Youth tube! 
Freedom of expression gets a new meaning as the young brigade takes to YouTube channels to voice their opinion. And they do know how to be serious in a funny way! 
Amarjot Kaur

A scene from Living in a Brown Family
family issue: A scene from Living in a Brown Family

Youngsters identify with racial problems in Living in a Brown Family.
fun intended: Youngsters identify with racial problems in Living in a Brown Family.

Most of you may agonise over the concerns of the youth, considering that their only fixation is their never-ending relationship with their phones and the reality shows on MTV, which are seasoned with not-so-seasoned words.

Now, here is a piece of news, the cult has shifted from the tube to YouTube! Just in case you are a little late to get on the bandwagon, go to YouTube and search for Superwoman, JusReign, AKA Amazing or AIB and probably, you may get an insight to the new generation youth!

While the Constitution of India gives every individual the right to freedom of speech and expression, it is only in the last couple of years, with the emergence of YouTube, that the youth has discovered an avenue to express their opinions and generate a response, hereby, getting the process of two-way communication. It's fun, it's interactive, it calls for the viewer's like and dislike vote and you may post a comment or read them if you are victim of curiosity, but all at your own risk!

After all, you're dealing with the youth. Here's taking a quick look at some of the most touted youth-oriented YouTube channels…

Funny? Not really

This Internet portal extends a new dimension to the identity of the youth, their problems, their concerns, and their views. And even though the videos may appear hilarious, there is an evident undertone of seriousness. It is their funny way of being serious! Take, for example, a scene from AKA Amazing's Living in a Brown Family, where the father shows his disapproval to his son befriending the blacks and the way he mocks the increasing paranoia of parents because of the media exposure as his father spills the news of a person being killed at Brampton over five times, narrating it from five different newspapers.

"Well, I think it is really funny way of expressing the generation gap that every child feels and I like the fact that it is against racism too," laughs Svati Saggi, a Chandigarh resident. Meanwhile, her sister echoes a similar sentiment, "I like Superwoman too, because she is quite quirky and I think every youngster can relate with her because what she says is so real and it happens to each one of us," says Tanya Saggi, a student of Pearl Fashion Academy.

Taking a dig

While one talks about the content, that determines the quality of the product, which in this case is the video, the recent offering from Aka Amazing is a video on internet police, which very playfully articulates the need for sifting the matter that is uploaded on internet. One may also consider a few videos by AIB, which are a sarcastic dig on the worst ads, lyrics, director, films, and debuts and stuff people do at Indian theatres and another video by JusReign on fairer and lovelier. Even the videos against rape and homophobia ridicule the mental vacuity of people as they banish to accept the social evils in our country.

"These videos are quite different from TV and that is what makes them interesting. Besides, they are meaningful and they truly explore the freedom of speech and expression," says Sukhjit Singh, the founder of a Chandigarh-based YouTube channel,

Celebrity quotient

For those of you who have not seen the latest video by Superwoman, which features the Bollywood Dhak-dhak girl Madhuri Dixit and AIB's videos against rape that features VJ Juhi and Kalki Koechlin, along with Imran Kahn's video on homophobia.

"I think it's good that a lot of actors are becoming a part of these YouTube channels as it helps them to connect with their audience and the youth too. Also, I think it is a good platform for the theatre artists, who can get on and make spoofs," says Vivek Saini, assistant director of the Punjabi film, Ishq Barandy.

Politically speaking

Taking the right to freedom of speech and expression on a completely new level, both, AIB and viralfevervideos have several spoofs on the recent elections. While AIB talks about the Rahul v/s Modi, thanking the Congress and making a parody of the film Nayak featuring Kejriwal, The viralfevervideos features a spoof on Arnab Goswami's interview with Arvind Kehjriwal.

"I think these channels give us a real picture because when we sit and talk about politicians, at home or with friends, this is exactly how we talk about them. So, it's cool and interesting. Also, they make us politically aware too," says Avinash Kaur Matharu, a student of masters in English and cultural studies, Panjab University. 

Show him the money, honey
With gender equality comes gender responsibility. Is the trend of women paying maintenance to their ex-husbands an indicator of women's emancipation? 

