People’s person
Activist filmmaker Surya Shakar Dash brings his films that represent unheard voices of people locked in struggle with authorities

Camera has been instrumental to Surya Shankar Dash’s life. Only when he realised its true power, his life changed for good. Surya gave up his Levi’s jeans and Woodland shoes to follow a frugal life. Abandoning the material pleasures has not been painful for Surya for he was too happy to let go the comforts and jump into the process — a process that he names ‘propaganda for the people’.

Surya was just another copywriter selling chocolates. Working in as many as eight agencies, he could not relate to any. While working on a film he happened to visit KBK (Kalahandi Balangir Koraput) zone that he faced stark reality. “After a tribal dance performance, I could sense some discomfort between the group of girls and officers present. The camera in my hand ensured all those present behaved well and nothing untoward happened,” recalls Surya, in City Beautiful for Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle’s Sunday with Director.

The quest to find out what made a village push its girls into such situations made Surya realise the sad plight of KBK people, “That particular village was displaced as many as eight times, sometimes for hydel projects or for factories, leaving its people with no means of livelihood.”

This face of his own state (Surya lived in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in his growing years), he took upon himself to be the voice of reality. His quest to make one documentary film (that he is still working on) yielded some 35 short documentaries and six long documentaries. Aimed at common people in their local language, the films are all about ‘jal, jungle and jameen’ and how these are being appropriated by capitalists and policy makers.

His movies have not only stirred people, both inside and outside Orissa, but also been instrumental in framing, implementing decisions pertaining to environment. His work has got Surya some undue attention. His camera’s been snatched, he’s been pushed around but this activist filmmaker is determined to make films that bring up the fight the villagers and tribesmen have carried on for years. “Ganwar is such misleading term for villagers. The wisdom, the strength and resolve of these very villagers is worth emulating,” he says.

His journey has taught him many lessons. “I no longer act as a knight in the shining armour trying to single-handedly stop all the atrocities but shoot, for that is my work. Sometimes I am the only man documenting the event,” says Surya. The strength of the poorest of the poor people standing for their cause keeps him going. “Also, I have found steady support in my wife Gunjan,” he shares.

He questions the so-called-development that has played havoc with rich tribal and village life as much as NGOs for their dubious roles. Surya is no more the tough guy he thought himself to be. Reality has overwhelmed him more than once. “I have locked myself up and cried,” he admits but is certain to continue the journey he has undertaken. “For it’s my land that’s being destroyed, my people displaced and my rivers polluted,” he utters…

You can see Surya’s films Niyamgiri – The Moutain of Law, The Lament of Niyamraja, The Real Face of Vedanta, The Last mango Season and more at Lajpat Rai Bhawan-15 on Sunday from 4 to 8:30pm

Music to the eye
Sweet and successful DJs, Nina Shah & Malika Haydon, are ready to rock the city party scene
Jasmine Singh

(L-R) Malika Haydon and Nina Shah
sound bytes: (L-R) Malika Haydon and Nina Shah Photo: Nitin Mittal

Almost a minute and a half, it takes this time to zero down on the fact that the two pretty, nay hot girls, walking towards us are no actresses. They are the Deejays, models in their own right.

They chuckle, a sweet naughtiness in their eyes. Nina Shah and Malika Haydon carry an air of freshness and peppiness. In Chandigarh to play at Blue Blazer in association with Grey Goose Bacardi , The Wicked White Party the girls make for a sweet sight to watch and to hear.

The two together make The Electroverts, which is a perfect blend of east meets west. This DJ- duo are now based in Mumbai after their successful stint in Australia.

Born to British (Nina) and Australian (Malika) mothers and Indian fathers, this DJ-duo sits easy under a set of music influences. Malika Haydon is coming to Chandigarh for the first time and it’s commercial with electronic that she, along with Nina, would be playing for the audiences. “We usually don’t do that. We have been requested to play something that people understand,” she says as a matter of fact.

Well, with music freaks and non-music ones getting to understand what music comes out from psychedelic or house tracks, it is not the genre that will be a problem here! It’s the pretty girl DJs that can raise the temperature of the party. They both look at each other. They are probably used to the question, and something they know they can beautifully pull off. Malika takes the lead, “I think we are talking about a combination of both looks and music. In the end though, it is only about music. People come to listen to music and they get that.”

