Sho(r)t in the arm
Jasmine Singh

The genre of short films is not easy. Yet more and more directors of Punjabi films are veering towards it. Some due to the inflated budgets of commercial films while a few for creative reasons...

Nooran bags an entry in the Cannes Film Festival; Suhe Phull gets a special screening at International Film Festival in Canada and gets a space at South Asian Film Festival. Earlier, Aatu Khoji, a short film directed by Rajeev Sharma in 2011, won great reviews.

With the budgets of commercial Punjabi films flaring up in impossible proportions and yet getting nothing in the name of profit, filmmakers are definitely forced to think about alternatives. One possible solution, lying closeby is putting a check on budgets, bringing it down to a safe limit. And the other, of course, is making short films that can be taken around to film festivals. Slowly, yet at a decent pace, a few dedicated filmmakers are already treading the short route, garnering acclaim for their films.

Also, looking at the present scenario where right from the directors, actors and writers are trying to fleece extra bucks, short films will certainly bail the industry out. At the same time, a short film also requires the same dedication, in fact, much more than that required for a commercial film.

No shortcuts

Many filmmakers in the past have attempted short films on fictional stories, but due to lack of exposure they couldn't promote it well. The scenario is changing slowly. Filmmaker Navtej Sandhu has taken his short film Nooran to the Cannes Film Festival. "When people mention 'oh short film' they make it sound like a child's play. On the contrary, cutting a short film is more challenging and risky than making a commercial Punjabi film."

Navtej Sandhu's Nooran is based on Balwant Gargi's story and has Sardar Sohi in the lead role. First, finding a right story that has elements of sensitivity and viability; then looking for people who will agree to be a part of a short film is a big challenge. Nishawn Bhullar, called the Irrfan Khan of Punjabi film industry, started his career with award-winning film Nabar and is now travelling to various film festivals with his short film Suhe Phull. "My friends were against the idea that I should work in an art kind of film or even a short film. They thought it would spoil my market," he laughs. "Since, money is a huge factor, most actors have second thoughts before taking it up," adds the actor, who is receiving a lot of acclaim internationally.

Small risk

In a commercial Punjabi film, where a producer lavishly throws away Rs 5-7 crores and doesn't get a penny back, he still takes the loss in his stride. But a short film is surrounded by many risks. First, it is a task to find someone who would invest in a film that is not a comedy!

Rajeev Sharma, one of the first directors to have shown dedication for short film, sounds positive. "Marathi cinema is doing well; they are making small budget movies that are getting critical acclaim as well as money." Rajeev made Aatu Khoji in Rs one lakh.

"Budget wasn't a problem; in fact the film got a lot of appreciation from the NRI audience, so we recovered the money. Therefore, we have market as well as audience for short films. The risk, however, in my case is different; we need stronger content for short films, they shouldn't all look the same like they do in commercial Punjabi films. Also short films don't have a distributorship; I guess with time it will, till then short filmmakers should keep their dedication intact," says the director who is in the process of making another short film on a Dalit family.

Mandeep Singh Aujla's 10-minute film Aab is considered technologically very sound. It was shot in Delhi and the Mandeep coordinated the shoot sitting in Canada, through phone applications such as Skype and Whatsapp. The story of an impending water crisis, Aab stands out for using the latest software for special effects. The film, shot over 45 days using 13,000 Canadian dollars, includes Amar Noorie, Jasbir Jassi and Raj Mishra in its cast.

Going places

Short films are now making rounds of film festivals; they have audience and content both, but finance still remains an issue. Amardeep Gill's short film Sutta Naag is based on Sahitya Akademi Award winner Ram Sarup Ankhi's 1963 short story by the same name, which didn't get financers. "Since I couldn't find producers for his film, I decided to make a short film," he says. Sutta Naag is based on a woman's deep-seated love for a man she couldn't get married to and the events that follow when she realises her husband is the murderer of her lover. The 43-minute film has actors Kul Sidhu, Raj Joshi, Gurnam Sidhu, Sohaj Brar, Dharminder Kaur and Jagtar Aulakh. The film is made with a budget of Rs 3.5 lakh and half of its finances have poured in from Amardeep's fans abroad. "The film also premiered at the PIFF this year and I am planning to send it to upcoming film festivals in India too, apart from releasing its DVD soon," he says.

