Deeply inspiring
Agra-based artist Chitralekha Singh, in Chandigarh for a solo exhibition, says to showcase emotions on canvas one has to first experience them at a higher level
Manpriya Singh

She has come a full circle with her art; having touched the deepest emotions, drawn from the hidden meanings as well as metaphors and depicted the parodies, philosophies of life.
Chitralekha Singh
:  Chitralekha Singh
Photo: Manoj Mahajan

It can be rather tricky to stay simple. Which is why, Agra-based artist, Chitralekha Singh, plans to round-off the current unfinished series and move onto simpler, rather tougher things. "I am done with the heavy and the extraordinary, now I want to concentrate on capturing the ordinary feelings and emotions," says Chitralekha, in Chandigarh for her solo-exhibition Divya Chitra.

Over seventy canvases showcase works on meditation, travels, world peace, landscapes, Indian women, sage and monks, including her latest collection titled Sona. "I really liked the Punjabi word Sona for beautiful. This collection is themed on love. It's about how love should stay alive in every person's heart, irrespective of the age. I've tried depicting the feeling of love and how it is born." She adds, "It's a tribute to my husband, who I feel is always with me."

Ten works showcase the couple depict on a moonlit night; swinging, sitting together…each against the blue background. "I like to make paintings in a series, which means I first think of a theme and then make at least ten to fifteen works based on that theme," adds Chitralekha, who has twenty solo shows and twenty-five books to her credit.

"I've so far completed only ten works, out of the thirty-painting series. Each gradual work will keep getting deep and intense." Out of all the things translated on to the canvas, emotions remain the toughest part. "It's very difficult to portray emotions, you have to first experience them yourself at a higher level to be able to do justice to them on the canvas." She adds, "But I'm done depicting all the complex emotions. Now I want to concentrate on simpler works and capture the ordinary feelings."

The series, titled Overview, draws on the travels abroad; then Divya Gyaan focuses on meditation. "It was all about meditation; the complex feelings and thoughts that came to my mind while meditating. I carry a sketch book and a pen everywhere with me, all the time."

Most of the works are based in water colour or oil rather than the mixed-media that defines majority of today's works. "I like oil on canvas, water colours and washed techniques, which is a dying art now. I want our traditional mediums to come alive."

A series on the greatest lovers awaits, "My next collection will be dedicated to historical figures, probably Soni Mahiwal, Laila Majnu, Heer Ranjha and the like."

(On at the Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, till November 17, 2012)

success mantra
A BAT-tle won

Yuvraj Singh, a successful cricketer who holds the distinction of hitting six sixes in an over, is even more admired now after his successful battle against cancer. While 2011 had been a year of ups and downs, 2012 has seen a calmer and happier Yuvraj; eager to spread happiness wherever he goes. Here is what this fighter considers characteristics that are significant for success.

Spiritually strong

I have always believed in God right from my childhood. Faith is an anchor that holds you still in difficult times. My faith has been deepened further now. Blessings of my gurus, Sant Baba Ajit Singh and Sant Baba Ram Singh, have been a huge support in my life.

Support system

One finds loads of friends in good times; I am fortunate that mine stuck around even in bad times. Whenever I had time-off, I would come down to them and they have always been there as well. Success never took me away from them. My mother has always been an anchor for me. Life is uncertain and it's your social support that helps you sail through tough times.

Patience pays

Cricket has been my father's dream that I have lived. Hardwork is the prime requisite that one needs to put in as a sportsperson. Being patient is what paves the way for success. Today, cricketers are more inclined towards the IPL, which is a fun tournament, but I think it's important to play for your state as well.

Never give up

Life is about challenges; our karma is never to give up. Problems should not deter you from pursuing your goal. Sticking to your path will only take you forward. Right doctors helped me remain positive when I was battling the disease. Today I am enjoying my new life like never before.

Share happiness

Cancer came as a rude shock and it was very tough for me to digest the fact. Millions suffer from this disease and to help them, I have launched YOPUWECAN. I strongly believe that today true success comes with sharing one's resources, joys and helping the needy. It is life, as it unfolds, that I am looking forward to as much as to playing cricket. I certainly value life more now, than ever before.

