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Bollywood teen icon Genelia D’Souza is too busy these days with her films IT’S MY LIFE, HOOK YA CROOK and URUMI. In Kolkata to launch Nocturne lounge, the actor tells our correspondent that she won’t change her mad self for anything.
How will you define yourself as a person?
I am a person who loves to chill out more than anything else. I spent my entire college life at Cafe Coffee Day at Carter Road (Mumbai). Even today, I have not changed my lifestyle; I still walk my way from home to the cafe, though now at times, it’s a bit difficult because of my hectic schedules.
And also, because people recognize you?
Yes. But unlike other stars, I thoroughly enjoy it. I get super-excited when someone calls me by my name. I too scream back: ‘Aiyeee’. I know, at times, this creates confusion. So I try not to do my mad things all the time.
Tell us about your childhood days.
I grew up in Bandra. I am a complete sportsgirl; I have played everything-from basketball to hockey…the Joggers Park has so much been a part of my life because of my trainings. Not many people know that I am a state-level athlete. People used to call me a tomboy, though I used to say that I am a tomboy with a feminine side, though even I don’t know what that means. (Laughs) I am a mad girl…fully.
How did Bollywood happen to you?
One day I got a call from Ramoji Rao saying he is doing a Hindi film called TUJHE MERI KASAM and wants to launch me! Now, it was bad enough that I got into modeling because I was from a family who has no clue about the glamour world. And films were something I couldn’t even thought of attempting; first because, I was clueless about acting. And then, in my family, films were like ‘No no no, it is a bad world and we can’t get into it…blah blah blah.’ And these guys kept calling me for a month-and-a-half. Then, my mom said this is an opportunity and that I should try it out. I always have the option to quit if I am not happy with it.
So are you happy the way your acting career has shaped up in Bollywood as well as in South?
I am totally satisfied. I had a peak, I had a fall, and I have a peak again. But I was never out of work. However, my worst phase taught me a lot. When I am in a hit phase now, I know things can go down. I am really lucky that I got accepted in four industries (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam).
You are mostly projected as a young, bubbly, chirpy girl. Are you happy with your image?
Absolutely. I am young, fun-loving. I don’t want people to know me as someone who is very reserved and serious type, because I am not.
What is the best thing you got yourself after becoming a star?
My Bandra apartment. I love bright colours and decked it up accordingly. You will find a red living area, an orange-and-white study-cum-gym, a blue-and-pink bedroom. My home reflects my vibrancy.
After hibernating like some Arctic Amazon for a year-and-a-half, Venus is rising out of a self-imposed media exile. While she’s been yawning, the junta’s been yearning – for a ‘fix’ of Mallika’s quotable quotes and leggy doublespreads. On the occasion of her forthcoming film‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ that the Monroe-esque beauty decided to talk. It was ‘classique’ Mallika all over again – just more vintage.
It’s been a while. But ask me why I’ve been off media?
“I’d love to say this on record, ‘every actor is expected to butter up columnists and journos, say nice things to them, put on a happy face, give bytes about your life – you’re expected to play along with this template that would help you sell tickets, help the movie. I did just that. When I joined the industry I was very honest and forthright to all reporters. But then what happened? They started putting words in my mouth, started focusing on controversy; so I completely stopped doing that.
I grew sick and tired of these irrelevant questions that had nothing to do with my profession, my acting. To top it, my answers were distorted all the time. That’s when I decided ‘halt’! I went off Press.”
Maybe somewhere, her image of being this great ‘Quote Queen’ contributed to that? Everyone wanted the better quote, notwithstanding the mood?
“Yes I guess some come from a culture where they sensationalize all and sell all. Money is all that matters; and they stopped taking into consideration all other things. They became extremely insensitive.”
That makes you sensitive?
“Yes, it hurt me a lot. Embarrassed my family. They were so embarrassed by me that they even questioned ‘Mallika what is this we’re reading now?’ There was a time when I’d do anything and everything to get attention and now I spend all day hiding. Just look at the contrast?”
Still, doesn’t that affect your movie promotions?
We hear Subhash Ghai was upset because you didn’t promote his ‘Shaadi Se Pehle’ enough?
“Now what can I say? I did whatever I was asked to do. I stand by all my movies. But there are always ‘side effects’. Which incidentally is the name of my new film, ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ I’m looking forward to.”
Well, with a hero half her height, Rahul Bose, she should?
“I know. I had a wonderful time working with him. Whenever there was an intimate scene they’d give him a five-inch high stool on which he’d stand for that scene. Rahul is very intelligent. He uses big big words. He’s very intellectual.”
What about John Abraham? There was plenty of steamy talk about the two of you during your shows abroad enough to make Bipasha insecure?
