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Priyanka Chopra: The Lifestyle

Priyanka Chopra: The Lifestyle

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!

Priyanka Chopra: The Lifestyle

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!

Priyanka Chopra: The Lifestyle

Priyanka Chopra: The Lifestyle

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Deepika Padukone’s fitness and weight loss secrets

Deepika Padukone's fitness and weight loss secrets

Envy of a million ladies and desire of a million men, she is the perfect epitome of beauty, good health and fitness. You long for a body that resembles her perfect, hour-glass figure, and wish you had a flawless, glowing skin she is gifted with. But then, as they say, fame doesn’t come cheap – so did she have her quota of rigor, sweat and days of grueling hard work, which have finally paid off with her bagging the title of being one of the most promising talents in Indian film industry. From being a sports enthusiast and a top notch model to a talent in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone has come a long way.

She has worked upon herself, upon her diet, weight and fitness, to now be in an enviable place where she can call the shots, make heads turn and keep the flab away. And all of this, with strict discipline that can only come from the love of being healthy and beautiful.

A 24 year old, who speaks of good health, wellness, beauty and fitness in one package, that’s Deepika Padukone for the uninitiated! So, what’s the mantra behind this lissome beauty?

Simple: “Make fitness your way of life”. And with this mantra in mind, we take you through what goes in the making of the ravishing Deepika Padukone!

Deepika Padukone's fitness and weight loss secrets

“Vow to remain active – Make it a ritual”

Deepika has promised herself to not let a day pass without having indulged in some form of activity, be it workout in the gym, yoga, free exercises in her garden or even playing badminton. And this in itself is enough to show how she has been able to maintain herself! Fitness has been a habit for Deepika, a daily ritual, that she just cannot ignore. And if you make it a habit to workout each day, you would never feel like you have actually worked out, it would seem like any other regular activity.

“Do what suits your body best”

Deepika believes in doing the activity that suits her body best, rather than going with the flow. “There is no point in doing what everyone else is doing, if it troubles your body” she affirms. zDeepika does not go by a compulsion to hit the gym, and neither does she indulge in weights if it’s a boring day. Depending upon her mood, time and situation, she takes to different activities including gymming, an hour at the badminton court, practising yoga or even shaking a leg at a dance studio.

Deepika’s fitness mantra combines of:

Gymming: “I go to the gym whenever I can. When I am travelling, I do make it a point to work out in the hotel gym”. For those looking at weight loss, here’s what she has to say, “just like me, you need to combine cardio with weight training, because then can you lose weight and tone up at the same time”.

Yoga: Deepika swears by yoga and makes it a point to practice it every evening. “I do yoga in the evenings”. Yoga helps in rejuvenating the mind and the body and makes for a great overall body workout.

Daily walks: “If I can’t go to the gym, I walk twice a day, half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening” confesses Deepika. And by the way, did you know walking is considered to be one of the best cardio exercises for a woman?

Dance: Now this is what sets the ravishing 23 year old apart from her contemporaries. When not in the mood for the gym, Deepika prefers shaking a leg to loud music! Jazz, Bharat Natyam, Kathak, you name it and she does it! “In my modeling days, this dance training gave me grace and poise; today, it helps to keep me fit” quips the talented actress.

Get up early, run and play: Deepika attributes her body’s flexibility and agility to “the days when I used to play badminton. I used to get up early and run for 40 minutes and do heavy weight training. It helps me now in terms of flexibility”.

Her diet:

She loves to: Deepika is a diehard foodie and loves to binge on Thai food and chocolate desserts. She does not believe in starvations and confessedly, “lives to eat”. But then just as she enjoys the pleasure of being a gourmet, so does she make it a point to not miss her workout sessions either! “Only diet or only exercise won’t help in overall body weight loss. You have to combine the two” she explains.

A balance of carbohydrates and proteins: She takes a balanced diet with carbs and proteins.

Eat smart: “If it’s a dosa, I have it minus the potato filling; if I am having eggs, I take only the white portion and if I have idlis I substitute coconut chutney with a pudina chutney”. Bottomline: Watch what you eat!

A rice lover: While you may fret at the sight of rice for fear of piling on calories, Deepika being a South Indian and a self confessed rice lover, has never had to shy away from the versatile grain for the fear of weight gain. “I guess my body is so used to rice, that it doesn’t react to it at all”.

Homemade food: “During shoots I eat regular homemade food with dal, two rotis, sabzi, raita, salad or sometimes it is non vegetarian food. But if it’s studio food then I stick to idlis and very light food”.

Breakfast – a must: Deepika has three main meals in a day, breakfast being the most important of them all. “I can’t do without breakfast. I have a huge breakfast – upma, idlis, dosa, parathas – whatever it is, I eat a lot of it.” Now you know why they say, breakfast like a king!