With a smile
Actress Madhuri Dixit says many roles have inspired her and one film she goes back to all the time is Pakeezah
Manpriya Singh

You have to be spilling with virtues to steer clear of controversies in B-town. A quick telephonic conversation with Madhuri Dixit, on the launch of an Olay product, and we don't know what she's more — polite or precise! Perhaps, that explains why there's no air to clear, nothing to clarify and only updates to share.

She takes over the phone, asks to be excused for a second and before we can keep up, is back to playing the true brand ambassador by getting into the product literature. With a luxury watch, it still sounds credible that they might put it on their wrist, but when it's cooling oil, it sounds ridiculous! But do celebrities actually use the products they endorse? "I don't know about other celebrities, but this product is really good. It has won many awards and has been used by a lot of women." But has she used it herself? "Yes, I have." We give her the benefit of doubt.

Moving on to her career and professional life these days — that seems to revolve more around the small screen rather than the silver screen. "That's because of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. Apart from that, the talks are on for a couple of things but since they are at the very initial stages, I cannot talk about them." She adds, "Other than that, I'm not busy with anything; just endorsements, that's it."

When one has ruled the screens for over a decade, survived beyond the crucial eighties and nineties, there's little else that remains to be done. Nevertheless, "There are so many roles and characters that inspire, and are timeless. It's difficult to even enumerate, but one particular film that I keep going back to is Pakeezah."

If there's a remake on the 1970 classic, perhaps, we see her play the iconic courtesan! "I don't know how well do the re-makes adapt to today's scenario. Most of them are more of adapted versions of the same story-line; unless it's a period film."

Before long, she gets back to playing the current role, "Eat healthy, stay happy. Watch your diet, keep it balanced and use the right products for a younger-looking skin. That's the secret." She's enclosed more than she's exposed!

It's snack time!
Ludhiana-based cookery expert Manju Dewan’s latest book, Daawat-e-Khaas Tea Time Munchies, lays out the recipes of as many as 85 sumptuous snacks...
Poonam Bindra

"Cooking is an art. In India, the food is always a priority. Who is cooking? For whom and how is it cooked? Cooking is round-the-clock occupation for a majority of women whether they enjoy it or not! It is commonly believed that the love of a woman is tangibly expressed in the form of variety, taste and presentation of what she is cooking. The food should offer a delight both to the eyes and the palate," reads the introduction of Ludhiana-based cookery expert Manju Dewan's latest book — Daawat-e-Khaas Tea Time Munchies.

Manju Dewan's endeavour to channelise a hobby into something meaningful could inspire many a housewife. Her interest was kindled at the age of 15, when her father asked her to join cookery classes. With time, she grew fond of her hobby and started experimenting more. The quest continued after marriage and she even became a prize-winner at Sanjeev Kapoor's cookery contest. Encouragement came from her father-in-law Dewan Sagar and of course, her better half — Pradeep.

Manju's ideas, rather recipes, came on to the paper once her domestic responsibilities were taken over by her daughter-in-law, Ashita. When she had collected enough, the idea of penning down a book geminated. Motivated by her children, she wrote her first book Daawat-e-Khaas last year. The book contains 132 vegetarian recipes.

Encouraged by the response to the book, she again put together 85 recipes, which comprise her second book.

"Vegetarian food has moved a long way beyond pulses and vegetables; exposure to international cuisines has opened wide vistas," says Manju Dewan. So besides tea-time munchies such as different types of sandwiches, bhels, chats, rolls, fritters and cutlets, we also find recipes like Shanghai pancake, Falafel, Cannelloni, Vietnamese Rolls, Farali Pattice, Hotpot Cowboy et al in the book. The book also provides recipes for different type of teas and exotic dips.

Manju has already started working on her third book, which will be entirely devoted to making the task of cooking easy for working girls and women.

Katrina Kaif: I can speak Hindi

Katrina Kaif feels blessed that she is working with all the Khans back-to-back in big films. She talks about Shah Rukh Khan, Hindi and more.

Katrina Kaif Funny SRK

It was intimidating for me initially to work with SRK because we had not interacted much before shooting. As time passed, the comfort level increased. Now, we share a great rapport. He is so funny and the epitome of chivalry.