“Look, I never mix business with pleasure. I’ve come to Bollywood to work. There never was an affair, is an affair and there never will be an affair with anyone here. The possibility doesn’t exist of me having a relationship with anyone from Bollywood. The rumours about me dating an Italian might be true but the possibility of me dating anyone from Bollywood doesn’t exist. There was no problem during the shows either. It was great fun. If you have personal issues where you’re working it would be harmful to me. It’s not good business sense. You harm yourself in the long run”
After a few minor roles in her native Australia ingenue, actress Abbie Cornish achieved instant fame Down Under with a hypnotic, evocative lead performance, and multi-layers in the director Cate Shortland Somersault well received psychological drama. The film – a young and fragile woman who is completely out of balance while trying to build a new life for herself in a snowy town in Australia – speaks volumes about the raw capacity of Cornwall and foreshadows a long and successful career for playwright youth.
She has reinforced these concepts with a twist just as demanding and harrowing as an art student who slips back into addiction to heroin in candy rightly hailed Neil Armfield (2005). Dissatisfied with the limitations of the Australian film industry, Cornwall, then jumped ship and went to Hollywood, where she discussed supporting roles in features such as 2006 A Good Year (opposite fellow Aussie Russell Crowe) and the period of 2007 pieces Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Birth Date: November 6th, 1988
Birth Place: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
The physically stunning actress Emma Stone first made her mark among American audiences as an ingenue, via her involvement in the frat-boy comedy Superbad (2007). The movie told of a couple of geeky misfit teenagers who reveal their desperation to join the “in” clique by bringing alcohol to a local party. Prior to that, Stone was a member of the cast of the extremely short-lived action-adventure series Drive, a kind of amalgam of Vanishing Point, Death Race 2000, and Two-Lane Blacktop, about a group of motley misfits recruited to participate in a life-or-death cross-country race.
Arielle Kebbel Was a contestant in the 2002 Miss Florida Teen USA Beauty Pageant.
Ranked #95 in Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Graduated from high school one semester early with a 4.3 GPA.
She actually booked her first job of ‘Lindsey Lister’ on “Gilmore Girls” within the first week of moving to Los Angeles.
Works closely with the charitable organization “ReachBack LA”.
Was the December 2006 entry in Stuff magazine’s 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
Attended the Maile School in Winter Park, Florida. Other graduates include: Phil Moore, Shannon McGinnis, Zed Zevi, and Mandy Moore.
Ranked #54 in Croatian FHM magazine “100 sexiest woman in 2008” list.
Lived across the hall from David Blue in a Hollywood apartment complex from 2004-2005.
Ranked #48 in Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2009 list.
Title: Miss World ’94.
Star sign: Scorpio.
Date of Birth: November 1, 1973.
Place of Birth: Karnataka, India.
Weight: 55 kg.
Family: Mother Brindya, Brother Aditya.
Languages : English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil
Address: Aishwarya Rai,
402 Ramlaxmi Niwas,
16th Road ( Near Khar Gym),
Mumbai 400054, INDIA.
Born: Esha Dharmendra Deol
Date of Birth: November 2, 1981
Birth Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Esha Deol was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and given the full name of Esha Dharmendra Deol. The name ‘Esha’ comes from the Upanishads and is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning “the divine beloved”. She has a younger sister named Ahana. She is the half-sister of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. She is part Punjabi and part Tamil and speaks Tamil with her mother and sister.
She has the Gayatri Mantra and a symbol of the yoga asana Scorpio in a sunburst tattooed on her back and a scorpion with a small red heart on her left breast. She is passionate about football and plays the midfielder position. She was captain of her school football team, represented her college in handball at the state level and was selected for the Indian national woman’s football team.
Esha Deol’s film career began with Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche for which she won three awards. She released several unsuccessful films in 2003. In 2004 she played a French teacher in Aayutha Ezhuthu. She went on to repeat the role in the Hindi remake Yuva.
Deol’s portrayal of a notorious and vengeful ghost in Ram Gopal Verma’s Darling (2007) was reviewed positively. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM noted that, “Esha Deol is excellent in a role that’s nothing short of a challenge. It would’ve boomeranged had it been entrusted to any inferior actor, but Esha is in terrific form here. This should be the turning point in her career.”
She is set to star in her mother’s next directorial venture with Rekha and Abhishek Bachchan and also a film in which she is cast with her mother.
Deol’s next film is called Tell Me Oh Khuda. She will portray the lead role in the film opposite Rishi Kapoor. She will also appear in Shivam Nair’s Ghost Ghost Na Raha with Rahul Bose and Ayaz Khan.