Crop it right
Amarjot Kaur

The crop top is chic and sophisticated, but there are a few things that one needs to be careful about to avoid a fashion faux pas. Here's looking into them

The sight of a painfully tight cropped top on a rather well-endowed woman and the hurt that the sight caused was motivation enough to write on how to wear a cropped top — the fashion style that owes its origin to the pop culture of the late 80s and early 90s.

While this trend came a full circle last summer, it is still doing the rounds on the shelves of some extremely fancy brands. From the city streets to the runways at Jill Stuart and Michael Kors and even Priyanka Chopra, everyone seems to be taking very fondly to this trend.

When done right, the crop top is sexy, chic, and sophisticated, but there is no doubt that it does come with some warning tags and is quite a tough one to pull off. If hearing the word crop top conjures up scary images of belly-baring 90s pop-stars, you're not alone! It's certainly not the easiest trend to style and it takes a somewhat daring fashion sense (not to mention atoned tummy). However, pulling off the crop top does not have to be so intimidating. For one thing, a crop top does not automatically mean a bared belly button! There are plenty of ways to style a crop top so that you are showing only a demure hint of skin and not your whole stomach.

Here are a few tips for wearing a crop top in a right way.

All about proportions

Thinkstock photos

When Coco Channel says that fashion is like architecture and it is all a matter of proportions, her idea might as well be extended to the understanding of cropped tops. To strike a balance with your tinier top, it is recommended that one wears a high-waist skirt or high-rise trousers. "You can wear high-waist jeans or palazzos or high-waist skirt with a cropped top if you have a pear-shaped Indian figure," says Priyanka Khosla, the owner of Priyanka Khosla Fashion Studio in Sector 8. She suggests that if one is a little too plump, a five-inch broad belt, teamed with the cropped top will give it a perfect look. "Also, that way one can show only a sliver of skin, which can keep this trend lady-like," adds Priyanka.

Pair theory

"The key to pulling off a crop top is pairing it with a more conservative bottom. Since the pencil skirt is the epitome of sleek and sophisticated style, I love how it looks with a crop top," says Swati Shrivastava, Delhi-based fashion designer. Tanya Saggi, a fashion student at Pearl Fashion Academy, shares that wearing a boxy, cropped tee is a little less scary than a skin-tight top. "I am really thin and the idea of fitting into a tight-fitted cropped top seemed a little bizarre. I think boxy cropped tops work really well for women who are not bust heavy, as it adds volume to the figure," she says.

Layer it up

If your tummy feels too exposed with a bare midriff, try layering an open cardigan, jacket or blazer over your top, so that only a hint of skin is showing in the front. "Not only will this make you feel a little more covered up, but it's also a great way to keeping this look 'weather appropriate' during the cooler spring months," says Sonal Manik, a Chandigarh-based fashion designer. She adds that the look of a cropped top with a crisp button-down shirt underneath can be pulled off by anyone, regardless of flat abs or not.

Star track
All for the sake of love...

The unit of Ek Villain created snow for a romantic sequence in the Galliyan song from the film, and that too, at a bungalow on the outskirts of Mumbai. Sidharth Malhotra's character (Guru) expresses his love for Shraddha Kapoor's (Aisha) by fulfilling one of her wishes of wanting to enjoy snow-fall.

Director Mohit Suri, fresh out of the success of Aashiqui-2, wanted the sequence to be a visual treat for the audience. Several tonnes of ice were called for to create the snow depicted in the sequence. Considering the heat in Mumbai, the ice kept rapidly melting and fresh stocks had to be re-ordered up until the sequence was wrapped.

Confirms Mohit, "The Galliyan song is about everything a man would do for a woman whom he's hopelessly in love with. He fulfils all her wishes — dancing with butterflies, touching the first snow and more."