Genuine man

He was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. He was extremely humble and genuinely cared for everyone around him. He could gauge people’s state of mind by looking at their faces. I don’t think people like him are made anymore.

Speaking Hindi

I can speak Hindi quite fluently now even though I have an accent. I can hold a conversation in Hindi without a lot of effort on my part. Yes, Salman and SRK make fun of my Hindi but that is okay as it is done in good humour.

Intimate scenes

I don’t segregate scenes and I look at the entire picture. We are actors and this is part of our job. I am working with the best in the industry and they wouldn’t put intimate scenes just for sensationalism or sleaze value. It is relevant to the script, characters and the movie.

Personal life

I have never talked about my personal life except in some places where the line has been crossed. I love talking about my work. It is funny that people are writing that I bought a new place in Mumbai whereas the truth is that I only own one property in Mumbai where I currently stay. I am looking for a new place but nothing has been finalised as yet.

The road to happiness

Anushka Sharma loves travelling and her shooting schedules have not deterred her travel plans. In fact, they help her travel. She talks about travelling, security and more.

Fruitful year

The year 2012 has been a great for me! I bought a huge house and that gives me a sense of security and it is a big achievement for me at such a young age. It has made my family proud of me also and I cannot wait to move in. The movies have been amazing and so are the new offers. I feel blessed. I do what I love. I am independent in so many ways!

Globe trotting

I am so happy I got the Schengen visa this year. I have already been to Spain, Italy, and France. Even when I am shooting, I take a few days off and explore the local place. I love being on my own. I cannot stay in Mumbai for more than two months at a time. I also visited Ladakh and Kashmir for the first time for the shooting of JTHJ.

Coming up

I am excited that I have completed all the paperwork for Anurag Kashyap’s film with Ranbir Kapoor. There is Peekay which I will begin shooting for and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola which will release in January. And I am so grateful and honoured to be part of an epic movie like Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Ekta Kapoor, Bejoy Nambiar unite

Bejoy Nambiar has joined hands with Balaji to co-produce a riotous comedy, which has been interestingly titled Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi. (Delhi-ites will be familiar with the word jhand!)

Bejoy Nambiar

Ekta Kapoor

To be directed by the National Award winning ad-film maker Aman Sachdeva, the film introduces Siddharth Gupta opposite former Miss India Simran Kaur. Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is currently under production.

“We are delighted to partner a creative talent like Bejoy Nambiar on a film that we believe is clearly among the most hilarious and entertaining scripts we’ve read,” says Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures.

Excited about his new project, Bejoy says, “The director held a long audition process over several months. We were very clear about wanting a fresh face. Lots of youngsters were auditioned and I went to Balaji with the tapes. It took us around five months to select Siddharth for the role.” He adds, “This is our third venture at Getaway Films and the first one that I am not directing. Aman (Sachdeva) makes his directorial feature debut and we couldn’t have asked for a better alliance than one with Balaji on our pet project.”

Comic turn: Ekta Kapoor

Kareena and Rani are poles apart

Kareena Kapoor

Rani Mukerji 

The film that is in the media glare at the moment, other than Jab Tak Hai Jaan, is the Aamir Khan-starrer Talaash. The film has been in news since a long time. It took time for the film to complete shooting as the script demanded it to be shot seamlessly. Also, with the perfectionist Aamir Khan acting in it, one can only expect the film to be without any glitches. There has been last minute re-shoots that postponed it to November 30 this year from a planned December release last year.

There are also two other power-packed performers in the film who are the female leads. They are Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. Rani has had her share of fame with films like Black, Hum Tum and Saathiya, and though she is past her prime now, there is no doubt about her acting skills. Kareena Kapoor, on the other hand is having the time of her life in the industry. She has come a long way from her Khushi days, and has proved her mettle in films like Omkara, Jab We Met and the very recent Ek Main Aur Ek Tu.

Reema Kagtai of Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. fame has directed the film. When asked about her experience directing these two gifted actresses, she quickly defined and drew out the differences between the two of them. While, according to her, Rani seems to be more of a method-actor who gets ready for her character before the shoot begins, Kareena seems to take it easy.

