For a memorable dining experience, one will be served with two mocktails which are a part of the buffet menu. “People love starters and half of the clients fill themselves up with starters only,” adds Pallav. But to make it clear, this festival is part of the buffet which also includes soups, salads, main course and desserts. Some of the starters will be served at the table, some will be cooked live at stations and some will be on the buffet tops. Although the price for the buffet has increased to Rs 1,050 plus taxes but it seems worth it.

There are a variety of options in vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian like bacon- wrapped sausages with a sun-flower dried mustard sauce, toasted pita bread with tatziki (a Greek dip) and hummus, Chinese chicken buns, steamed dimsums, larb gai (Thai salad filled in rice flour cups), paneer tikka, chicken tikka, gulnar mahi tikka (fish-based) and many more. “Healthy options are an increasing concern with the people nowadays, so we have tried to bring in more of grilled and steamed starters,” adds Pallav.

So make the most of your money and taste different recipes of the world.

On till November 15

Makeover magic

Ritu Kolentine giving the final touches to makeup
Ritu Kolentine giving the final touches to makeup

If you want to don Priyanka Chopra’s blunt hair style or have Bipasha Basu’s cat eyes, Cleopatra Day Spa has Bollywood Makeover Mania on…

As expert Ritu Kolentine wields her brush, Sophia is turned from a regular North-eastern girl to Barbie doll. “Make-up is all about accentuating your best feature and contouring the ones that are not,” she offers.

With festive season on, Cleopatra is offering to turn you into the diva that you always wanted to be. “Everyone wants to reinvent self but the high cost makes one hesitant,” says Rich Agarwal, proprietor, Cleopatra. With Bollywood Makeover Mania on, the first five lucky ones get it complimentary, the others can have it for Rs 550 only. What’s more, they also offer tips on what goes best with one’s looks and what dress gels with a particular makeup.

While Kareena Kapoor’s straight hair look is what girls are hankering for, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit and Bipasha Basu are popular too. For Richa, as a beauty expert, it’s Karisma Kapoor who inspires. “From the very raw look with broad eyebrows, she has turned into stylish diva over the period of time,” she says. “Priyanka inspires too with her versatility,” she adds. So, who do you wanna be like?

first-day-first show
Not a great rebellion

Abhay Deol In Chakravyuh Chakravyuh
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Om Puri

Chakravyuh is the story of two best friends, Adil (Arjun Rampal) and Kabir (Abhay Deol). There is a war raging in India. A war whose end can't be seen. A war that isn't being waged by outsiders. The enemy is our own! The youth of the country are rebelling-- against injustice, against tyranny, against exploitation. Inequality will not be tolerated forever. There is anger, and there is deep social unrest. Our own countrymen are locked in the bloodiest armed mutiny this country has ever seen.

Chakravyuh is the story of six extraordinary characters, each with an all-consuming dream and a promise… a promise they will uphold above everything else.

Flop show

I had a lot of expectations from the movie, but neither the storyline nor the acting could match up to that. Arjun Rampal carries the same expression throughout the movie. Despite playing the role of a cop, he doesn't emote the kind of aggression that he should.

Alfaaz Zahur, employee.

Fails to impress

Stories that revolve around struggle or uprising are generally liked by the audience. Chakravuyh, however, doesn't leave with any goose bumps or a hard-hitting message. Only Arjun Rampal fares well, Abhay Deol looks completely out of place.

Niharika Dixit, student

Ajab Gazabb Love Story

	A still from Ajab Gazabb LoveCast: Arjun Rampal, Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah and Kirron Kher.

Heir to a billion-dollar automobile empire, Rajveer Grewal has it all, a loving family, riches of the world, and a dream job designing cars. He falls head-over-heels in love with Madhuri, who is a strong advocate of social justice and equality. To his dismay, Rajveer learns that she 'hates' all rich people and will have nothing to do with a rich boy like himself. In a sweeping stance of romance, Rajveer decides to give it all up and pretend to be the 'poorest of the poor' in order to win her affection and love.