Signed up by a major label player Air Snare Recs, The Electroverts zoomed into the major league of dance floor favourites around India and globally. Discovered by Brian Fernandes (aka DJ Bioroid Brian) of Air Snare Recs, Nina and Malika are now one of the most sought-after DJ duo in the country, boasting of gigs all over India, Bahrain, London. “We have performed all over India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Europe and Australia. We have been playing electronic and dance music, it’s kind of obsession with us.”

Stylish divas, Nina and Malika have got all kinds of reactions from their community as well. As Malika puts it across, “Girls can be good DJs, we have heard this many times from other fellows. Once they listen what we play, we bet they don’t have any reason to complain.” Enough to get the party pumping!

Festival bonanza

It is the season of celebration and entertainment at DLF City Centre as it has rolled out its Diwali Celebration, Festival of Lights focused on shopping, fun and indulgence.

With peacock being the main theme of the Décor, the whole Mall has been decked up in hues of purple and blue. The glittering Diwali décor not only looks splendid but also doubles the spirit of celebrations as it gives visitors a true feeling of Royal Diwali Celebrations. Among the highlights of this festival are the Diwali Dazzlers and Royal Diwali Draw. During the festivities shopping of Rs 5,000 will entitle the customer a chance to win a City centre Hamper, whereas by shopping for Rs 7,000 entitles you to a chance to win an exclusive Handmade Hamper. The Royal Diwali Draw will be announced on the grand finale.

On till November 12. —TNS

Fair share of bling
The much-awaited Vanity Fair offers dresses, accessories and décor items befitting the festive season
Manpriya Singh

Save for a few things plus and minus, years down the line, Vanity Fair at Whispering Willows remains what it is famous for— fancies and frills and all things bling. From nail paints to paintings, there is a deluge of choices, so much so that every alternative has options. A couple of exhibitors remain regulars at the bi-annual affair and while some are plain happy to be sharing the space, others make their presence felt.

Clothing line, accessories

At first, the clothing options are too much for the eye to take in at one go. There are scarves, shawls, kurtis, dress materials, ready made outfits, odhnis, anarkalis at each of their designated places. There’s one just about appliqué work, another dedicated to zari work. Couture by the city-based designer Mona Jawandha stands apart as does the Ludhiana-based label Plumtin. Moving on, there’s an online store, just to spread the word around.

Shares Aashna Khosla, 23 Bacio, “We are primarily an online store and do maximum sale and retail online but we do showcase at exhibitions to let people know about the online options.”

There’s a breather from splash of net and velvet fabrics and fuchsia colours, with footwear and jewellery items generously dotting the fair.

Linen, garden furniture, decors

There’s yet another regular at the exhibition, The Art Treasure. Shares Brij Kalra, “We sell all kinds of art works but in Chandigarh, landscapes sell the maximum.

We neither do prints nor signature art and all our works are by artists from the National School of Art.” The carpets, handicrafts and indoor furniture by India House showcases wares that are every inch regal, all the while combining rich colours with imposing motifs.

Festive touch

There’s a swarm of labels—small and big from Delhi, a few names from Ludhiana, Amritsar, we spotted one from Jalandhar, Mysore and Jaipur each and even from Lahore. All hoping to have a fair share of the pie. For those in some serious festive mood, gifting ideas and options, other knick-knacks galore. Shares Nomida Trehan from Wrapalicious, “We have these custom-made Karva Chauth thalis this time. That does away with the need of any décor on your part. Just place the ingredients at each of the designated places and you are good to go.”

Brides & Beauty

At every step, the brides-to-be turn ultimate consumers. From the pre-wedding dates to post wedding dinners. There are events to eb taken care of. Those looking to just add onto options can take a look at Ludhiana based Turquoise. The label that provides clothing options for all the pre and post wedding events. Further, T.Style Makeovers hopes to cater to any image makeovers and bridal consultancy and make up needs that anyone may have. Shares the lady behind the counter, “We provide an in-depth analysis of your wardrobe, your personality and any makeover that a person needs. We take care of complete image solutions.”

On till October 28 at Whispering Willows, Zirakpur.

Royal delight

Kundan jewellery finds a new expression.
past perfect: Kundan jewellery finds a new expression.

Art Karat, a name synonymous with gorgeous silver jewellery and exceptional kundan craftsmanship, that has been showcased in numerous Bollywood films such as Jodha Akbar, Devdas and Zubeida presents its latest collection Begum –jewellery inspired by the queens of the Mughal Empire.

The Begum collection is inspired by the three most influential princesses of the Mughal era--Begum Noor Jahan, who was considered by many as the first jewellery designer of India and invented the art of meenakari, Begum Mumtaz Mahal who was the daughter in-law of Noor Jahan and the most beloved wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, who bestowed upon her some of the rarest gems and jewels, one of them was the crown she wore at the Royal Court and Begum Jahanara, who inherited most of her mother's jewellery and promoted the art of kundan and meenakari in India.

