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Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, 7 girls and 1 boy, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship. Her mother is now re-settled in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the Capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
She spent subsequent years in Hawaii, and then in London, Britain, She started modeling accidentally when she was in Hawaii at the tender age of 14, when she was approached for a jewelry campaign. Thereafter she continued modeling in London.
Continuing to model was the reason she got her break in a Bollywood movie ‘Boom’ offered by none other than film-maker Kaizad Gustad.
She was flooded with modeling assignments the minute she set her foot on Indian soil, especially with her innocent expressive face, hour-glass figure, and drop-dead gorgeous looks.
Professionally she started off as a model with photographer Atul Kasbekar, and upon being accepted, she received offers from LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, & Veet. It was the Lakme commercial that got her noticed. She retained Matrix as her Manager to accept work on her behalf and at the price she deserved.
Moving to different culture and country was not much of a culture shock for her, as she states that no matter where you come from, the bottom line is that everyone wants to be loved, respected, and cared for.
Despite of her positive attitude, she had been stereotyped as “Indian” by extreme right-wingers in Britain who made it clear that she did not quite fit-in with their “Blonde” Caucasian culture; while on the other hand in India itself she had been ranked as an ‘outsider’ very much like Sonia Gandhi.
Unlike other artistes from foreign lands, Katrina did not experience any difficulties in getting a visa nor of getting it extended in India.
Although linguistically challenged, Katrina puts on a bold face and states that other Bollywood artistes like Sridevi, who did not know Hindi, did get offers from Bollywood film-makers, and she is no different. She has taken Hindi and dancing lessons to fit in with the Bollywood culture. She likes to display a picture of her learning Kathak dancing where she used to dance 7 hours a day non-stop.
Adorned with soft gorgeous looks, she is not easily intimidated, but admits that she is very emotional, sensitive, and concerned about her privacy, Almost an incurable romantic, she prefers to wear comfortable non-revealing clothes when at home, hates to do her hair, and above all dislikes make-up. Admitting to being lonely in the beginning, but now has several friends who she can hang out with.
Although her first movie ‘Boom’ was panned by the critics and shunned by the audiences, two other Telugu movies ‘Malliswari’ and ‘Pidugu’ did get her noticed. She grossed 70 Lakh Rupees for ‘Malliswari’ – making her top the list of the highest paid actresses during a South Indian movie debut.
Not done with South Indian movies, she has been signed in a Tamil movie ‘Bheema’ opposite National Award Winner Vikram.
She has received decent reviews for her part in “Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya”, as well as a brief appearance in ‘Sarkar’.
Katrina had made Mumbai her base, didn’t mind singing and dancing around trees and as a result is now one of the biggest mega-stars, perhaps one of the highest paid female-lead actresses in Bollywood, and a crowd-puller whenever she makes an appearance for a live song and dance number.
So in your new campaign for Nakshatra diamonds, you look ridiculously stunning! Can you tell us more about the shoot?
Thank-you, it’s been a wonderful journey; we had an amazing time shooting the commercial. My dear friend Ahmed Khan was the choreographer, who was kind enough to help us out. We’ve tried our best. It’s an amazing concept, what we’re tried to do is to tie in the elements of astrology, seeing what diamonds and gems symbolize. We’ve gotten a wonderful response; hope the journey continues to be successful.
In the ad you play the goddess of luck. Are you really good luck?
(Laughs) I am so glad you brought that up. We are in no way incorporating that I am the goddess of luck. The ad represents a goddess of luck with elements of Astrology and gem energies and I am simply playing the character.
Are you really into Astrology?
I am not completely into it. However, it does excite me, when I meet someone who can read hands or who is into stars and numbers. It’s good to get a glimpse of what’s in store for you. I have met people who have sworn that certain gems have helped them a lot. I guess the energies that many of these gems contain when connected, they can change your life for the better.
So are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?
Diamonds symbolize security. They are forever. You can pass them on to the next generation and I think that’s the reason why diamonds are so special for almost all women, including myself.
Was the reason you decided to work for Nakshatra luck or so you could get some luck?