Raja Chaudhary
Raja Chaudhary

Shweta Tiwari
Shweta Tiwari

Britney Spears had to go through it. Madonna did it too! Jennifer Lopez also had to part with her millions, and the trend is now sweeping India in a big way. Ex-husbands seeking 'maintenance' is another arena opening up with gender equality slowly becoming a reality.

Marriage comes with the promise of sharing one's fortunes and misfortunes alike. When it breaks, it ends with heartache and an ugly legal battle that ensues in a country like ours where pre-nuptial agreements are still to catch on.

Alimony remained a major issue and most men came up with all kinds of pretexts to shirk that responsibility. But now with women playing a significant part in the workforce along with men, the legal separation looks at alimony in a new light.

"A man asking his wife for maintenance is viewed as emasculating in the present machismo-ridden culture but it seems to be changing to gender equality in the law of the future," says Malavika Rajkotia, leading advocate specialising in matrimonial matters, practicing in Delhi.

While women paying a huge sum to buy freedom from a failed marriage has been often seen in the West, very few cases have come to the public eye in our country. TV actress Shweta Tiwari's divorce with Bhojpuri star Raja Chaudhary is one such case wherein the husband demanded alimony. The matter got settled with Shweta Tiwari giving her Malad flat to Raja to end the five-year long legal battle.

"There are only two cases wherein the wife is to pay alimony- one where the husband is unable to support himself and secondly, when there's a huge difference between his earning and the wife's earning. There is a provision for a man getting alimony but it is rare. It is difficult for a man to prove that he needs his spouse to support him," says Malavika.

This trend is not prevalent only in metros or the higher strata of society. Ruchi Sekari, practicing advocate in Punjab and Haryana High Court, has seen many men asking for maintenance and expects the number to go up in the coming time. "The fabric of society is so tarnished and marital discord is on meteoric rise. In this belt of Punjab and Haryana, women are doing exceptionally well in different fields, while most men prefer to remain idle, doing little on the career front and failing to fulfil their responsibilities towards the family."

"One can say that a husband asking his wife for maintenance is likely to be on the rise," says Malavika. Agrees Ruchi, “In the current scenarios, wherein women achievers are on the rise and men losing out to them socially, professionally and even financially, men asking for maintenance at the time of separation is certainly going to be the reality.”

Material loss

  • In one of the highest pay outs ever, considerably richer than her screenwriter ex- husband Guy Ritchie, Material Girl Madonna is said to have parted way a fifth of her estimated $500 million net worth.
  • Britney Spears reportedly settled to pay her ex Kevin Federline $40,000 a month.
  • It's not happening just in the glamour world. Tennis ace player Martina Navratilova had supposedly given away $2.8 million to Toni Layton, her husband of eight years.
  • Closer home, TV actress Shweta Tewari parted with her flat in Mumbai suburb Malad to Raja Chaudhary before celebrating her single status with a grand party.

Punjabi Tadka
Young notes
A Kay, who rose to fame with his song Munda Iphone Warga, is happy that his parents are proud of his achievements
Jasmine Singh

His parents would often reprimand him for spending his studying hours in the recording studio, but he wasn't giving it up. Despite all this, A Kay made his television debut as a singer at the age of 18, making him the youngest in the Punjabi film industry to do so. And then came the track Munda Iphone Warga, which has over three million hits. Amrinder Singh Khokhar, or the A Kay as he has tagged himself, the young singer, is right now sure the one in demand!

This success has, however, not changed him a bit; he still talks whatever comes into his mind without worrying about how he is judged, he cannot be politically correct and he still has his heart at the right place. Here is A Kay unplugged!

A singer always

Not really, this has happened by chance. I was a cricketer and I would have played Ranji Trophy had I not turned to singing. I have no regrets; I love singing, I love music and the best part is that my singing has become a matter of pride for my parents.

The defining moment

The day I got a call from Speed Records, who wanted to sign me. I was new to all this; they had booked a hotel for us and everything. After that my life definitely changed for good.

Then & now

My parents never liked the idea that I was wasting my time singing since they wanted me to study. Today, when people tell them about me, and when they see me on TV, doing shows, they feel so good. More than this, today I can take them out for shopping and get them whatever they want. They have done so much for me and now it's my turn.