A strange request

In one of her upcoming projects Take It Easy, a family drama Dipannita Sharma has been asked to put on a great deal of weight as she plays the role of a mother and homemaker. This is one of the very few instances in Bollywood where an actress has been asked to do a reverse of the usual trend of shedding weight.

The supermodel and diva who's always been admired for her close to perfect physique is for the first time in her illustrious 16 year old career facing such a request. Keeping in mind her affinity to keep her weight in check, Dipannita has been trying really hard to gain some weight and only managed to put on three kilograms in the last two months which hardly shows on camera. For the initial bit of the filming this was camouflaged by the Indian wear she was styled in, but now the next leg has been put on hold and the shoot has been stopped for over a month as Dipannita and the entire production has been put on hold till Dipannita reaches the aim to put on 6-8 more kilograms.

Now the only concern this diva faces is, is the fact that now when she does put on more weight all her modelling assignments will have to be put on hold. Not only will this affect her modelling career temporarily but has cost Dipannita loss of several assignments. She has decided to go ahead with it as she feels that for the film as a whole is essential for her to take this decision.

Wedding on hold

Actress Angelina Jolie has no immediate plans to marry fiance and actor Brad Pitt. The reason, she says, is that she has no dress for the D-day! The duo has been engaged for over two years now.

"Nothing is ready. I don't have a dress, noting that the big day matters to us in a very private way, but we also understand that we're public people," the 38-year-old was quoted as saying.

The actress and Pitt, 50, are parents to Maddox, 12, Pax, ten, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and twins Knox and Vivienne, five. Jolie said that she and Pitt are discussing their marriage with their children to understand how they imagine the wedding day to be. — IANS

Sonakshi shifts gears

Actress Sonakshi Sinha who garnered positive reviews for her performance in Lootera and is now gearing up for the release of Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, says she has recently signed a new project, which is women-oriented.

"I have now signed a new film which has a women-oriented subject. I am quite excited about that project, but I'm not allowed to talk about it till the producers make an official announcement," Sonakshi said.

Asked if the movie is a remake of a southern film, she said: "Wait till the announcement."

The actress says she received varied offers after her strong performance in Lootera. "I was approached for many films post Lootera, but I didn't feel strongly about them. Lootera was written for me, but the other offers that I got post Lootera were not convincing," she said.

Her new movie Holiday, directed by AR Murugadoss, features Akshay Kumar as the male lead. — IANS

Back on track

Amit Sadh may have hit a roadblock a few months back due to his leg injury. But the young actor is now determined to make up in more ways than one to compensate for the lost time. Despite his recovery period, the actor has successfully managed to complete his important schedule of Guddu Rangeela. Not wanting to delay the project any further, the shoot was recently concluded in Wai near Mumbai. Amit is extremely thankful to the crew and the team to be cooperative. He recently said in a statement, "At first I wasn't happy because I knew I wouldn't be able to work for a while. During my recovery, I learnt a lot. I believe if you just take the positives from even a bad situation, it will only help you develop. Everyone has been very supportive, all the cast and crew, especially Subhash Sir and they've all taken good care of me since my return on the sets".

Reel versus real

Actress Pathraleka makes her Bollywood debut with Hansal Mehta's latest film Citylight. She is paired opposite her real life boyfriend and National Award Winner Rajkummar Yadav.

Talking about the lovemaking scenes, she says, "There are a few lovemaking scenes but I would not call them bold because it's an integral part of the storytelling. I didn't have any apprehensions because I knew the script. Hansal Sir was directing it. I had seen his body of work and I exactly knew what he wanted out of it."

Ask whether she was comfortable during the lovemaking scenes, she replies, "Shooting lovemaking scenes with Rajkummar wasn't easy. I don't know why it would be easy if it was Rajkummar or XYZ because there are people who are seeing you and it's being filmed. It's a personal zone you are getting into. And ultimately it will be shown on the big screen. But Hansal Sir made me comfortable. He asked everyone to leave except the key people who were required for the shoot."

Look who loves gulab jamun!