When questioned about Rani, she said, “Rani is your proverbial frontbencher. She wants to prep and get into everything, including my head, the script, sets or dialogues. She’s similar to Aamir in her approach towards her job.” For Kareena she gave a different view. “Kareena has more of a hang-loose approach. Left to herself, I don’t think she’ll do any prep at all but she has a very spontaneous instinctive skill. I never really knew what she was going to do until she did it. She frightened me in the beginning. Both are accomplished actresses in terms of their craft but their processes are totally different.” With such varied female leads, it is obvious that they will be set under the scanner when the film releases. 

Chris, Liam to star in Steve McQueen biopic?

Hollywood's star brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth are reportedly set to star together in legendary actor Steve McQueen biopic.

The film is "Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago". It is unclear what role the Australian brother duo will tackle in the biopic about the late "Sand Pebbles" actor.

Brandon and Philip Murphy are set to pen the script, which revolves around McQueen's relationship with his stunt double Bud Elkins.

A rival McQueen biopic is also developed with Chris' "The Avengers" co-star, Jeremy Renner, taking the lead role. The untitled biopic has Ivan Zacharias serving as the director and James Gray penning the script. "Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago" won't likely be the only new upcoming project for Chris Hemworth. The "Thor" star, who's recently turned down the offer to star in "American Assassin", has been tapped to join Stephen Gaghan's high-end crime thriller project "Candy Store". The project has attracted the interests of a number of A-listers, including Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. The likes of Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper are reportedly also circling the thriller. — PTI 

Comfortably settled 

Huma Qureshi's first two films were appreciated and she is getting good offers too. Contented with her career, the actress doesn't see herself as an outsider in the film industry. "I don't feel I am an outsider. I was already shooting for other films even before the release of my first film 'Gangs of Wasseypur' (GOW). While shooting for GOW, I was simultaneously shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Ek Thi Daayan', and while shooting for 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana', I was shooting for Nikhil Advani's 'D Day'," Huma, who is from Delhi, said.

She started as a model and featured in TV commercials like Vita Marie, Saffola Oil, Mederma Cream, Pears Soap and Nerolac. Talking about movies, she said: "It's an exciting new phase.”


I got arrested when I was 15: Bradley 

Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper was very rebellious in his teens which led to him getting arrested at the age of 15 for underage drinking.

The Silver Linings Playbook star has been sober for eight years and credits his "intellectually curious" late father Charles for inspiring him to become an actor.

"I grew up in an interesting family. My father was Irish, and my mother was Italian. It's a rich tapestry. It's soaking in volatility. But I was raised well. "I put them through some hell, of course. I got arrested (for underage drinking) when I was 15. My mom (Gloria) always said, 'Just call me. I wanna know where you are,' We always had good lines of communication, me and my parents. My father was viciously smart and intellectually curious," he said.

The 37-year-old actor has a history of drug and alcohol abuse but says he decided to clean his act when he realised that he was ruining his life. Cooper has been clean since he turned 29.

"I don't drink or do drugs anymore. Being sober helps a great deal.” —PTI 

Par Excellence
Putting – Keep your wrists in a bowed position
Jesse Grewal

The position of the wrists for putting is completely different from that of the wrists in the golf swing.

While the wrists are in a cupped position for the golf swing they are in a bowed or arched position for putting. This arched position reduces the action of the wrists and limits their work in the putting stroke.

This reduces a lever of power and helps in better speed control on the greens. In the golf swing there is a need for this lever to produce speed which is done by this cupped position.

The grip of the putter is shaped different from that of the rest of the clubs. The putter has a flat surface on the top for the placement of the thumbs. Apart from that it has a curve at the bottom or on the undersurface which helps it fit into the lifeline area of the palm (picture 1). When the grip is taken correctly, the shaft of the putter is in a straight line with both the forearms and the wrists are in a bowed or arched position (picture 2). This helps control the path of the putter and also consistent speed as it produces a single lever stroke. The stroke is controlled by the movement of the shoulders and arms.

In a cupped position (picture 3), the wrists would get active and increase the use of the club head in producing speed. As we set the putter down there would be an angle between the forearms and the putter shaft (picture 4). This would also create an outward takeaway with the putter head going upwards in the ground. This type of position was used by players on very slow greens as some wrist action was required to produce speed. As the greens have got faster due to improved mowing equipment, the putting stroke has changed with the speed of the greens to a one lever pendulum stroke with no wrist action.