Worth a watch

Jackky Bhagnani looks handsome, he dances well, but when it comes to acting, he needs to work on it. Ajab Gazabb Love has nothing outstanding in the movie. It is nevertheless a good one-time watch."

Amit Singh, agriculturist

Good music

Kirron Kher and Arshad Warsi add a lot of funny moments to the film. The songs are picturised nicely, and Dhoom is quite a foot-tapping song. There is nothing new in the film.

Amrita Puri, student

star track
The festive and party season is on and everyone feels like celebrating and dancing. You don't have to go to a fancy club or dandiya night to dance. You can have a party at home with these foot-tapping songs that are guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor! We gave you a list last week and here are some more songs that cater to a variety of audiences!
Have feet, will dance

Anushka Sharma & Ranveer Singh in Ainvayi Ainvayi Happy go lucky
Ainvayi Ainvayi from Band Baaja Baaraat
Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh created magic in this highly energetic song that gets your entire body moving as you do the signature step with all your friends. People still laugh while dancing to this song because the conversational lyrics are quite funny. Another classic for a wedding function.

Wedding album: Anushka Sharma & Ranveer Singh in Ainvayi Ainvayi

Power packed
Angrezi Beat by Gippy Grewal feat.
Honey Singh
This is one addictive song and it makes you dance automatically! The Punjabi track marks the smashing entry of Deepika Padukone in Cocktail. Every time it plays, it creates an explosion on the dance floor.

A step from the song Mashallah A girl thing
Mashallah from Ek Tha Tiger:
Katrina Kaif looked super hot and totally nailed the belly dancing moves in this number. This groovy number is great for girls to let their feminine side shine. They can show off their toned mid-riffs.

Belle dancing: A step from the song Mashallah

On the console
Tumhi Ho Bandhu from Cocktail
Cocktail owes a chunk of its success to its music and this peppy song is a universal favourite. Girls love it in particular because it is so upbeat and they like doing Diana Penty's hand-eye moves.



Blink and miss

Credit card: Esha Gupta Esha Gupta wanted to be credited with a special appearance in Chakravyuh but her name comes in the main titles. If you see the movie, you will know. She is barely there in it.

A meeting in Mecca

Aamir Khan, who is on a 14-day Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, met up with Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi during a prayer meet.

The 47-year-old actor, who finished shooting for the Chicago schedule of Dhoom 3 recently, flew down to Mumbai for the music release of his upcoming film Talaash, before taking off for Haj. His mother Zeenat is accompanying him. Apart from Afridi, Aamir also met other former Pakistani cricketers like Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq and Maulana Tariq Jameel, a well known Islamic scholar from Pakistan.

The editor’s note

Shirish Kunder may be a bad director but he is a good editor. He is looking for assistant editors so people who are interested ought to contact him via social media.

The hardest part is to seduce on screen: Neha
Actress Neha Dhupia, who will be next seen in Rush, admits to not being comfortable playing bold roles on screen

Neha Dhupia Actress Neha Dhupia, who will next be seen in Rush, opposite Emraan Hashmi, as a scheming media tycoon, says playing a seductress onscreen is not easy.

Dhupia has portrayed bold avatars in films like Julie and Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Rush, directed by late Shamim Desai, released recently. "People say that it must be easy for me to play someone who is ultra glam. However, the hardest part is to seduce on screen. You have to pretend it but make it look real for the audience. It is ironical," says Dhupia.

The film is a journey of Sam (Emraan) who, as an earnest and sincere journalist, wants to bring the right news across to people. However, the core philosophy of the media house where he is employed is to report on sensational news. She is hopeful that Emraan's presence in the film would make a huge difference to its fate at the box office. "You see a different Emraan in the film. Moreover, he is at the best phase of his career and life. We should have a winner in hands," says Neha. —PTI

Camera shy:
 Neha Dhupia

A Christmas to remember

Tom Cruise Hollywood star Tom Cruise will reportedly spend Christmas with his six-year-old daughter, Suri after taking a break from his hectic schedule. The 50-year-old actor, who got divorced from Suri's mother Katie Holmes, is now filming All You Need Is Kill but Cruise is planning to fly to Britain to celebrate Christmas with his daughter, reported a publication online.