I dream of

Collaborating with Wiz Kahlifa and Nicki Minaj.

Drawing inspiration

From anywhere I can get. But I am touched to see how Gurdas Maan has graduated in life with his fan base intact. People still listen to him — he is the evergreen singer that I would want to be one day.

Get it live

I still remember performing at LPU Jalandhar in front of a crowd of 20,000 people who cheered me. My legs were trembling; I still managed to give a good performance… something that I am proud of.

Minutes before going live

I go dead quiet minutes before the performance. I sit in a corner quietly, close my eyes and relax. Even my friends and bouncers know this; so no one disturbs me.

That's my track

I am fond of listening to English music and I love to sing Punjabi. Kuriyan ya maape is my favourite track, something that I sung a long time back. It is a real song with real feelings.

pet passion
Emotional anchor
Amarjot Kaur

FAMILY TIME: Sonu Shergill with her pets From Kate Middleton's boisterous cocker spaniel puppy, Ludo, to Kate Moss's Staffordshire mix, Archie, stylish dogs are the cutest accessories to be seen with and perhaps, the most dependable too. Probably, the first of their kinds in the city, Sonu Shergill, who runs a boutique at her residence in Sector 10, owns a pair of Irish Setters, Zoee and Hazel, who welcome the guests at her humble abode, which is frequented by many people due to her rather engaging profession.

"Since I run a fashion boutique at my residence, it is always bustling with people, but one is seldom troubled by the presence of my three dogs that are exceptionally amiable," begins Sonu, who was gifted the breed by her cousin living in South India. "Over nine year ago, my cousin gifted me a pair of Irish Setters, when my mother passed away, and though they could not substitute for my loss, they did fill the emotional void to a very great extent," she says.

Close company

Sonu's pets look like a taller version of cocker spaniels and she maintains that they are only as much emotional as well as friendly. "They need their daily walks, bathing and brushing, but they are exceptionally affectionate and intelligent," says Sonu. She adds that the only person in the house who they bark at is the garbage collector because they think that he is taking something away from the house! Sonu considers her pets like her babies, and they are an integral part of the family. "I remember this one time that my dogs were sitting outside in winter and some lady was driving past our house when she noticed these four-legged beauties. Perhaps, she was not from around here and while backing her car, to take a closer look at the dogs, she rammed into my father-in-law's car because she forgot to look into the rear view mirror," she laughs. Sonu shares that her pets often accompany her for her late evening walks and are exceptionally protective about her.

Yours faithfully

While Zoee and Hazel are females, Tazz, a little Labrador pup, gives them company. However, after the death of Zoee, who passed away a few days ago, Sonu intends to bring another pair of Irish Setters in a week's time. "When Zoee passed away, we were all heart-broken, especially Hazel, who did not eat for two days," she says.

Work out, have fun!
Vishal Thukral

To make the fitness schedule more interesting, there are several enjoyable ways. However, getting started on a routine fitness schedule is the hardest part. Following are a few ways to add zing to your exercise routine.

Group fitness

Group classes are a way to meet new people. Find an instructor who has both knowledge and enthusiasm to keep the motivation levels high. Classes provide a community atmosphere that converts the exercising routine into a fun activity. Boot camp, aerobics sessions, strength training etc are just a few of the most popular offerings.

Time gap

Those who are unwilling to break away from their favourite treadmill, add intervals to mix it up. Divide 30 minutes of workout into a five-minute warm-up and mix-up two sets each of five minutes of energetic running with five minutes of slow jogging. This should be followed by five minutes of a cool down session to reduce the boredom on the treadmill.

Mix it up

Don't follow the same exercise routine every day; mix it up. Take a weekly one day off from the running on a treadmill or lifting routine in the gym and go for few yoga stretches; opt for a jogging session outside or play tennis, soccer, golf or any other team sport, which also helps you to socialize more.

Find a buddy

Enlist a workout partner to accompany you to the gym. Find a friend who shares common goals with common interests and compatible personality to keep the motivation levels up while working out.