Scarlett Johansson has one of the most envious bodies in Hollywood. Regarded as one of the sexiest woman alive today, Scarlett doesn't seem to always be counting calories in her food. She candidly confessed that "I look forward to putting on some weight very soon so that I won't have to worry about my looks and being glamorous all the time".

And if her love for Indian sweets on the sets of her movie Chef is anything to go by then certainly Scarlett is not willing to keep her weight in check. Since the film revolves around everything to do with food, the crew and cast on the sets have literally tried every specialty from every cuisine around the world. Coming to Indian food it seems Scarlett found a great fondness for gulab jamun. She was quoted saying, "Wow! What is this? This is perhaps the best thing I have ever had".

Scarlett Jo has also reportedly been recommending our great Indian dessert to everybody she knows; and also made everybody on set savour the sweet.

Style tips from Sophie

Sophie Choudry is well known for her music, item numbers, sex-appeal and style statements. She exchanges a few notes on style and fashion

Wardrobe essentials: I feel that, in addition to a little black dress, a little red dress is essential too. It makes you feel superb and lifts up your mood. A pair of well-fitted jeans, a jacket, nude pumps and good lingerie are must-haves too.

Shapes and colours: I love wearing clothes that flatter my shape and accentuate the waist because I am curvy and I love it. I love clothes in red, blue, coral, pink and black.

Regular wear: When I am at home and doing regular things, I live in jeans and tops. I have thirty different pairs of jeans. When I go for events, I wear skirts, dresses and gowns.

Shoe-fetish: I have a shoe fetish and own around 200 pairs of shoes, all neatly kept in their boxes. I love boots and ballerinas but stilettos are my favourite. Shoes can make or break your outfit.

Bagging everything: My day bag has everything from my phone, hair brush, iPad, mobile phone, wallet, perfume and a small makeup pouch. My clutch barely accommodates a phone, credit card and a lipstick.

When Kanu Behl met Monica Bellucci

Kanu Behl's Titli, which was screened at the recent Cannes Film Festival and selected under the Un Certain Regard Category, seems to have got some international mileage in the process.

The director of Titli, Kanu Behl was elated to have got a chance to briefly interact with the Italian model and actress, Monica Bellucci.

He was not expecting her and was pleasantly surprised. Kanu and Monica discussed world cinema at the closing party of the festival. Monica has been a part of films like The Matrix Reloaded and Malena, among many others. She was also in talks with the late director Jagmohan Mundhra for his biopic on Sonia Gandhi. She is a fan of Shah Rukh Khan.

When contacted Kanu, he said, "I met Monica at the closing party. It was interesting to know that she's been following Indian cinema avidly and has been wanting to be a part of it, one way or the other. She was charming, articulate and funny. I had a great time catching up with her."

The woman in gold

Actress Katie Holms is set to join Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in Woman In Gold. Also starring Daniel Bruhl and Antje Traue, the film is directed by Simon Curtis and scripted by Alexi Kaye and Alex Campbell, reported a publication. The film's story is set in 1998 and follows a holocaust survivor who solicits the help of her newly minted lawyer grandson to help her sue the Swiss government to get back priceless artwork stolen by the Nazis. — PTI

No more hung-over

Deepika Padukone has moved on from the phenomenal success that she enjoyed in 2013 with consecutive blockbusters. Her upcoming projects are Finding Fanny Fernández and Happy New Year this year.

What’s a star without tantrums!

Bipasha Basu has been throwing star tantrums lately. She has been skipping the promotional events of Humshakals as she feels that she is not getting her due. While the makers feel that she is unnecessarily creating a fuss.

A bagful of blessings

Pankaj Kapur got a Mercedes car from Shahid Kapur on his birthday and his wife Supriya Pathak gave him 153 assorted gifts. He turned 60 recently. The celebration was at Villa 69 in Juhu, suburban Mumbai.

Over to the greener pastures

Ali Fazal is going places and by that we mean Hollywood. He has already bagged a role in The Fast and The Furious 7 and has also auditioned for a role in the television series Homeland.