The father-daughter duo was last seen in Disney World, Florida in July. The pair were pictured frolicking in the waves at the Typhoon Lagoon at the family resort.

Cruise will reportedly rent a house in the Lake District or Scotland, to enjoy a fun family Christmas. His two children Conor and Isabella, from his marriage to Nicole Kidman are likely to join him. The actor is making the most of his single status and has been spotted in London multiple times in recent weeks with celebrity friends including R&B star Usher, director Ridley Scott, actors Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Cruise has filed a USD 50 million defamation lawsuit against a magazine for its articles claiming that the actor abandoned his daughter Suri after divorce. —PTI

Twin treat

 Fardeen Khan with wife Natasha Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan and his wife of almost seven years Natasha Madhwani are expecting twins.

The 38-year-old actor took to Twitter to announce the news and said that the would-be mother is healthy and doing fine.

"I am delighted to announce that my wife is a very healthy 13 weeks pregnant and we are expecting twins. Regards, FK," Fardeen posted. "Thank you all. Lots of love and luck to you too," he added. Fardeen married Natasha, yesteryear actress Mumtaz's daughter, in December 2005. The actor was last seen in 2010 film Dulha Mil Gaya. — PTI

Enter, the newcomers!

Stars of Student of The Year The leading newcomers of Student of The Year have taken the nation by storm. The film also stars some other fresh faces like Kayoze Irani and Sana Saeed. Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra, and Varun Dhawan talk about their new-found success.

Bigger and better

Here’s what Alia Bhatt has to say, “I checked the box office numbers before 
celebrating. My uncle Mukesh Bhatt keeps me clued into these things and tells me everything. I love the box office collections of the movie; they speak for themselves. I am so happy I got this movie and I went through the grind: look tests, photoshoots, weight loss, and the like. Only an idiot would turn a Karan Johar movie down. I have changed so much after doing this. I am glad I have my own identity now besides being Mahesh Bhatt's daughter and Pooja Bhatt's sister. Life is good!”

Picture perfect

This is what Siddharth Malhotra has to say, “People are recognising me on the streets and talking about me. They also want pictures. This is new and it feels good. Varun Dhawan and Karan Johar are my friends now.”

In the limelight

Varun Dhawan is getting used to all the praise and credit. “I am so thrilled and happy with the response to the movie. Amitabh Bachchan spoke to me and even tweeted praising me. It is such an honour. Even critics mentioned my name. Even Yash Chopraji saw the movie and liked it. We feel so blessed. I feel the real hero of the film is Karan Johar.”

Kylie Minogue performs for Prince Charles

Kylie Minogue Singer Kylie Minogue has performed for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to mark the couple's diamond jubilee tour, which begins next month.

The royal couple will visit Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand and the high profile figures from the three nations are also invited to the event.

The 44-year-old Australian singer, who now lives in London, believes the country will offer the royals a "warm welcome" when they tour, reported a publication online.

"I hope she has a beautiful warm welcome. I know that they will both enjoy the hospitality that Australia offers. I'm sure, currently at the other end of the earth, they are planning the best time for them. I hope they enjoy it," she said.

The 200 guests that attended Minogue’s performance included comedian Barry Humphreys, broadcaster and musician Rolf Harris and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood. —PTI

Return of the native

Asha Bhosle After losing her daughter Varsha and dear friend Yash Chopra, singer Asha Bhosle has returned to family house in Goa where she is taking a few days off.

"I've returned home to my father’s birthplace where it all began. It's peaceful here. I'm in Goa. Thank you for all your support," she updated on Twitter. The singer's daughter committed suicide by shooting herself at her Peddar Road residence, this month. She was 56.

Name game

Robert Pattinson has revealed that he hates being called R-Patz, insisting that he wants to “break the hands” of the person who came up with the moniker. The Twilight heartthrob has been known by the nickname for several years, but he has never liked it.

“I’d like to break the hands and mouth of the person who came up with it,” he said. — ANI

In memory of…

Yash Chopra had to shoot a song in Switzerland in Jab Tak Hai Jaan. That song has now been dropped and the team will come up with a way to pay tribute to the legendary director.