(Grewal has coached several national champions and professionals apart from being coach of the Indian golf team for the Eisenhower Cup (World Cup) in 2008. He is currently the Director of National Golf Academy of India and CGA Hero Honda Golf Academy. If you have any queries get in touch with him at

New in shelf

The fashion flock is currently residing in the stylish streets of London. Take an exclusive sneak peek at London's hottest style trends with the most attractive and modish clothing line - the Pepe Jeans London Autumn Winter'12 Menswear Collection. Get ready to hanker after the knits, jackets, pants and the youthful influence of modern fiesta spotted on London's streets. 

Based on the classic British origin of Pepe Jeans London from the streets of Portobello, this collection is inspired by trends that reflect London's core fashion spirit. Through the Portobello collection, Pepe Jeans London channels a seasonal snapshot of the most trend - led looks lighting up the London fashion radar. Texture - rich and designed to be easily layered, the Autumn Winter'12 Menswear Portobello collection delivers a series of slim - fitting silhouettes for a hipster customer. It's a fun interpretation of young fashion with tapered - leg chinos in tobacco brown, blue and grey marl sharing rail-space with knits in colourful fairisle and intarsia knits. Other highlights include Portobello's cropped duffle jacket.

Pepe Jeans London unveils exciting looks and themes every month as part of its Autumn Winter'12 collection. With each range of the latest Autumn Winter collection from Pepe Jeans, the brand introduces an array of trendy new designs and fabrics that are magnificently combined to create refined silhouettes; a colour palette that is diverse, and exciting.

Priced at Rs 1499 onwards, the collection is available at Pepe Jeans London stores nationwide. —TNS

celeb point
The last hurrah! 
Divva Dutta

Divva Dutta It was an evening to remember. When I had met Yash Chopra the last time at Mr Bachchan’s birthday, he was so excited about Jab Tak Hai Jaan release. Who knew the film would release without the man behind it!

But his son Aditya made sure the film was premiered just as Yash Chopra would have wanted his last directorial to be. Grand! He had wanted the largest theatre to screen Jab Tak Hain Jaan premiere. So, a special set theatre was erected for the screening. With a thousand plus capacity, the theatre looked as beautiful as an opera theatre. True Yash Chopra style! Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka were accompanied by Pam aunty, Yash ji’s graceful wife to welcome the guests. Well, the who’s who of the industry came to be part of this special eve of watching the legend’s last film together, under one roof and celebrate his cinema. It was like everyone took extra time to get dressed up to watch this film! Dilip Kumar, the Bachchans and all the three Khans, yes Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir together. It was the first time after years all those three got together.

The film was beautiful and I loved it. As did everyone else but what brought a lump in the throat was the title song in the end--the montage of Yashji directing. As only he would! The man who always smiled! The man who presented as only he could! The entire industry stood for a standing ovation in the most stunning silence I had ever seen! Silence that made you feel the loss of the father of the film industry, of the man who recreated romance in his own special way, the man who made us all believe in love and cinema…

The last credit line says, with a picture of the ever smiling Yash Chopra, ‘And he lives forever…Yes, he does! In our hearts, through his cinema … jab tak hai jaan!

(Dutta is a Bollywood actor)

Making it formal
Fashion is all about carrying an attire with ease

The words style, trends and fashion conjure up an image of somebody totally in sync with haute couture but the ones who actually stand out are the ones who carry off what they wear with a nonchalant attitude. Suave B Com student Rishabh Johar shares his views —

Your sense of style…

For me, formal dressing with a properly tucked-in shirt and well-kept shoes denote style. Somehow I don’t like the scruffy look.

Latest addition to your treasure of clothing or accessories…

Two belts, one from Versace and one from Hermis.

Brand crazy or street pick-up?

A judicious mix of both!

Who would be your style icon?

Salman Khan any day!

Who do you think is the worst-dressed celebrity?

Sonakshi Sinha for sure.

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

Glamorous any day!

One fashion trend that goes beyond your comprehension…

Boys wearing studs in the ears and flashy colours don’t gel well with me.