The collection focuses a lot on kundan done in a very unique style.

A must see for all jewellery connoisseurs who crave for breathtaking designs. Asha Kamal Modi, the designer behind Art Karat, has recreated some fabulous pieces that reflect the Mughal, Deccan and European influences. Each piece is a work of art and you can see the exceptional creativity and effort that has gone in making these designs.

The collection includes a beautiful range of necklaces, long earrings, bracelets, bajubandhs, tikas, rings and pins. More than 700 designs have been created for this collection and the entire range is priced between Rs 2,000 to Rs 50000, with soaring gold prices it is a steal for jewellery collectors.

On display at Chancellor Hall, Hotel Park Plaza-17

The art of Controlling
Anil Juneja

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems in almost every aspect of life and it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of just an unpredictable emotion. And when this happens, you are thought of as someone who is needlessly throwing a tantrum over the smallest problem. In the end, this type of unhealthy behaviour can take a toll on the body and spirit and leave you feeling depressed, unfocused and suffering from unexpected physical problems. There is no need to prolong your suffering and feel depressed. Practice of yoga and meditation helps you to calm down and control your anger. Yoga and meditation teaches us the art of controlling and the art of silence.

Colour meditation

To start with, sit in any comfortable posture: Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Make your breathing normal. Those who are unable to sit down can sit on a chair and do the breathing exercises. However, sitting down in a proper yogic posture is most beneficial. Start by concentrating and focus on the centre of your forehead. Now allow your mind to penetrate inside to perceive the bright white colour there. Feel the bright white light of the full moon spreading throughout the portion or visualise the bright white colour of the snow or any other white colour inside. Practice visualisation of bright white colour.

Feel the bright white colour, experience through autosuggestion that all your passions and emotions are being pacified. All your excitations are subsiding. Perceive your anger is waning. Now slowly allow your mind to spread throughout the whole portion of your forehead and perceive the bright white colour of the full moon there. Visualise that the particles of bright white light colour are permeating the whole portion of the forehead, covering the emotional area in the frontal lobe of your brain.

Perception of breathing

Another technique to control your anger is ‘Pran Dharna’ also known as belly breathing. To start with, sit in any comfortable posture: Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Make your breathing normal. Make it slow, deep and rhythmic. Let the vibration of each breath reach the navel. Now allow the abdominal muscles to expand during inhalation. Concentrate your mind fully on your navel.

(Juneja is Chandigarh-based yoga expert)

ORRA presents irresistible Diwali offers

This Diwali get free Silver and Gold coins from ORRA. Festivals are the perfect time for indulgences. While the festive season has started on an auspicious note with our Spiritual Collection–Panchdhatu, which merges the five elements of nature and the blessings of the various Gods, we make this season extra special with some exciting offers and exquisite designs for all jewellery aficionados.

ORRA celebrates Diwali with some very exclusive offers valid till 18th November2012.Take home exquisite 18kt gold jewellery crafted with the finest Belgian diamonds, and walk away with assured 24 carat gold and silver coins absolutely free on purchases. If the sheen of the yellow metal takes your breath away, then buy some beautifully crafted 22kt BIS Hallmarked jewellery at up to 50 per cent discount on making charges.

Doc Talk
The spa effect
Dr Vikas Sharma

Chilling out for a few hours at a spa might seem like a fantastic way to unwind and relax, but it can have some consequences that are far from calming.

Allergies and skin reactions: Oils, lotions and powders can enhance a spa procedure, but occasionally people can develop allergies to these very agents. It's important to let spa practitioners know about any issues you have, as well as any other outstanding health conditions. Don't forget food allergies either. Even if you have a past history of skin allergies like urticaria etc to certain food products, there is likelihood that you might develop them again even if these agents are used topically for facials and massage.

Dangers for pregnant women: The main danger pregnant women have to watch out for is heat. Anything with the potential to raise their body temperatures above safe levels, including saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and other heat-related treatments, are all off limits.

Massages are often not recommended during the first trimester, although well-trained pre-natal massage practitioners can manage it under most conditions. Hair bleaches and removal creams, aromatherapy and detox scrubs are usually considered a bad idea, but gentle facials, simple manicures and pedicures (without the accompanying rub if the person isn't trained in reflexology) and warm baths are all good ways to pamper a pregnant woman. Just make sure nothing contains any harsh products or chemicals.