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Change of track

Karan Tacker In Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, the story will soon focus on the romance angle. Karan Tacker is happy with the change.

Post the marriage of Maanvi (Niaa Sharma) and Virat (Kushal Tandon), things will be on the lighter side. Next in focus will be Swamini (Seema Kapoor) and her relationship with the two daughter-in-laws. 

Rajat’s tryst with history

Ekta Kapoor has cast Rajat Tokas in her new and ambitious show Jodha Akbar. After Balaji’s Tere Liye, it will be his second show with the production. He earlier did the historical Prithviraj Chauhan and now will play Emperor Akbar. Paridhi Sharma, from Ruk Jaana Nahin will play his Jodha.

Wrap up time

The cast of Ek Doosre Se... Buzz is that JD Majethia's Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyar Hum will to go off air as Star Plus plans to launch their new show Khamoshiyaan at 7.30. Dil Mill Gaye star Mohit Sehgal stars in the show which is tipped to be a love story.

The cast of Ek Doosre Se...

Antakshari is back

Anu Kapoor will soon be back on TV with his popular musical show Antakshari on Zee TV. In a built up to Zee Rishtey Awards, one single episode of Antakshari will air next weekend. Rati Pandey, Ankita Lokhande, Kinshuk Mahajan among others will participate in the same.

Tina has a reason to worry

Tina Dutta With Tapasya (Rashmi Desai) returning to Uttaran soon, buzz is that Tina Dutta is feeling insecure. The show before taking a generation leap had both of them. Rashmi made an exit after it and Tina got all the limelight. Now once she returns, the focus will not be on Tina’s double role of Meethi and Ichcha but on Ichcha-Tapasya and Veer.



shifting focus: Tina Dutta

Guest appearance

The team of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Preity Zinta Pandit Jasraj and Preity Zinta will make an appearance this weekend on Hero Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Preity was a celebrity guest. She was on the show to promote her upcoming movie Ishkq In Paris while Pandit Jasraj was the Mahaguru for the week. 

The mentors - Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid-Wajid and Rahul Ram gave Preity a grand welcome singing Pretty Woman as she entered the stage whereas Pandit Jasraj was welcomed by anchor Javed Ali by touching his feet in reverence. Pandit Jasraj was very impressed by the fact that Madhuri’s in laws and her husband takes a keen interest in her singing.

After her rendition of Lata Mangeshkar’s Airi Pawan, Panditji commented, “The support of your family is visible in your singing.” Mahaguru made everyone give a standing ovation to Mohd. Amaan after his mind blowing performance on the classical song Bhor Bhayi. According to Panditji, Amaan sang like a machine gun. And Preity was floored by the riveting performances by the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012 top 15 contestants.

She specially liked Jasraj Joshi’s rocking performance on the song Aafton Ke Parindey from the movie Ishaqzaade. After Shehnaaz’s performance Preity requested Sajid-Wajid to sing a song for her from her upcoming movie. Wajid Ali got a standing ovation and all appreciated the composition for which he had lent his voice in the film. Ludhiana’s Arshpreet Kaur made Preity tap her foot with her energetic performance on Main tere peeche reh gayi. “You sang like a heroine! Tussi Cha Gaye Ho,” said Preity in absolute awe.

Astro turf
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ARIES: The Six of Wands brings a gracious and aesthetic influence in your life. Singles should be cautious about new relationships as they could be disappointed with the outcome. Tarot message: Don’t reveal your plans to your competitors. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 27

TAURUS: You draw the Two of Wands to invoke mental power and intelligence to achieve professional goals. Work will be smooth sailing and your analysis of current projects will be appreciated. Tarot message: You shall prevent a lot of trouble by taking timely action. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 35

GEMINI: You are awakened and energised by fiery Knight of Wands. Your innovative ideas will gain recognition if you present them properly. Romantic relationships can benefit from honest communication. Tarot message: Don’t reveal your plan of action to anyone. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27