Measure, don't weigh

The scale can be the worst factor when it comes to motivation. At times, instead of working hard the body weight just stays the same. One of the reason may be the body is adding muscle while losing fat, another reason is that it just takes time to make the necessary amendments in the diet schedule to lose substantial weight. So stop looking at the scale every day; instead take some measurements. The tape measure will show changes well before the scale does!

(Thukral is a Chandigarh-based fitness expert) 

Romance with melody
Manpriya Singh

The genset business, albeit doing well, wasn't quite cutting it. Only when he thought he was done dealing with queries of capacity and investment, he wanted to dip his finger in yet another pie. This time it was for passion.

Second-generation entrepreneur Vineet Dhingra takes one- and-a-half-year out of his business rather busy schedule, and dedicates his debut single Meherbaan to, "anybody who wants to do anything in life. There will always be a lot of people who'll discourage but in today's time one can give a shot to all their dreams. You can release your album sitting at home on YouTube." Something he did and after the single, the video followed — a romantic love song picturised on an army officer and the love of his life. "I wanted to have the first press conference in Chandigarh because I'm a Punjabi, even though I was born in Calcutta and now stay in Mumbai," shares the 40-year-old who's visiting Chandigarh for a wedding.

It's rare to see a soft romantic melody receive as much of time and attention in today's time, especially from debut singers. "I don't believe in clever classifications of music into genres. As long as music is heart-touching and soul stirring…I shall definitely be branching into other genres and styles, but a romantic melody is what I wanted to make my debut with." Like for any aspiring newcomer Bollywood remains at the rim of the bucket list. "Indian films have the biggest platform at the end of the day but I definitely want to continue making independent music released through my channel on YouTube." I'll make content for myself and then think of making music for films and music directors."

With influences that range from Jagjit Singh to John Denver, there really is a long way to go and, "I have attended a lot of concerts of Jagjit Singh but I really wish I could have been mentored and tutored by him. That's a regret in life." He adds, "I love AR Rahman's music and have also grown up listening to country music." As he talks in Punjabi, it gives us some ideas! Is a Punjabi song coming up and any artists he's really admired? "I quite like Daler Mehndi. There is something about this place itself. It has music in its soil, right from the popular Punjabi artists to Pakistani Sufi poets."

Right now it's basking in the glory of a desire finally fulfilled. "I would always sing at weddings and people would appreciate it, but there was nothing more." The situation has changed now.

HEART talk
Natural care
Parvesh Rana

I am 24-year-old man staying with my sister and brother-in-law. Both treat me nicely but when it comes to going out with my friends, they are totally against it. They want to accompany me everywhere, what should I do?

Ankit Bansal, Chandigarh

One, your sister and her husband are obviously protective about you. They know that you are their responsibility. I also understand the need for your own space; in that case you should talk to them and sort it out. 
You need to make them understand that you are mature enough to take care of yourself.

I am a 21-year-old girl, all my friends are going out for a summer break, but my parents refuse because they are not comfortable with the male friends in my group. How do I convince them?

Shreya Sharma, Mohali

Parents are careful about their children, which goes without saying. Most parents would object to this idea, which is natural. For them to be comfortable with the guys in your group, you should call them over to your place and introduce them to your friends. Just try and make them comfortable with this idea that everybody is a friend in your group.

(Rana is a Bollywood actor) 

star track
Come undone

Imtiaz Ali comes clean about his divorce, his new venture and previous movies, his brother's venture, and more.

A new person

Yes, I am a changed person now. I had become very formal in my approach to everybody. Marriage is so artificial; it comes with so many dos and don'ts that not only make you claustrophobic but also mediocre. You play roles to meet someone else's expectations. Today, I say things as they are. I'm not hypocritical. I am as open-minded as when I was in school and college. I feel a mixed bag of emotions now: I am happy, angry, and sad all at once. I feel marriage makes you mediocre but I do not know if I will remarry in the future.

New venture

Tamasha is a personal romantic story played out in an effervescent manner. I am busy with it right now. It takes off in July. It will have something in common with my earlier films. Ranbir (Kapoor) and I have been talking about it for ages.

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

I was involved with the story when it was being written. But later, when I got busy with Highway, Arif handled things on his own. He was the one who messaged (AR) Rahman sir who instantly replied with a 'yes'.

