From small town to big screen
With stars in their eyes and a dream in their hearts and a prayer on their lips, tentatively but confidently these actors from the region knocked the doors of
Bollywood. They share their journey to Maximum City
these men and women hailing from small towns of Punjab and Haryana are
stars in their own right shining and basking in the glory of
limelight. Coming from relatively obscure places, a few from the
relatively more chic Chandigarh yet nowhere close to a metro, they
share their trek to success.
Randeep Hooda believes you cannot take the town out of a man
'ART & SOUL
A unique tribute
Chandralekha’s innovative choreography explored the ideas of time and space. Great dancers, choreographers, theatre directors, scholars and writers come together to pay an uncommon homage to this dancer-thinker
I have walked half
the distance. Now I’d like to tell the audience that you should walk
half the distance towards me. Because the time has come: I have
finished my walk towards you; it is your turn to walk. Then only will
we understand each other.
Advice for young
dancers? Young dancers shouldn’t see themselves as young. They
should see themselves as ancient women of this country. And they
should see that there is so much ancient knowledge here, a whole lot
of knowledge, and they should
start from there. — Chandralekha,
Ayurveda has identified three body types or doshas which we are born with. Each dosha demonstrates certain
behaviour, unique to that body type. As doshas rule our
behaviour, it is important to keep these in balance
your body type is the most important step towards achieving better
health because your constitution tells you how nature intends you to
eat and live. Knowing your body type helps you to know your particular
predisposition to disease. You can then take appropriate steps to nip
the disease in the bud.
Overcoming dental anxiety
Dr Aman Dhillon
Scared of the
worry; you are not alone as most of us have experienced some
anxiety at the sound of the dental drill,
the scraping of the tools and the thought of getting an
injection in the mouth or gums.
Smartphones may cause rise in myopia
If smartphones have made our lives easier, there is a flip
side too — they cause vision impairment, says a leading laser
eye surgeon. Femalefirst.co.uk reports that surgeon David
Allambym has revealed that smartphones have caused cases of
myopia (short-sightedness) among young Britons to surge.
Structures have to be overhauled
Crimes against women have to be examined against the backdrop of rapid growth in the last decade and the varying access to the fruits of that development across the class divide
Mumbai rape seems to be a classic playing out of the rape of a young
professional woman in an urban wasteland which is a symbol of
unplanned economic growth, by local men, presumably without
employment, with criminal records (I am going by media reports here).
The frequency of rapes in urban public spaces of women who are
educated, successful, professional and mobile seems like a backlash
against the gains made by women through education and livelihood
Of pavilion, pier and pubs
never get bored of Brighton and its landmarks. If the Royal Pavilion
— the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV)
— does not enthral you, the Pier will.
Throw in gentrified
Regency squares, museums that appeal to mavericks and a clutch of
well-upholstered parks with conventional cafes attached — and you
have a city that truly caters for all tastes.
Rich Indian fare at Toronto
From a music-driven Bollywood love story to a daring, mould-breaking Punjabi tale about elemental human impulses, the upcoming Toronto International
Film Festival will showcase a wide range of Indian films
ends of the contemporary
Hindi cinema spectrum will receive red-carpet Gala treatment at the
upcoming 38th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). On the one
hand is Shuddh Desi Romance, an unconventional love story
produced by Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films banner; on the other is
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, an independent Mumbai film that
had its world premiere in the Cannes earlier this year.
‘Success comes when you are at peace’
Bachchan is all set for her post-motherhood comeback. However,
she is tight-lipped about the project. Excerpts from an
When are you
coming back on the silver screen?
I am reading
scripts and work is getting finalised. But I have always
maintained that it is the prerogative of my directors and
producers to make the official announcements. That is why I
never do it. Everybody has a plan and I respect the plans of the
people I work with.