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We live in a world where change is a major player! And that change is rapid. It’s happening in and around us and makes life equally interesting and challenging. I have, over the past couple of months, noticed many interesting things that have arisen from this continuous change and some of it is definitely worth sharing.
1. Mobile-ites — A disease that has inflicted a large majority of the human population across all ages. The symptoms are fairly evident… constantly looking at phone, the itch to dial and to text… it’s endless.
2. Twitter-ia / Social, status OCD — This is a double whammy. A virus that is spreading very fast… originally internationally… but something that we, here in India, are definitely not immune to! This virus-cum-OCD takes over the brain completely and does not allow you to do anything unless you tweet about it or you obsessively and compulsively update your status across all social networking platforms on a minute to minute basis. Woke up… had coffee… driving… it’s raining… fought with boyfriend and then the cab driver… crying… dying and whining. Pls RT!
3. Seasonally sporty — As with the 4 seasons that bring their own brand of illnesses, the various sports today create seasonal illnesses that not only afflict the male but also some percentage of the female population. We just finished with the IPL viral and now it’s FIFA fever.
4. Beverage-a-holic — I can’t start my day without my “Caramel Macchiato with a double shot of espresso, decaf, with soy milk, extra foam and no sugar”! I also can’t make it through the day without two litres of special packaged Vitamin water! Let’s not forget the Monkey Leaf tea (tea leaves picked only by monkey’s in the highest regions of the Himalayas), energy plus plus drinks, diet versions of all beverages and the long list of healthy alternatives to everything mentioned above. We love our beverages and how!
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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”
There have been plenty of changes in Bollywood – people are more organised, there are more women in the industry and infrastructure has improved, says actor-filmmaker Juhi Chawla, who made her debut 25 years ago with ‘Sultanat’.
‘There have been plenty of changes in the industry and a lot of them are for the better. The technique and infrastructure have immensely improved; the number of women working in the industry has also increased. Earlier, it used to be just me and my mother on sets, but today we see women working as assistant directors, costume designers and what not,’ Juhi told IANS in an interview.
‘People are more organised today. They have scripts ready before hand. In our time, it was not like that. The looks have also changed – earlier it was all traditional, while today they are more modern.
‘I won’t say content has changed or deteriorated or it has become superior; there are still good writers who write interesting stories,’ she added.
The 43-year-old actor has worked in about 90 films and has produced four movies. Comparing the two roles, Juhi says being a producer is a more daunting task than being an actor.
‘Being an actor is the easiest. Producers and directors have a lot more to do. They really have to be on their toes in order to get everything ready – from scripting to actual production work. It is a challenging task,’ she said.
‘As an actor your job is just to listen to what is required from you and perform. There is so much more to it when it comes to production,’ she added, flashing her captivating smile. The actress was in the capital to launch three new variants of ‘Kurkure’ made of moong daal, urad daal and chana dal.
Last seen in critically acclaimed ‘I AM’, Juhi’s first commercial success came in 1988 with ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ alongside Aamir Khan. After that there was no looking back for Juhi who went on to give hits like ‘Darr’, ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke’ and ‘Ishq’.
After marriage with businessman Jai Mehta in 1998, the former beauty queen branched into arthouse cinema with ‘3 Deewarein’.
In 2000, she also started taking interest in the business side of showbiz by venturing into production with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza – the trio formed Dreamz Unlimited and produced movies like ‘Asoka’, ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ and ‘Chalte Chalte.’
Later she and Shah Rukh launched Red Chillies Entertainment. Juhi is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Experimental cinema has found a firm foothold in Bollywood, but Juhi is happy to see that masala films are still popular.
‘One thing that I would say has not changed is that two-three percent of the films are still outstanding and interesting. The films with a lot of masala and dhamaal are big hits of the year, while some are average. That statistics has more or less remained the same,’ she said.
Does she think glamour is given more importance over good script in movies?
‘Some directors and producers, who don’t have the conviction to stay with their story and are unable to tell their story, tend to bend towards these things. It is believed that women in skimpy clothes will sell or involving an item number in the film will help, but others like Rajkumar Hirani, who believe in their subjects wouldn’t require all that. Their films speak for themselves,’ she said.
The actress says that audiences are intelligent enough to understand what’s worth watching.
‘Audience is smart enough. They know when something is forced into the film; they themselves don’t appreciate it.
‘At the same time they would love to see pretty girls and lovely clothes, item numbers. But if it is not placed correctly people will reject it,’ she said.
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