All for Alia

Highway is a film closest to my heart, from the films that I have made. Ranbir used to tell me that Alia is very talented and I should meet her. I had met her when she was five year old. And I still thought of her as a kid. Then, one day, I bumped into her at a screening. One look and I knew I had to make Highway with her.

Recalling Rockstar

Ranbir was terrific and so was the music in it, but Rockstar was a defective film. There were many jumps in the story and things which no longer make sense to me. And I faced so much criticism for casting Nargis Fakhri. The film may not have worked for her, but working with another heroine who knew Hindi better would have fostered mediocrity. The challenge to work with Nargis raised the film's intensity.

Flavours of Hyderabad

Nowadays films are exploring cities like never before. Filmmakers are creating characters out of a city, where society, people's behaviour, style of talking and interpersonal relationships form a huge backdrop.

Bobby Jasoos takes this to greater heights. In Bobby Jasoos, Hyderabad is not shot as a city where the film is set, Hyderabad is a character in itself. Vidya Balan-starrer Bobby Jasoos is set in Hyderabad and the entire film is shot there and the makers were contemplating launching the promo over there. Producer Dia Mirza is from Hyderabad.

Bobby Jasoos is a film about Bobby, who wants to become the no.1 detective of her mohalla. The film explores her journey exploring different aspects of Hyderabad. Hyderabad plays an important role in the story just the way Kolkata was a major part of the film Kahaani.

Vidya had shot for her film Kahaani in Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja, in the same way she shot during Ramzaan in Hyderabad for Bobby Jasoos.

Vidya says, "I thoroughly enjoyed shooting the film in Hyderabad and understanding the culture and people of the city. I love the authentic Hyderabadi flavour of the movie. I am so happy that I have movies exploring different cities of India.'

Directed by Samar Shaikh, the film is slated to release on July 4.

Grooming time

 Anushka Sharma Anushka Sharma, who is playing a jazz singer in Bombay Velvet, had a separate call time on the sets from the rest of the team. The reason being the look that she will be seen in, needed at least three hours for her to get ready. Her look is from the 50s.

A source informs, "Most of the film has been shot in Sri Lanka and if Ranbir's call time was at 9 in the morning, for Anushka it used to be 6 am. It would start with her fitting into the costume and having her trials. That would be followed by a hair sitting to get the look that fits into the character. There are specifications to the makeup that Anurag Kashyap (director) needed, so that too was a time consuming process."

Interestingly, Niharika Khan has designed almost 140 costumes for Anushka Sharma in the film.

Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles while Karan Johar will play the primary antagonist and Raveena Tandon, Kay Kay Menon and Siddharth Basu will appear in supporting roles. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film is set to release on November 28.

Chop chop

The Censor Board has passed Ek Villain with a U/A certification with eight small cuts, including the word hazaam which means barber. On the other hand, film distributor Anil Thadani is very happy with the film and held an impromptu bash for it at his place in suburban Mumbai.

The poster of Ek Villain

Some tamasha!

Imtiaz Ali is doing his bit to promote his brother Arif Ali's Lekar Hum Deewana Dil and doing pre-production work for Tamasha, starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor which will roll on July 9.

Living it up

Actress Parineeti Chopra knows how to enjoy herself. She was recently in Dubai holidaying with her close friends. She also shot for a few scenes of Daawat-e-Ishq with Aditya Roy Kapur in Abu Dhabi.

Big B’s big gesture

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has often sparked laudatory initiatives towards the betterment of society, such as polio eradication and his critical work as the UN Ambassador for the Girl Child to rid the country of the malaise of discrimination against women.

We now hear from close sources that the acting stalwart has sponsored the training and coaching of two talented female athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth, World Championship, and Asian Games in 2014!

The superstar has sponsored women athletes Ayonika Paul and Pooja Ghatkar (both rifle shooting) as part of the Medals4India campaign initiated by the NGO Olympic Gold Quest. Olympic Gold Quest is a programme of the Foundation of Sports And Games (founded in 2001), started by Indian sporting icons to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and who have the potential to win Olympic gold medals.