Aggravating medical conditions: Those with atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, asthmatics along with people who have a tendency of recurrent herpes, fungal and bacterial infections need to think twice before stepping into the sauna. Since all that dry heat can make skin breathing difficult, steam rooms are often a much better option. People with medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes also need to be careful when they visit a spa. Some activities, such as those that use heat like steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs, can be dangerous and could make them ill. It's always smart to disclose any skin and internal conditions.

Risk of infection: Infection is a real risk in the spa industry. While many spas run a nice clean environment and take proper safety precautions, unfortunately not all spas live up to those standards and the conditions are perfect for bacteria and fungi to flourish. It requires constant vigilance to keep things clean.

Diabetics need to be especially cautious about getting a pedicure, foot infections can have serious consequences for people with diabetes. Any break in the skin, potentially from aggressive trimming of a callous or cuticle, can increase the risk of foot infections called cellulitis. Chronic and acute conditions aside, all spa-goers need to be alert to the potential risks that may lurk in the very spas intended to relax us. Poor water quality can translate into a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Indeed, outbreaks of community-acquired infections from spas have occurred. And, if you have any open cuts or abrasions, cancel your appointment until they clear.

(Dr Sharma is a Chandigarh-based dermatologist & dermato-laser surgeon)

Simply elegant

Harsh Paul Singh Takkar
standing tall: Harsh Paul Singh Takkar

The youth brigade has a wide exposure when it comes to fashion. Fashion is transcending all barriers and we can see trends intermingling with each other. However, smart ones go for suitability along with style quotient. Young entrepreneur Harsh Paul Singh Takkar is all for studied elegance--

Your sense of style…

For me style is another word for sartorial elegance enhanced by simplicity, making the person look comfortable.

Latest addition to your treasure of clothing or accessories?

A new watch from Tag Heur.

Brand crazy or street pick-up?

Not crazy but yes, I trust brands more and it also depends on the occasion.

Your style icon would be?

For sure it would be Robert Downney junior.

Who do you think is the worst-dressed celebrity?

Abhishek Bachhan I guess!

Which look would your prefer - sporty, chic or glamorous?

Glamorous it would be.

One fashion trend that goes beyond your comprehension?

Wearing slip-ons with skinny jeans.

Your take on accessories?

Only smart and elegant watches!

What gives you a high on the confidence level?

Good work out and a little bit of appreciation makes me feel confident.

(As told to Poonam Bindra)

Master Chef
The last straw!
Kandla Nijhowne

Cheese straws are popular little twisty nibbles, easy to serve with a dip or without. But the ones in the market are the last-straw! These shop-bought ones are bland, listless and tasteless. Horror of horrors, they are also cheese-less! The fat content in the commercial ones comes from vanaspati, not real butter.

Cheesy pepper straws

150 gm cheese
¾ cup maida
¼ cup butter
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
½- ¾ tsp crushed pepper
1-2 tbsp melted butter
Herbs, cumin or "ajwain" seeds to taste
Little bit of milk to bind

Dice the butter into cubes and grate the cheese.
Sieve the maida, baking powder and butter together.
Combine the ingredients in a wide bowl, drizzling the milk in at the end.
Add only enough milk to form a soft dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
Roll out the dough ½ inch thick (with the help of some dry maida).
Use a pizza cutter to form thin, finger-like strips.
Baste with melted butter and add a dash more of pepper or ajwain on the surface.
Twist each strip to make a spiral, then lay out onto an un-greased tray.
Bake until the edges are golden brown.
Cool before storing in an airtight jar.

(Nijhowne is a culinary expert)

Desi touch
Pavit Sidhu Puri gives phulkari a chic makeover
Jasmine Singh

This started over a brain-raking session between two people who were slated to be married in a week's time. Pavit Sidhu Puri and her husband Gurpreet Singh were thinking of which card to choose, for their wedding.

So, many options, many different patterns, but the couple decided they would go for something traditional and something different-- a phulkari envelope which will carry their wedding invite. The long and the short of it is—this how Desi Fusion came into being. In Chandigarh to exhibit her work at the Vanity Fair, Pavit who spent almost decade of her work life in United Kingdom, shows what different shapes and sizes the colourful phulkari can assume.

Here we have a fine blend of traditional phulkari in contemporary shapes and designs. From bags, clutches, sling purses, wedding invites, wine bottle holder, napkin holder, jackets, suits, mobile cases, laptop bags, phulkari has been used in just about all everyday utility items.