I find Nakshatra has beautiful collection, I am not the one who is too fond of loud jewelry, and Nakshatra completely suits my personality. I can connect with the designs rather comfortably. Besides this is the company that has done the best in the business. So why not opt for it? I am the kind of person who chooses my brands only if I use them or believe in them. I love the designs that Nakshatra offers. They have something for every occasion. I’ve heard them being the ambassador of this trade mark, has helped me as well as the company. Together we can continue to have a great partnership (smiles).
Was it scary to have to replace Aishwarya Rai?
Not really. It’s business and one needs to move on from time to time. I have no problems with Aishwarya, she did a great job being the brand ambassador to Nakshatra and now it’s my turn.
Did you consult anyone before taking up the Nakshatra offer?
No, I make my own decisions. As I said earlier, if I believe in something I will endorse it.
So why didn’t you go to any New Year’s parties this past year?
I did sign up for an event, but things in Mumbai got pretty out of control. Thus the event organizers and I decided to bail out on the event. Plus it doesn’t sound good to perform and party when the city is destructed to such an extent.
How do you feel about being voted the sexiest female in India this year?
It’s a great honor that I am appreciated by so many people. But honestly, I don’t find myself sexy. I have to thank my fans for their constant love and support. I just don’t know what else to say. Frankly I was quite overwhelmed with the title.
What’s it like working with Ranbir Kapoor in “Ooty”?
Ranbir is so fun to work with. We had a great time shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi’s “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” for about two months. It was a real stress buster for me, from the city life.
So everyone is dying to know more about the “slapping” incident!
I am going to get Ranbir for that. Actually I am quite accident prone. Ranbir poor thing missed his cue and slapped me really hard. My face was all puffed up and we had to cancel shooting for the day.
Was the film city accident next?
Oh gosh yes! (Blushes) I was shooting for Priyadharshi’s “Dhan Dhana Dhan” at film city. I had to shoot underwater. My leg got tangled under the water. Akki (Akshay Kumar) came to my rescue. I am taking my time to recover from it.
Is it true that Deepika Padukone visited the set of “Ooty” to spy on Ranbir and you who are supposedly having an affair?
An affair? Ha, that’s utter rubbish (sarcastically laughs it off). Deepika did visit us and we had some great times with her on set. This was the first time I got to spend so much time with her. I do not know of any problem that might have happened between the two, it’s their personal issue and I am no where a part of it.
Is it true that things are so bad with you and Salman Khan right now, that you didn’t even go to his birthday party?
It’s too personal to answer that. People know that I am not the kind of person to talk about my personal life. I just didn’t go to the birthday party because I had a leg injury a few weeks ago, and I kept myself isolated. My absence at his birthday was blown completely out of proportion. (Grins), if people want to believe rumors, well than I cannot do anything much about it, can I?
Is there any truth to the rumor that you and Zarine Khan supposedly went off on each other on the set of “Veer” when you were visiting?
(Looks down) I really don’t understand why people spread rumors like this. I went once to the set of Veer to meet Salman. I had my day off, and decided to just go on the set and meet Vipul as well. There’s nothing more to it. I have nothing against Zarina, she was doing her job. I was minding my own business and she was minding hers. I didn’t meet Salman on his birthday either, so this was a good opportunity to catch up with him as well.
Which are you looking more forward to “Dhan Dhana Dhan” or “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani”?
“Dhan Dhana Dhan” has me and Akshay Kumar in it, which is something I look forward to, whereas me and Ranbir are together for the first in “Ajab Prem”, so I would love to know how that’s going to turn out to be. (Smiles)
Born: Genelia De Souza
Date of Birth: 5 August 1987
Birth Place; Bumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 5′ 6″ (1,68 m)
Genelia D’Souza is an Indian actress, model, and host. She has appeared in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, D’Souza began her acting career with Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She was recognized for her role in Boys the same year, and later established herself in Telugu cinema by acting in several Telugu films during 2003-2005. D’Souza received her first Filmfare Award in 2006 for her performance in the Telugu romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim.