Yet another club track

Take a look at the still from the song Saturday Saturday from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

A brief introduction

R Balki's next film, starring Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan, has been titled Shamitabh. It is the launch vehicle for Akshara Hassan.

A helping hand…

Gurleen Chopra (extreme left)

Business houses all over the Globe carry out benevolent works to uplift economically backward classes. It is however, rare to see a small business taking on this Social responsibility. This has happened here in Chandigarh where students from underprivileged segments of society, are being given free vocational training by Tressed Up Academy, in association with Indola Professions. Chandigarh, which has emerged as a centre of training in education and other vocational fields had attracted Tressed Up Academy, in association with Indola Professions, last year. Accordingly an Academy was set up at Manimajra. Within a short span of time, Mehboob Khan, director, Tressed-Up Chain of Saloons, has taken the initiative towards social responsibility.

Punjabi Actress Gurleen Chopra and Chandigarh's ex mayor Kamlesh were present at the announcement of this noble step, which was made in an event which saw participation of the beneficiary students. Children who will be trained free of cost belong to GMSSS — Manimajra, Chandigarh. The event also saw Tressed Up's management throwing open its doors for admissions to its unique courses related to Hair Designing and Beauty. According to Mehboob Khan, Director, Tressed Up Saloons (Tricity), "We are offering Hair/Beauty/Make Up Combined Courses. Gel Polish + Nail Art is another course which is in demand. We have solo courses like Hair, Make Up and beauty too of different durations. What's more, there is an option of foreign training also after a Full course. The programmes will start from June 1."

Says Heena Khan, CEO, Tressed Up Saloons, "We have launched our new programme; through this social project. We are now training and grooming youngsters in this art. Hair dressing is a good career option for youngsters in this modern era. It is our endeavour to customise various types of training courses for aspirants." — TNS

One-stop shop

Move next: Nagesh Basavanhalli, president, FIAT (L)
Move next: Nagesh Basavanhalli, president, FIAT (L)

Fiat Group Automobiles India Private Limited (FGAIPL), the fully owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has Punjab as a part of its K2K Passion Tour. Senior Company officials will be travelling with the Fiat team to multiple locations across the country as part of the K2K Passion Tour as a mark of commitment to every part of India.

Fiat is going aggressive to cater neighbourhood districts with its All-In-One Camp, which comprises of ride and drive event, service camp, exchange and new product display. The company is increasing consumer interface with hub and spoke model of operation as part of its commitment to strengthen footprint in tier II and III towns.

Fiat has an exciting line up of products for 2014. Company has launched brand New Linea and will be coming out with New Punto soon. Avventura, a contemporary utility vehicle (CUV) will be making its global debut in India. Company is also launching the Abarth brand with Abarth 500 aggressive with plans this year and intend to reach out to all our fans who have supported for the excellent products that roll out. Punjab is an important market for Fiat Group.

Fiat has made its presence felt strongly in India by opening 112 dealerships across the country in just a span of one year and wants to establish 150 dealerships by 2014 end. Fiat India unveiled 3 cars at Auto Expo this year with an intention to bring the same to the country this year. FIAT has recently launched the New Linea in Mumbai. The launch of the Avventura and Abarth 500 is slated in the later part of the year.

FIAT India has also associated with Jaipur Foot, an organisation that enables mobility to the differently abled. The company has pledged to support individuals by sponsoring artificial limbs to ensure their freedom for mobility. — TNS

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: You draw 'Two of cups' that suggests relationships will be in the limelight today. There can be some conflicts due to stubbornness, ego, pride, envy or self-centeredness.

Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended.

Lucky colour: Ebony.

Magic number: 25.

TAURUS: Focus on your budget and plan a long-term savings strategy. Don't let the monotony of work get to you, as there will be some interesting tasks later in the evening.

Tarot message: Play your cards close to your chest.

Lucky colour: Red.

Magic number: 42.

GEMINI: Love and romance will be highlighted today. The situation at home will be peaceful and calm. In certain relationships, you will need to be extra-patient and not form hasty opinions.