These athletes will be participating in the upcoming Commonwealth, World Championship, and Asian Games in 2014, the main goal being to help them win at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The funds will help with their training and equipment in preparation for their respective competitions. We hope this inspires personalities with resources to follow Big B in this landmark enterprise!

Gift of love

Kim Kardashian Reality TV star Kim Kardashian gifted her new husband Kanye West a customised 'My Monopoly' game for his birthday. Kardashian, 33, celebrated West's 37th birthday on June 8 with a creative, personal present.

The yet-to-be-released game allows buyers to make their own Chance and Community Chest cards, property spaces, and game pieces.

Kardashian also presented him a massive birthday cake reading "YEEZUS." For his 35th birthday, West received a $ 750,000 Lamborghini from Kardashian. — PTI

Mixing work with pleasure

Actress Halle Berry admits that she enjoys having her children at work with her.

Berry, 47, who has two children, said it allows her to juggle motherhood and work at the same time.

"I love having my kids there (on set) because I am nursing my baby. To have him there is great for me. I love being involved all day," she said.

However, the brunette beauty recently revealed that she and husband Olivier Martinez, 48, whom she married last July, were struggling to find the balance between parenthood and their demanding careers.

"A new baby means less sleep. And I'm working on the TV show, Extant. It's a new grind, it's a new rhythm.

We're trying to get used to that. But we're managing," she had said. — PTI

Going gets easy

Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has finally found a foothold in Bollywood. She will next be seen in upcoming action thriller Kick. Her co-star Salman Khan believes that she has a great potential of being a superstar.

Bobby goes blogging

Vidya Balan and Dia Mirza launched a special Bollywood blog called Bobby Ko Sab Maloom Hai where Bobby Jasoos will write and reveal special Bollywood news before other people get to know about it. 

No baggage for Deepika

Actress Deepika Padukone, who is currently holidaying in Italy, reportedly lost her luggage after landing in Naples. Apparently this is the fourth time she has lost her baggage because of an airline. Poor girl!

chatter box
Break ke baad
After the IPL season, there are a number of shows that return to the tube to entertain the audiences. We take a look at some that have been around for long and others that are making a comeback after a break

Sunny Leone Sunny days— MTV Spiltsvilla

Sunny Leone will now be seen in the new season of MTV Spiltsvilla. She will be joined by Nikhil Chinapa. She will surely up the glam quotient of the show. After the success of the previous six seasons, Sunny will add oodles of oomph in the seventh season.

Dance dhamaka— Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7

With Ranvir Shorey and Drashti Dhami being part of the show as hosts, this season will see actors like Karan Tacker, Mouni Roy, Ashish Sharma and Kritika Kamra while Andy, Sreesanth, Sukhwinder, Purab Kohli are among the others who will make an appearance.

Star struck— Cinestars Ki Khoj

The show was launched with great pomp and show back in 2004, and it did give a few talented actors to the industry. Now India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj returns after a hiatus of 10 years. It's a talent-hunt series on Zee TV with the judges looking out for India's next cinestar.

Money game— KBC 8

Amitabh Bachchan... the name is enough to get the audiences excited about Kaun Banega Crorepati. With every season, the theme of the show in its promo, and the message sent across is changed. From no question is small to education is the key to success —nothing seems to stop the KBC wave in the country.

Show time— Bigg Boss 8

With the upcoming season, around October, still a while away, speculation about the host of the show has been on. Salman Khan has not given his go-ahead yet and also talks about the show shifting to another channel have been on for a while. There is surely lot to talk about Bigg Boss!

Ekta’s choosy

When it's time for a 'shaadi' on an Ekta Kapoor show, television's hottest producer wants absolutely everything perfect, right from the choice of decorations around the shaadi household to the music to which the protagonists are seen dancing at the sangeet to the bridal attire of her leads!

So when it came to selecting the right look for her protagonist Pragya's bridal attire, Ekta knew she'd settle for nothing but the best. Buzz from the sets of Kumkum Bhagya is that Ekta personally went through a wide array of bridal jodas, turning down one after another costume until the designers gave her exactly what she was looking for. It took as many as 19 rejections before Ekta selected the final outfit that Pragya (played by actress Sriti Jha), who will now be seen wearing it for Kumkum Bhagya's grand wedding of Abhi and Pragya on 18th June.