Your take on accessories?

Only a classy watch and belt will do.

What gives you a high on the confidence level?

Interacting with a good group of friends always makes me feel good and of course compliments from the right person too.

— As told to Poonam Bindra

Twice bitten, thrice shy 
Simmi Waraich

I am a 31-year-old woman. My first marriage was a fraud and I got divorced. We did not have any physical relationship. I am working as a teacher in a college. I was talking to this man with my parents’ consent for the past one year but he suddenly said he cannot marry me and backed off. My parents want me to put this behind me and move on but I have been very upset-- I find it difficult to get through the day and cry often though I am going to work. Please help.

Amrita, Chandigarh

Going through stressful events like a marriage breakup and now a relationship breakup is hard on anyone. Give yourself time to heal. Tell yourself--"That it will be difficult at first but I’ll get through it step by step." Often in such situations, one finds fault in oneself, that there may be something you had done that is why the relationship broke up. Avoid falling into the trap. Remind yourself that you have faith in yourself, that you have strong points but if the man was not able to appreciate that, then it is fine. You are a college teacher--you are not alone or helpless. Do you have friends? Avoid staying alone, stay with friends or family.

As you said you are finding it difficult to get through the day, do see a doctor. An SSRI (a medicine) which raised Serotonin levels in the brain may help you get out of this faster and you may get alright sooner than without medicine. Also, get counseling done.

I got involved with a neighbour. I have known her for many years. I have tried to leave this woman but it has not worked out. I wish to leave my wife and start afresh and so does she.

Akash, Ludhiana

See, I or anyone else cannot tell you what to do. However, if you have tried to stay away, why don’t you try it for a few months to a year--no phones, no emails, and go through counselling. Work through your relationship with your wife and this woman with your counsellor. What are your long term goals? What are your other interests? There are a lot of things one may be overlooking. Take some time to think about it. Consider consequences. Talk to family or friends. If there is something in the relationship, you can wait so that things are clearer. Do meet a counsellor.

(Waraich is a consultant psychiatrist)

High Spirits
Peppy Gua-Viva
Vineet Mishra

Sip the spiciness of Chilled Guava. !!!


45 ml Absolut Pepper

10 ml Worcestershire Sauce

dash of tabasco

Lime wedges

Top it with Guava Juice

1 tbsp. Chat Masala


Fill a highball glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour all the ingredients over the ice & stir. Rim glass with chat masala & garnish with a lime wedge.

Cocktail Tips

When rimming a cocktail glass, always rim it half the glass so that if someone doesn’t like rimmed cocktail he can have it from other side.

(Vineet Mishra is a Chandigarh-based cocktail jockey)

chatter box
Professional rivalry

Karan Tacker & Kushal Tandon  Not all is well between Kushal Tandon and Karan Tacker, who play brothers in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. Apparently Karan was irked when Kushal got better publicity and screen space in the show with the cancer track in the serial. The two work together but don’t talk to each other at all. In fact, Karan even threatened to quit the show but after the creative head told him he would get a better deal he has decided to stay back.
Hate story: Karan Tacker & Kushal Tandon 

More to come?
This week in Ek Hazaaron Main Meri Behna Hai, Jeevika and Maanvi find out that Karan is Swamini bua’s son. They bring Karan back to the house. Swamini is shocked and is unable to believe all this. It is revealed that dadaji knew that the child wasn’t dead and is guilty of keeping the mother – son separated for so long. Dadaji repents his decision. The family members later on try to reunite Swamini and dadaji. The whole family is rejoiced and all celebrate Divali together. Is this a new happy beginning in Vadhera family or the advent of some major negative force.?

A still from Jhansi Ki Rani Fear files
The couple who immortalized Rani Laxmibai and Gangadhar Rao on television screens will be back once again. In the episode to be telecast on November 17 viewers will see Ulka Gupta and Sameer Dharmadhikari caught up in an almost life threatening situation.

This episode is a reconstruction of the incidents that had transpired earlier during the shoot of Jhansi Ki Rani at the haunted Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan. Sameer Dharmadhikari said, “When the Fear Files team approached me for this Bhangarh special episode I was not convinced. The incident was not a pleasant one and I wasn’t sure if I can go there again. But then I looked at little Ulka and found her enthusiasm infectious. She was ready to visit the place again to get over her fear.”