"This is a dying tradition, a tradition that used to be weaved in silk. I wanted to do something about it and this is why we came up with Desi Fusion, where we use phulkari in a way that even the younger generation can have a bit of it," shares Pavit, who is planning to open a store on the same lines in Delhi and Chandigarh soon.

The beautiful colour and patterns of phulkari can make simple everyday things like an ipad cover look different. "The best part is you know you are carrying a part of your rich heritage. For the coming festival season, we have many items which can be used as wonderful gifting options," she smiles showing us her work. Pavit does retailing through social networking site Facebook, and at select shopping stores.

These products carrying traditional phulkari work are very trendy and in sync with the demands of the customers. The products are such that they appeal to people across all age groups. Desi Fusion's products are not only chic and fashionable but are very functional and modern.

Blaze(r) away!
Blazers make for a big fashion statement this season, especially for girls
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

With fashion taking a full circle, who knows what’s next in store? In the meantime, it’s the blazer that has become a hot property for this season. A garment worth investing in, if you are the one who still does not own this piece of attire, it’s time you shop; for they are going to be big this season.

“Blazers are a must-have for any girl this autumn-winter season,” says an employee of Van Huesen in Sector 17. She adds, “Although blazers have been in for a while, it’s the more stylish and colourful versions that we see this season. They are much sleeker and are more suitable for a woman’s body, unlike the older versions that were baggy and big.” Well, just like we had boyfriend jeans in vogue, now we have the boyfriend blazers! Accentuating and flattering the figure, these blazers are coming with one simple button at the waistline, thus placing all the attention on your waistline and also making you look thinner. A versatile piece of garment, blazers are available in bright solid colours (blue and orange being the hottest). “Needless to say, the boyfriend blazer is a modernised, fabulous and ultra-feminine piece that you must get your hands on,” says Vipin, stylist from Gorma Designs in Sector 19.

He adds, “Be sure to experiment with it as much as possible. Boyfriend Blazer looks ultra-cool with skinny jeans and high heels. They also go very well with plain shirts and bright skirts, so you can mix and match to suit your style.”

Take a round of stores in Chandigarh and you will surely find coats as well as blazers peeping out of the closet. With black, cobalt-blue, orange, carrot-pink and red stealing the show, blazer is definitely a noble item in a lady’s wardrobe. “Blazers are hot this season. There is a spectacular collection for the Fall wardrobe,” says Geet Sethi, consultant head, Esprit. Well, with androgynous trend setting in, blazers are a definite show-stealer.


With an oversized element; slits in structured forms, blazers are a spectacular element in the Fall wardrobe.
Blazers are sleeker, stylish and colourful this season, unlike the older versions that were baggy and big.
Accentuating and flattering the figure, blazers are coming with one simple button at the waistline.
Boyfriend blazer is modernised, fabulous and ultra-feminine.

star track
Kareena remains a Kapoor!
Bebo surely knows the real importnace of retaining ones orginal name. So she still is a Kapoor.

Kareena Kapoor
Change of mind: Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor, took media and her fan following along with the film industry by storm with the little news bits of her life. It all began with her break up with Shahid Kapoor and then ended up with Saif Ali Khan.

The wedding stirred the country making news with its grandeur and simplicity all at the same time. All the hype that made rounds all this while began to calm down a little when we heard that the actress again baffled her followers with yet another slice of news.

Kareena will not credit her name as Kareena Kapoor Khan in her next release Talaash, but will stick to her maiden name Kareena Kapoor. This is a switch from her previous thoughts on the same, it was said previously by insiders that Kareena is excited to credit her name as Kareena Kapoor Khan in Talaash since Bollywood’s two most powerful surnames both ‘Khan’ and ‘Kapoor’ will be seen fusing together in her name.

News channels and websites covered the story at length previously, that the B- town will see two powerful surnames coming together but to everyone’s disappointment the actress said a clear ‘NO’ to it.

This turn may be because Kareena is not yet ready to switch her surname to ‘Kapoor Khan’. She would like to be called as Mrs. Khan first so as to get used to it.

The news that the actress will not change her name and will stick to her original name has been confirmed by the director -Reema Kagti of the movie Talaash. Reema clarified this at the music launch of the film that was held just before Aamir Khan left for Haj.

Kareena is sizzling not just off the screen after marriage with Saif but also on screen in the movie where she plays the character of a prostitute. The song Muskaanein Jhooti Hai that was released at the music launch saw Kareena at her best in a smoky avatar. It is also said that the one little question that is doing rounds in the heads of many is that will the actress change to Islam after marriage.