Tarot message: Take no chances despite the assurance of people.

Lucky colour: Yellow.

Magic number: 52.

CANCER: 'The queen of cups' says that communication will continue to be vital today. There will be some delays and postponements, especially before the middle of the day. Finances and health will remain stable.

Tarot message: Don't reveal your plan of action. Lucky colour: Royal blue. Magic number: 29.

LEO: Work and professional endeavours will be the highlight today. Have faith in your abilities and everything will be possible. Relationships will deepen and become stronger.

Tarot message: Be creative to retain a grip over your business.

Lucky colour: Crimson.

Magic number: 33.

VIRGO: Many of you will form new relationships and associations that will benefit you, personally and professionally. Finances will be good, since there will be some windfall towards the end of the day. Tarot message: A positive and caring attitude heals old wounds.

Lucky colour: Pale yellow.

Magic number: 65.

LIBRA: Lovers, friends as well as partners will be quite aggressive and demanding, wanting to know your whereabouts and the reasons for your behaviour.

Tarot message: Plan your life better to avoid delays.

Lucky colour: Green.

Magic number: 60.

SCORPIO: Your mental, physical and emotional states will be in equilibrium. Your confidence will be on a high and at work you would be open to taking on more challenges as well as responsibilities. Tarot message: Strive for perfection at work.

Lucky colour: Golden brown.

Magic number: 36.

SAGITTARIUS: The increase in the flow of money will continue, especially since Venus will enter your sign. Emotions will be particularly sensitive.

Tarot message: Be sure of involving yourself as much as possible in a new project.

Lucky colour: Crimson.

Magic number: 50.

CAPRICORN: The time is just right to put everything in perspective and remove the element of chaos that has been prevalent for some time. Splurging should be avoided today.

Tarot message: Do not leave things to chance.

Lucky colour: Turquoise.

Magic number: 57.

AQUARIUS: There will be a flow of ideas, communication and emotions today. Therefore you will be able to come closer to your spouse or partner as well as other family members. Tarot message: Don't be too certain about obtaining a clearance.

Lucky colour: White.

Magic number: 63.

PISCES: Business people can face some conflict of interest with partners. At home, you will have to help out a younger relation with some work and also be supportive towards others.

Tarot message: Think more about longterm interests.

Lucky colour: Silver grey.

Magic number: 44.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 1...

Being number 1, you are a natural leader; independent and individualistic. You are extremely ambitious, original and courageous. You employ new methods this year. You are an explorer and an innovator. Openness to too many peripheral influences limits and frustrates you. You are self-reliant, confident and energetic. You'll be favoured by the stars this year, especially if you work for yourself. If you are an employee, you'll find a way to clarify your situation. Something is not working in your relationship and you'll feel a strong desire for a momentary break to reflect on your future. The year, you will enjoy good financial health. Complete rest is advised for those suffering from acute asthma or hypertension.

Positive colours: Golden, Red, Brown, Cream.

Select days: Sunday, Monday.

Favourable numbers: 1, 4, 2, 7.

Gems recommended: Yellow Sapphire, Red Coral.

Charity on birthday: Donate wheat or gur to the needy.

You share your birthday with R Madhavan, originally Madhavan Ranganathan, (June 1, 1970, Jamshedpur,) who began his acting career after marriage. He has received several Filmfare Awards. Madhavan will continue to succeed till 2020.

chatter box
Rock ‘n’ roll

Dance along: Bharti Singh

In the upcoming special episode of DID Lil Masters Season 3, the undisputed queen of stand-up comedy Bharti Singh added tadka of her trademark humour. She brought the floor down with their funny antics, which made everyone roll on the floor with unstoppable laughter.

From dressing up as a Punjabi lady and making master Marzi and Shaimak dance to her tunes to dressing as a trophy and asking the Lil Masters and judge Ahmed Khan to lift her, this bundle of talent thrilled and entertained everyone with her side splitting punches. Bharti never ceases to amaze even for a second as she surprised everyone by professing her love for Master Marzi.