I agreed to go there just for the thrill of it!”

The unit of Jhansi Ki Rani wanted to showcase the beautiful ruins of the fort. But, the moment they would start to roll, some or the other untoward event would happen and mess up the smooth functioning of the shoot. Things worsened when another day, Ulka Gupta, the lead of the show went missing from the sets and was later found at a tantrik's den who had cursed the beautiful fort centuries ago. At sunrise the next day, the unit hunted her down at the same place where she lay in an unconscious state and was taken to the hospital. “I wanted to get over my fear as my last visit to Bhangarh was a bit traumatizing. Thankfully nothing happened this time. But the eerie, cold and creepy feeling was too powerful to ignore. You get goose bumps the moment you step inside the fort! There is some unnatural element in the Bhangarh Fort for sure. Thanks to the Fear Files team who took extra care of me...I had a pleasant and safe stay this time! I hope the audiences enjoy the episode,” said Ulka Gupta. 

Nandish Sandhu Hugs & kisses
Uttran celebrated its 1000 episodes recently as Rashami Desai Sandhu re-entered the show. We hear that at the celebration party Nandish Sandhu was showered by hugs and kisses the minute he entered the party.  Our source informs us, “From the minute Nandish walked into the party he was surrounded by the whole team of Uttran.  Everyone was so overwhelmed to see him after such a long time.” 

The whole team wants him to return to the show! Looks like Nandish is in demand but we wonder if the actor will follow suit and return back to the show when he’s already got his kitty full with Phir Subah Hogi.

Sooraj the saviour
In the upcoming episodes of Star Plus' Diya Aur Baati Hum, Sooraj (Anas Rashid) will find a way to enroll Sandhya (Deepika Singh) in a college. He vows not to let Sandhya's entire year go waste and enrolls her in a night college. But without telling Bhabho (Neelu Waghela) as he wanted to fulfill Sandhya's dream.

Shop till you drop

Actor Aamir Dalvi loves to shop and he is never tired, be it t-shirts or accessories. He fears, if he loses one he can always use the other.

Missing wifey!
Aamir Ali, who is happily married to Sanjeeda Sheikh, is juggling between the two shows that he has currently namely Sony TV’s Hongey Judaa Na Hum and SAB TV’s FIR and is shooting day and night.

“Well, I am totally tied up. It’s been 50 days that I am shooting continuously. Though I am tired but at the same time love my job. At times, I don’t get time to sleep or be with Sanjeeda. Here, I must say that my wife is very understanding.” 

Harshad Chopra Knot worthy
The buzz is that Harshad Chopra and Sriti Jha who are co-stars in Life OK's Dil Se Di Dua Saubhagyavati Bhava are in love and have decided to tie the knot. They apparently kept their love a secret and now have got serious. But ask Sriti this and she says, it is false news.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is November 15...

On this birthday, enjoy the light-hearted mood. Lunch on birthday with siblings will lift up your spirits. There can be a relationship that brings much joy into your life – a connection that puts a spring in your step. More freedom will be necessary in existing partnerships. Stale or lifeless routines and dynamics in your relationships will no longer be tolerated.

Your social life continues to be strong in 2013-14, but there is more focus on quality now. Some of you will be faced with decisions between more than one ‘person’ for a partner! Communication as well as learning continues to be areas of evolution and change in your life. Your power of influence runs exceptionally high - others are truly listening to what you have to say. You will be communicating about matters that you previously kept very much to yourself and this will be a relief. You will also find great pleasure in research or other serious study. Shifts in the distribution and sources of income are also likely this year.

Timely setting of goals is the key in 2013, whether with your boss, subordinates or team. Don't shy away from taking charge; others will be either grateful or impressed that you're driving the process. Then, position yourself to contribute to the creative aspects of projects and planning.

Work autonomously as relationships with those around you won’t be great. Do things your way. Time is on your side. Getting there should be half-the-fun. You can avoid frustration if you reassure every one of your true intentions. If you refuse to give up you will get to where you want, but do not make the mistake of becoming so determined that you lose sight of the beauty around you.