Out of sight, not out of mind

They started out as actresses in Hindi movies but are rarely seen on the silver screen. Some of them have their hands full with endorsements, others are busy with family and children and have voluntarily quit movies, and the rest are one-film wonders. We bring you a list of beauties regularly seen at events and on television but hardly in movies.

Screen effect
Sophie Chaudhary:
She started out as a singer and even had a role in Pyaar Ke Side Effects but has not done a movie or released an album in many years. She has a va-va-voom figure which she dresses stylishly and is friends with prominent people in the industry. The pretty girl is a socialite now who is a regular at movie screenings, fancy parties, fashion weeks, product launches, and the like.

Beauty zone
Sushmita Sen:
The former beauty queen's movie career is finished. She stays in the news because of I Am She where she trains Miss Universe India participants and she attends events for product launches, fashion, and social causes.

Smart move
Sameera Reddy:
She cannot act and was last seen in Tezz. Priyadarshan often gives her a role in his multi-starrers. She has an item song in Chakravyuh and dances at stage shows and the like. She has no endorsements but attends product launches and parties for a fee and is also seen at fashion weeks. She dresses better, even edgy, these days.

Happily married
Genelia D'souza:
We thought she would create wonders after Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa but all her films have tanked after that. She is happy being married to Riteish Deshmukh. She hosted a television show recently. She loves all things fashionable so she steps out at parties and events wearing trendy clothes which she doesn't always pull off. It won't be long before we hear that she is preggers.

Style icon
Neha Dhupia:
We like the way she has evolved into a voluptuous style icon. Her sense of style is impeccable and classy. She has a couple of movies on hand but several endorsements and is a regular at product launches, fashion weeks, and parties and even does magazine covers.

Factual figure
Her movie comeback happened only recently but Sridevi stepped into the spotlight with her daughter nearly four years ago. Well, she works hard to maintain her trim figure and she looks unbelievably gorgeous even today so why not step out and show the world! She didn't dress really well earlier but now people can’t stop talking about her youthful appearance. — HRM

Johnny Depp to star in Transcendence ?

Johnny Depp
In talks: Johnny Depp

Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is thrilled that Hollywood star Johnny Depp is interested in starring in his sci-fi directorial debut Transcendence. The 49-year-old actor could play the lead in Pfister's film about a man who gets sucked into a malevolent, self-aware computer, a publication reported. "I'm thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist who I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative," Pfister said.

Depp is reportedly waiting to see a final draft of writer Jack Paglen's script before fully committing.

Pfister, who won an Oscar for his work on Inception, is The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematography partner and has made no secret of his desire to step behind the camera as director. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with Memento.

Pfister is currently considering casting the likes of Noomi Rapace, Tobey Maguire, Christoph Waltz and James McAvoy for other roles in the Warner Bros movie.

PTI JCH Nolan and Emma Thompson will be executive producing Pfister's film-making debut earlier this year. Principal photography will begin in 2013. —PTI

Waiting for a while

Stacy Keibler
Slow track: Stacy Keibler

Hollywood star George Clooney's new girlfriend Stacy Keibler says she has no interest in a wedding ring or babies anytime soon.

The 33-year-old former WWE star, who has been dating the Hollywood heartthrob for more than a year, said she is in no rush to settle down, reported a publication. "That is not on my radar at all. I'm definitely the girl who doesn't talk about that kind of stuff. I'm not really interested in thinking about marriage or kids at all," she said. Clooney, 51, meanwhile is tight-lipped about their relationship and had said earlier that "she can do whatever she wants".

The actor split from previous lover Elisabetta Canalis after she spoke about herAsin hope for marriage. Other relationships of Clooney included Lisa Snowdon and his marriage with Talia Balsam which also ended on a bad note. — PTI

Working birthday

Asin celebrated her latest birthday on the sets of her latest film in Film city. The film is releasing in December so they are racing against time and once she packs up for the day, she will be with her family.

Dedicated act: Asin

A still from Aurangzeb Work goes on

The shooting of YRF's Aurangzeb has resumed as usual in Delhi. The unit took a break to attend the funeral of Yash Chopra but everything is resuming as the film-maker would have liked it that way. So back on work and for the legend to rule the industry forever.

On its way: A still from Aurangzeb

A still from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Musical notes

The new song Ishq Shava from Jab Tak Hai Jaan has been launched by Shah Rukh Khan online. Work has to go on even though veteran director Yash Chopra passed away.