Ekta said, "Pragya's look needed to be one of elegance and not flamboyance. However, as the protagonist of my show I wanted her to look beautiful as the bride. So, I went through a slew of choices before I narrowed it down.”

Selfie with Sallu!

While Salman Khan has been getting a lot of attention from his fans over the years, a recent incident left him completely speechless and grinning. Salman was shooting for his upcoming movie in Karjat very close to the sets of Zee TV's Jodha Akbar. Seeing the actor getting out of his vanity van, Lavina Tandon (who plays Rukayya Begum of Jodha Akbar) immediately sprinted to meet the star. Being the chivalrous man he is, Salman spent a good amount of time chatting up . If sources are to be believed, the two did not just chat up, but also ended up clicking selfies! 

Astro Turf
P. Khurrana

ARIES: There is a need to be vigilant as someone at office might try to harm your interest or reputation. Call friends you haven't seen for a long time. Drive carefully, especially two-wheelers. Tarot message: Well-wishers will give you sound advice. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 60.

TAURUS: Finances and investments will take up a major chunk of your day today. This is also a good time to deal with loans, debts and credits. Businessmen should take care of their portfolios, stocks and shares. Tarot message: Take limited risks. Lucky colour: Blue. Magic number: 52.

GEMINI: Many of you will receive some sound counsel from unexpected sources, so pay attention to everything that you hear. Those of you facing a cash crunch will be helped out by a friend. Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need care. Lucky colour: Rainbow-pastels. Magic number: 46.

CANCER: This will be quite a surprising and rewarding day. Many of you will receive bonuses or pay hikes that were unexpected while others, appreciation for their hard work. Tarot message: Leave things open-ended for best results. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 39.

LEO: The day will be busy yet happy, where you will be able to achieve a lot in your personal as well as professional life. At work, your labour of the past few days will be appreciated and rewarded. Tarot message: Be creative to retain grip over your business. Lucky colour: Sea-green. Magic number: 28.

VIRGO: A hectic social life will keep you on your toes today and lead to some new as well as interesting associations. A special someone will not have enough time for you and can make you feel a bit neglected. Tarot message: Wait a while; everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 63.

LIBRA: Most of you will be craving for something stimulating and entertaining today. At work too, you will be open to challenging assignments that will give you a chance to tap into your immense potential. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 41.

SCORPIO: Manage personal relationships with diplomacy and thoughtfulness. This will be a day in which you need to think with your heart, especially as far as a special relationship is concerned. Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 32.

SAGITTARIUS: Those single can receive good proposals and should consider them. At work, you will be open to feedback and some of you can be promoted. Keep a close eye on your diet. Tarot message: Over-optimism can lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 30.

CAPRICORN: An enthusiastic mood is encouraged by your card 'The World'. Nothing will seem too much and you are sure to help out those around you if you can. Do be careful not to over-commit yourself. Tarot message: Do not transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Sky-blue. Magic number: 48.

AQUARIUS: Travelling and communication will be a part of the day. Children will be filled with energy. Some of you will also be philosophical and spiritually inclined. Tarot message: Avoid a gossip session at the work place. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 50.

PISCES: Adventure, fun and entertainment will be on the top of your mind today. You will surely get to hone your interpersonal skills. Most of you will also feel a strong desire to become more efficient and aware. Tarot message: Involve yourself in a new project. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 25.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 19...

A birthday on the 19th of June gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach; but with this, a somewhat self-centered approach that may be in conflict with some of the other influences in your life. The 19 is a loner number and you may experience feelings of being alone even if you are married. Health remains good. Unexpected travel can be tiring. Losses are likely if you invest without seeking proper advice. Little manipulations and negotiations will bring unexpected gains. Stay away from gossip and rumours.

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 'besan' at a religious place.

You share your birthday with Saloni Daini (June 19, 2001, Pune), also known as Gangubai. She is a young Indian television actor, presenter and stand-up comedian. Saloni will always stand number one in all her shows. She will become a very famous artist, as she grows in the entertainment industry because her birth date is a superb combination of Sun having number one repeated two times.

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