Be practical about spending money. Elder members of the family need 'extra attention', especially in-laws, parents or grandparents. Children need strong guidance. Investments made in 2012 will bring gradual profits. Your ability to stand out in public will bring you popularity and recognition. Some friends will bite into your personal or family time 'at the last minute’. Your health will generally be fine throughout; you should try to make best use of your mental abilities and your enthusiasm.

Aim high - you'll find it's never too late to learn something new. Good fortune is likely: consider buying a lottery ticket or join the office pool.

Mood: Too easily 'blind-sided' at times
Compatible signs: Scorpio, Capricorn
Lucky colours: Yellow, Sky-blue
Lucky days: Tuesday, Wednesday
Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 21, 25, 80

Vidya Sinha You share your birthday with Vidya Sinha (November 15, 1947, Mumbai), who began her career as a model. She did her first movie Raja Kaka opposite Kiran Kumar. Later she did movies like Choti Si Baat (1975) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (1977). She is currently seen on prime time soaps like

Zaara, Bhabhi etc.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: You start the day on a philosophical note. Do not jump to conclusions in haste. Not a good day for forming partnerships. Ventures may fail when associates withdraw support. Savings may get used up. Tarot message: Learn to accept responsibility for yourself and others. 

Lucky colour: Mauve.
Magic number: 25

TAURUS: Kids keep you busy. A few people could be making waves today. You will not be able to have things your own way. Marital difficulties can be eased through a mutual friend who might be able to put the issue into perspective. Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 44

GEMINI: Do what you can to improve your relationship with your spouse. It is a sensitive day for joint financial affairs. A personal project may have to be put aside for the sake of a social commitment. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power.

Lucky colour: Peach.
Magic number: 30

CANCER: Money problem will continue to trouble; keep calm even if people around you are losing their heads. A spiritual approach to the day will suit you best. Rethink tactics and strategies. Tarot message: Do not divest assets or transact in uncertain matters. 

Lucky colour: Orange. 
Magic number: 47

LEO: Students suffer from lack of activities. Start making the changes you keep talking about — a new diet chart, an exercise regimen, quitting smoking or dating a new person. An unsatisfactory relationship will come to an end. Tarot message: Lay emphasis on spiritual needs. 

Lucky colour: Yellow. 
Magic number: 51

VIRGO: The card The Lovers signifies that a friendly and helpful atmosphere surrounds you. People are likely to be drawn to you now, so dress to impress. You might clash with a partner or friend over a difference of opinion. Tarot message: You gain by being practical. 

Lucky colour: Black. 
Magic number: 63

LIBRA: Your ambitions will be realised if you use your connections. Don’t make a secret of your aims, as they will manifest. A romance might have reached the stage of moving in together.

Tarot message: You will be happier if you retain the fruits of your hardwork. 

Lucky colour: Metallic-grey. 
Magic number: 52.

SCORPIO: Keep a clear mind, as you are likely to face challenges. If you get confused, nothing will work out. Colleagues can sound knowledgeable, but in fact that is only half the picture. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by not exploiting a contact. 

Lucky colour: Red. 
Magic number: 50

SAGITTARIUS: Give attention to little jobs today. Taxation matters will get adjourned. Check all information regarding legal matters. You may easily get into a depression. Tarot message: Consolidate your gains instead of throwing security to the winds.

Lucky colour: Brown. 
Magic number: 56

CAPRICORN: Avoid gossip; you might hear something you would rather not. Your creative juices are flowing. A class in music, dance or theatre will keep busy. Your popularity is on the rise. Tarot message: Frankness and ability to state the truth are your strong points. 

Lucky colour: Crimson.
Magic number: 33

AQUARIUS: Unstable influences suggest uncertainty; be relaxed. Be compassionate and try not to judge harshly. Take a moment to be grateful for the small things that make everyday life so rewarding.

Tarot message: Avoid frictions with business partners. 

Lucky colour: Pink.  
Magic number: 41

PISCES: Any change made at work or in your job will bring favourable results. Domestic wrangles are sorted out. Do not take people on face value. Powerful emotions can ruffle your sense of calm. Tarot message: Your aims, ideas and opinion matter a lot.

Lucky colour: Peach.
Magic number: 30

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