A still from Jab Tak Hai JaanAmrita Arora Ladak and Shakeel Ladak

Happy addition

Amrita Arora Ladak and Shakeel Ladak have had another baby boy on Dusshera day and named him Rayyan which is a revered name in Islam. Their son Azaan is now two and a half years old.

Another member: Amrita Arora Ladak and Shakeel Ladak

Alive forever

Several people cancelled their activities to pay their condolences to Yash Chopra's family. Saif and Kareena flew down from Delhi to be with the Chopra family and Hrithik Roshan came down from Switzerland. Mukesh Bhatt cancelled his film's shoot.

chatter box
Bold enough

Aadesh Chaudhary After bagging roles in Punar Vivah and Mein Lakshmi Tere Aagan Ki, Aadesh Chaudhary will now be seen in Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka. He says, "My look is different from my earlier character Digu. I play Satya a bold character which is exciting."

New avtar: Aadesh Chaudhary

Brazen take on Ravana

Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana

VJ turned film actor Ayushmann Khurrana created a flutter on Twitter when he wrote in some unparliamentarily language about the demon king Ravana on the occasion of Dussehra.

The tweet indicated that the 10 headed king of Lanka was gay (homosexual) with multiple partners. However, Ayushmann, who gained fame with the movie Vicky Donor averred, "I don't think I have done anything wrong for I have not attacked Lord Ram. Don't we always condemn Ravana and burn him every year?"

He further added, "Most people have taken my tweet in the right lighter spirit with only a few getting offended. To them I would like to say that we have freedom of speech."

Talking about the Twitter chatter he stated, "It is sad most people don't use their right of Freedom of Expression and prefer to remain diplomatic on this micro blogging site. But that is not me. I have always written such tongue-in-cheek tweets, it's just that I am only getting more noticed now."

However in a bid to douse rousing flames, Ayushmann later tweeted again saying, "Was little blasphemous for some on this auspicious day. Sorry I don't understand religion. Just makes us less tolerant." — HRM

Coming home now…

Anas Rashid of Diya Aur Baati Hum is looking forward to going home after a long time. His family stays in his hometown Malerkotla, Punjab. As the town is a two hour drive from the Chandigarh airport, family and friends will come to welcome him.Jennifer Winget

Burning issue

Jennifer Winget recently got hurt during the shooting of the dandiya special Dhoom Machi Dhoom episode on Star Plus. She was performing on an unconventional form of dandiya where she was to hold a fire plate and dance. It was during the performance that Jennifer burnt her finger.

Playing with fire: Jennifer Winget

Anita returns!

Anita Hassanandani will soon be back on television. She has signed a role on Sab TVs Gutur Gu. The show returns on the channel with a new season. Apart from Anita, Rahuol, Bhairavi Raichura and Sham Masalkar will also be seen in the show.Deven Bhojani

Gattu again

Deven Bhojani will play Gattu once again. He became very famous post this award winning role in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and now after two years he will enact the same role in JD Majethia's Alaxmi - Hamari Super Bahu.

Laugh it off:
Deven Bhojani

Hip hip hurray

Gurmeet Choudhary is in a mood to party these days and he has all the reasons in the basket to make merry and sing out loud in ecstasy. No one can deny his popularity amongst the masses and his professional career is on a high.Gurmeet Choudhary

His daily soap on Zee TV Punar Vivah is doing great and he emerged as the winner in Colors' Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 5. Sources have informed that Gurmeet is all set to throw a big bash to celebrate his Jhalak success. "Yes, he is throwing a party by the end this month," added the source.

The list of invites and venue are yet to be decided. We tried getting in touch with Gurmeet but he remained unavailable.
Celebration time: Gurmeet Choudhary

Kamya Punjabi Trouble shooter

Kamya Punjabi will soon make an entry in Parvarrish. She will play the role of Ashish Kaul's wife. Their family will bring about a lot of changes. The Ahluwalia and Ahuja family will be influenced by their lifestyle, which will lead to a lot of trouble.

New Neighbour: Kamya Punjabi

The tantrum queen

Sanaya Irani popularly known as Kushi from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon seems to be all about tantrums. The actress who got her name of fame from Dil Mil Gaye has been throwing a lot of her tantrums at everyone.