She took entertainment to an all new level as she appeared dressed as a Punjabi version of Vidya Balan's iconic character Majulika and danced on Mere Dholna with the skippers and had everyone in splits with her killer expressions and unbelievable moves. Sharing her experience shooting for the special episode, Bharti said, "I can't even express in words the amazing experience I had on the show. From the judges to the skippers to our cute l'il masters, everyone on the sets appreciated and loved me so much that I would like to come back again on DID to perform".

The devil’s take...

Wrestling a saltwater crocodile, wrangling a deadly inland Taipan or milking a Funnel-web spider to make anti-venom; it's all in a morning's work for reptile park operations manager and wildlife expert Tim Faulkner. Then there's the giant Galapagos tortoise to weigh, the baby wombat to feed, the flying fox to rescue and a new species of native bird to discover. That still leaves time in this passionate conservationist's day to release a blue- tongued lizard, tag a wild platypus and save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction. Welcome to the wildlife of Tim Faulkner. Premiering June 1, Animal Planet brings a new television series following the daily adventures of Australian wildlife expert, Tim Faulkner in Australian Reptile Park and beyond. Airing every night at 9 pm in June, each episode of The Wildlife Of Tim Faulkner captures his amazing energy, not only at the Reptile Park, but high in the hills of Devil Ark in NSW Barrington Tops, trapping rogue crocodiles in the Northern Territory and tagging wild platypus in their natural habitat.

Tim Faulkner describes his real passion as "Australian wildlife, their management within zoos, the education of people who visit the zoos and their conservation within their natural habitat." Tim is playing an important role in the Tasmanian devil mainland breeding program, the Devil Ark. The iconic Tasmanian devil is nearing extinction from the devil facial tumour disease.

Hit it

This week Encounter is all set to narrate the infamous tale of the Girish Sinha gang, who marched their way from Bihar to Mumbai only with one desire to become the top gangster group in Mumbai.

The episode will showcase famous actors, Rohit Purohit and Piyush Sahdev in their most challenging roles ever. With the increasing police raids and betrayals from close ones, Girish took a major step and involved his mother Maya and sister Geeta in the gang who then continued the business of contract killing and collecting extortion. All the evil deeds of Sinha family come to an end when an informer helps Inspector Anil Barve with the encounter of Girish.

Talking about his experience on portraying the character of Rohit Purohit, Girish Sinha, said, "It's a kind of a role which I have wanted to play since a long time. Playing the character of an 80's gangster was very challenging and I have tried my best to be as realistic as possible." Commenting on his experience Piyush Sahdev said, "It was a different and wonderful experience doing Encounter. The strong storyline compelled me to take up the offer. I was extremely excited to portray the role of Anil Barve as I have tried my best to give this character a different shade and I hope audience will love my work". The episode will also feature some of the prominent actors who will add to the drama quotient in this action packed episode.

Laughter riot

What happens when two comedy veterans come on the most coveted Entertainment platform ever? Its 'pagalpanti' twofold and that's exactly what happened when two of the best comedians from the stage of Comedy Circus Krushna Abhishek and Kapil Sharma were seen together once again. It so happened that Kapil Sharma landed on the sets of Sony TV's Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega to meet his comedy circus friend Krushna Abhishek who is currently hosting the show. Both demonstrated their extremely pagalpanti and the result was a laughter rumble by not just the audience but the judges as well.

Star power

Diya Aur Baati Hum is not only the number one show in the country where ratings are concerned but also a huge inspiration to people. According to a survey done by a matrimonial site, the show has influenced Indian families as they believe such stories empower women.

The role goes to

Though Shakti Arora has bagged the role of the male lead in Ekta Kapoor's new Colors show, Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi, sources claim Shaleen Malhotra, Kinshuk Mahajan and Mohit Sehgal were also vying for the same. But as the role was of a driver's son, the creatives wanted a simple looking guy thus they chose Shakti.

All is not well

Veteran actress Sudha Shivpuri who played the famous role of Baa in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, has been keeping unwell. The 75-year-old was hospitalised for a long while.

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