In 2008, she gave critically acclaimed performances in Santosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu, and the Bollywood movie Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Having acted in several commercially successful movies in Telugu and Tamil, D’Souza has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.In addition to movie acting, D’Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India
When Genelia D’Souza was offered a role in Tujhe Meri Kasam, initially she turned it down, as she was not keen to pursue a career in acting. But the crew insisted and kept contacting her for two months, and she agreed when she saw the Telugu version of the movie. Tamil director, S. Shankar, was impressed with her performance in the Parker Pen commercial and decided to cast her in a leading role in his 2003 Tamil film Boys. D’Souza was selected among 300 girls, who had auditioned for the movie. She signed three movies simultaneously in three different languages, Tujhe Meri Kasam (Hindi), Boys (Tamil), and Satyam (Telugu).
Genelia D’Souza’s professional movie career began, with her Bollywood debut Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. Indian film critic Taran Adarsh noted, “Genelia is a wonderful performer. She catches you unaware with a performance that’s natural to the core.” The movie garnered poor box office returns, and it failed to propel her career in Bollywood. Following her poor debut in Bollywood, she decided to act in South Indian films.
Later the same year, she made her Tamil debut as the teenage girl Harini in Boys, a story about five teenagers having stereotypical teen-boy fantasies. The movie, though noted for its vulgar sexual content, was a box-office success, and subsequently she started receiving Telugu film offers. She left Tamil cinema for a while to concentrate on the Telugu film industry. She made her Telugu debut in 2003 as a medical student in Satyam. Sify noted in their review that, “Genelia is excellent as her body language is her major asset.” The movie was well received, and it raised her profile in the Telugu film industry.
In 2004, D’Souza appeared in her second Bollywood movie, Masti. The comedy focuses on three close friends who reunite after three years, but are now married and are being harassed by their wives. D’Souza portrayed the character of one of the wives. Taran Adarsh was complimentary of D’Souza’s role, saying, “Amongst the wives, Genelia is the best, […] Genelia looks the stern and demanding wife and is sure to be noticed.” The film fared well at the UK box office. The same year, she appeared in two Telugu movies Samba, and Sye, both succeeding at the box-office.
After appearing in her first Telugu movie in 2005, Naa Alludu, she starred in the Tamil romantic entertainer Sachein. A review in The Hindu noted, “Genelia, who hardly made an impression in Boys, makes much impact in Sachein.” The movie evoked mixed response from audiences, but was well received with the younger generation. She later appeared in the Telugu patriotic movie Subhash Chandra Bose.
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”
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.
Mallika Sherawat is such a girl who never thinks before saying, “I am sexy…, I love the elder people…, I give preference to the people of higher age.” Here there is no limit to boldness. But because of her unique boldness this girl has reached at the top of commercial ratings exceeding those of an actress like the sexy bomb Bipasha Basu. There is no doubt that now Neha Dhupia is competing with her after giving bold shots in her film titled ‘Julie’, but Sherawat is now in the frontline of media after signing the English film ‘The Myth’ with Jackie Chan.
It is a big achievement for any Indian actress to act in a Hollywood film. In this film she plays the role of an Indian princess whom Jackie loves. She says she can recall now how Jackie Chan was taking care of her personally while shooting was going on in Shanghai. Sexy Mallika says Chinese people are hot. In a recent encounter she said that she liked elder people more than the younger ones— what a bold statement! While answering questions, Mallika said that she was concentrating now on maintaining her image of a sexy girl and that she wanted to look sexy every inch
Mallika said that in her next film she is with Dharam Paji! This film is a scandalous comedy in which Dharamji plays the role of a man who is vegetarian at home and non-vegetarian outside. Govind Menon has directed the film. After working with her Dharamji has forgotten Punjabi and now talks in Haryanvi, she claims.
Mallika wants to meet as many people as possible. About Jackie Chan she says he has a great love for Indian women, and he likes her. She also recalls the time when Jackie had come to the Shanghai Airport to receive her. She tells it with proud that the director Stranley has given her the chance to reach more than 175 countries as Hollywood movies reach in 175 countries. But the Indian films reach 14 countries only. She has sought the support of her Indian audience though.
Talking about China, she said that this is a hot country and she enjoyed the charity formula of one racing Championship with Jackie Chan. She regrets that there is not even a single kissing scene in this movie though she would have liked to act bold sexy scenes. She announced that she is ready to give sexy shots and kissing scenes in Hollywood films. And that she wants to receive a kiss. Alas, she doesn’t get one. That much boldness is there in her. Well! Whatever it may be this courage of Mallika needs to be appreciated.
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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.