Recently during Star Plus Diwali celebration event the actress took around six hours to get ready and once she did she refused to come out of her vanity.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Keep your eyes open. Someone will be trying to put a fast one on you. If an old friend needs your support, get together for coffee or lunch and listen to their doubts and worries. Tarot message: Do not expect too much from others. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 52

TAURUS: Expensive plans will have to be held in check for the time being. Your mate may feel that you have been devoting too much time to outside interests. An optimistic turn of mind will create a passionate aura. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 26

GEMINI: You will have some difficulties controlling your emotions. Consider getting involved in charitable work. Agreements that have been dragging on for sometime can be successfully negotiated. Tarot message: Take one step at a time. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 55

CANCER: Remain in the background today as this is not the time for grabbing the centre-stage. Try to improve your overall financial situation. Consider your course of action seriously before jumping into anything new. Tarot message: Come to terms with yourself. Lucky colour: Golden yellow. Magic number: 46

LEO: Improvement will continue on the financial front. Business matters are fairly under control. Your moods may be up and down all day. A former friend might turn up on your doorstep. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of your health. Lucky colour: Jade. Magic number: 29

VIRGO: Do not make any important move. The conditions are not favourable at the moment to contemplate fresh operations. You should not be too critical of co-workers. Social affairs will be exciting. Tarot message: Don't reveal your plan of action to anyone. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27

LIBRA: The affairs of a close companion are favoured today. Aim at teamwork. An accident is likely to occur if you don't keep your mind on the job. Be especially careful when using electricity or operating machinery. Tarot message: Take timely action. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 35

SCORPIO: Do not give into lethargy. Emotional people may change their mind. Take a serious attitude to a financial situation. Earnings can be increased if you try. Deception from the opposite sex is on the cards. Tarot message: Don't reveal your plans. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 27

SAGITTARIUS: An early morning disturbance could get cleared up a lot sooner than usual, which will give you a chance to catch up some housework. Renovations a project will progress well. Your energy level is soaring. Tarot message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 44

CAPRICORN: The day is going to be rather slow; plan ahead. Take advantage of other people's experience. Family will be much better company than friends this evening. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Bottle green. Magic number: 32

AQUARIUS: A financial matter that has been delayed will make some progress now.Social activities you have been invited to will not be worth attending. Determination to achieve put you in a compromising situation. Tarot message: Don't make hasty decisions. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 41

PISCES: This day will be marked only for lack of activity. Business will tick smoothly. You should finally feel your self-esteem rising, especially if you are spending the day with older relatives. Tarot message: Lack of confidence can leave you in losses; so be confident.Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 43

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is October 28...

You will require to make some sacrifices for your career's sake. Personal life will not be fair. You'll be able to reinvigorate your finances and improve your income.

You'll feel uneasy when your beloved provokes you or treats you unfairly.

A very good year from health point of view. Your cheerful state of mind will give you the desired tonic and keep you confident. Investment will enhance your prosperity and financial security. Spend some pleasant time with your children. Happy memories will keep you busy.

Business partners are supportive and you work together to complete pending jobs. You will be full of good ideas and your choice of activities will bring you gains far beyond your expectations.

You're determined to climb to the top and make all the necessary sacrifices. Trust your instincts when it comes to pursuing an important executive. You know just what to do and say to win his approval. Your holistic view of life gives you insight.

The work relations could be slightly difficult. Luckily you will be able to extricate yourself and express clearly what's going wrong. Young people should not try to rush their plans for the future. By being patient, they'll exceed their expectations.

Do you know what you will do once you finally get what you thought you could never have? You need to have all the right equipment if you want to win your game. If you cut corners, you will cut your chances.

A piece of 'good news' is likely to arrive.

You will be stressed out and some uncertainty will develop in your mind. Projects you have been working on lately will start to give out big profits soon. Any investment made at this point will be profitable in long run.

You seldom show your emotional side to friends but you may be forced if you are to get the support you require. Ask Libra, Taurus, Virgo, Pisces, Scorpio or Capricorn who are 'willing' to pitch in.

Not knowing where you stand or dealing with an unpredictable partner may stir up some insecurities. Apply whatever logic you can to clear up your own thinking and to express your feelings with precision before allowing the words to start flowing.

Mood: Emotional.

Compatible signs: Capricorn, Leo

Lucky colours: Blue and Lavender

Lucky days: Friday and Saturday.

Lucky numbers: 16, 21, 22, 24, 50

Pankaj Parashar (October 28) is a film and television director known for Jalwa, Chaalbaaz and television series Karamchand. He also makes television commercials, corporate films and documentaries. Parashar's Malfunction was awarded the 1980 Filmfare Award for Best Documentary. His last venture Banaras was set in Benaras city, starring Urmila Matondkar and Naseeruddin Shah as leads. Pankaj's stars will be most favourable in 2015.

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