CANCER: The Ace of Pentacles leads to actualisation of personal and professional plans. You may be restless and could be contemplating making changes to your routine but you need to spend time to define those changes. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Lucky colour: Jade. Magic number: 29

LEO: The Lovers inspire you with love and creativity today. If you have spent time finalising the details of your pet projects, now is the time to implement. Romantic relationships can be intense. Tarot message: Make compromises outside and come to terms within yourself. Lucky colour: Golden yellow. Magic number: 46

VIRGO: Two of Wands brings luck. You may be in an irritable mood and could react aggressively when faced with dissenting views. Chance encounters will lead to interesting opportunities. Tarot message: Take one step at a time and avoid being hurried or over anxious. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 55

LIBRA: You draw The Ace of Wands which puts you through a touching and transforming personal experience. Caring conversation and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 26

SCORPIO: The Priestess infuses pure and exalted influences in your life. Applying for a dream job? You might just get it with your track record and qualifications. Your love life will be good. Tarot message: Do not expect too much from others. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 52

SAGITTARIUS: The Wheel of Fortune spins in some good fortune. You may be unable to concentrate on your tasks at work.

Avoid making important business decisions. Tarot message: Lack of confidence or lack of caution can leave you in losses; so be confident. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 43

CAPRICORN: You card The Strength gives you self-esteem and a good feeling about yourself. Work will be smooth-sailing and your ability to get things done will be appreciated by colleagues. Tarot message: Don't make hasty decisions as it could lead to waste of time and money. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 41

AQUARIUS: Your card Judgment is reversed, so be careful not to let public opinion go against you. You will be enthusiastic about developments at work but take the time to listen to colleagues. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Bottle green. Magic number: 32

PISCES: The card of The Magician brings a day of change and mutation, whether you want it or not. You may be feeling irritable and restless and could lose your temper very fast. Tarot message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange which can be put to profitable use. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 44

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is October 27...

There will be times when it seems as though someone is looking after you, even if you can't see them. Is this your guardian angel? You'll feel protected and safe, but don't use this as an excuse to do anything foolhardy or underhand, especially if large sums of money are at stake. You can't afford to take too many risks.

A surge of optimism and enthusiasm sweeps through your life, filling you with increased vitality and dynamism. This will help you to get many new schemes started and it will also give you more confidence. In fact, your world is going to expand in many different ways.

A close relationship will blossom in all sorts of enriching and rewarding ways. Pay more attention to your health and general well-being. You might decide to increase the amount of exercise you do every day, or adopt a health regime that's designed to lead to the birth of a brand-new you.

You might want to keep a piece of info to yourself, just until you get a chance to think it through. You'll be highly stimulating, winning over your co-workers with your banter. However, try not to talk too much. Those born after 1980, thanks to a co-workers' support, will manage to do well.

Why do you need proof of what you always knew to be true? Trust your hunches! Do not listen to so-called experts with little knowledge of the situation. Any road you take will be educational. Pay attention to the obvious signs. If you ignore warnings, you will have no one but yourself to blame.

Some of you may start an exciting relationship. Proposal will come from a known source. Letter you wrote recently will get the job done. You may purchase another car for a family member.

Friends may have needs that are in 'conflict' with your own and being at odds or having to make a choice of doing one thing against another would be typical. Worst thing you can do is 'get between' two friends. Making choices is hard enough. But as for he said/she said: Stay out!

Those who have just recovered from a spell of viral or dengue, are required to be cautious regarding their health. A relapse now might prove troublesome for you. And do take good care about you diet. Instead of pushing hard for romance, take time to carefully untangle knots of confusion to ensure a favourable outcome. Mood: Quick, excellent at solving but best spent 'on your own' agenda Compatible signs: Aquarius, Cancer Lucky colours: Navy blue and grey Lucky days: Sunday and Monday. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 11, 19, 55

Anuradha Paudwal (October 27,1954) has been one of the leading playback singers to challenge the monopoly of the Mangeshkar singers with a spate of successes in the Hindi playback industry. She is also popular for bhajans. The negative combination of Rahu-Venus brought storm in her married life. She will continue for a long time in music world.

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