No rice at night: Deepika strictly makes it a point to avoid rice and non vegetarian food at night.

Dislike curd, but: Those who hate having curd, you’ve just got company. Deepika is not the one to like curds, but she compensates for it by having milk and cheese. Do you?

For the picture perfect, Personality – her skin, hair, looks

The first thing in the morning: As soon as she gets up early morning, which is not later than 7 am, is to “have a glass of water”. “Drink lots of water to keep your skin clear” advises Deepika, yes, that is the one thing that sure has contributed to the glow and suppleness of her skin.

Cleanse, tone and moisturize: Deepika’s daily skincare includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing. “Healthy skin needs mild cleansing, for which I use gentle soaps. I use mild products that do not strip my skin of essential proteins”.

Be regular with your hair: Get regular hair cuts, so as to keep the split ends away and condition your hair each time you wash them, so that they remain flowing, and silky.

Dare to experiment: While on one day you would spot her in Jeans and a simple white tee with a hair band, the next day it would have to be a pink flowing dress with a smart up-do and in short pants and sports shoes with a ponytail the next….so keep experimenting too! C’mon girls, let’s go the Deepika way!

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Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

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.

Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

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.

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Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

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.

Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

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.

Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

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.

Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

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?

Close and Personal with Katrina Kaif

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)

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Bollywood: Genelia d’Souza Career Milestones

Bollywood: Genelia d'Souza Career Milestones

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.[19] 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).

Bollywood: Genelia d'Souza Career Milestones

Genelia D’Souza’s professional movie career began,[20] 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.

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Genelia D’Souza Interview: “I am a mad girl… fully!”

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

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.

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

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.

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

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.

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

Genelia D'Souza Interview: "I am a mad girl... fully!"

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Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

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.”

Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

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.”

Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

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”

Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

Mallika Sherawat is nervous, very nervous

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The Long and Winding Road of Yasmeen Ghauri

The Long and Winding Road of Yasmeen Ghauri

The uproar over Yasmeen Ghauri’s high profile has left her an outcast in her hometown community and has shifted accross the generations in her family and beyond — creating an irrevocable schism between her father and the mosque he led for 22 years.

Nothing is sure to please an elder more than word that a child of the community has gone on to fame and fortune. But in Montreal’s Muslim community, it the accompanying visuals that have created an uproar reverberating between generations.

Daughter of an imam, or religious leader, Yasmeen Ghauri’s foray into modeling was almost accidental. But her beauty quickly caught the eye of the fashion world, where her spectacular success puts her in the same league as supermodels Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.

Images of her are a continuous presence in leading fashion magazines, and she commands as much as $10,000 a day when she graces the runways for Chanel, Armani, Valentino and Europe’s other leading haute couture houses.

But at home, her accomplishments are greeted with a mixture of fascination and fear, as parents and children of a religion whose practices are nurtured far away grapple with the strains imposed by their host culture.

According to the standards brought decades ago from the Muslim world, Ghauri, known professionally simply as Yasmeen, is considered to flout the importance Islam places on modesty.

Orthodox Muslims fear her prolific media presence will taint their children’s minds. But its difficult for those who grew up with Yasmeen not to hold her up as a super-role-model for everything they have been conditioned to achieve.

A recent immigrant from Pakistan calls them CBC’s — Canadian- Born and Confused. They are first generation Indo-Pakistani Canadians whose parents guage success in terms of the ability to secure financial wealth through education while being good Muslims at the same time. Many are finding it difficult to make it on both levels.

The uproar over Yasmeen’s high profile has left her an outcast in her hometown community and has shifted accross the generations in her family and beyond — creating an irrevocable schism between her father and the mosque he led for 22 years.

It is New Year’s Day 1993 and 20-year-old Concordia University student Arsalaan Patel is still nursing a hangover from last night’s over-exhuberance. His voice is hoarse and he continues to slur his words as he talks about the gulf between his Islamic upbringing and his Canadian soirees.

“I live a double life”, says Patel. “I do one set of things at home, but I do whatever I want when I’m at school. If I acted wild and crazy at home, or if my friends knew of some of the things I do, my parents would be socially ostracized. People would view me as a bad example for their children.”

He continues, still slurring his words, “Most of my friends are brown and Pakis. They are basically like me. We go through the religious motions just to keep our parents happy.”

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Priyanka Chopra Career Milestones

Priyanka Chopra Career Milestones

Priyanka Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan playing the role of Priya, the love interest of the protaginist in the film played by Vijay. The film was praised for its wit, although the depth of Chopra’s character was seen as lacking.

Chopra also sang playback in the film, singing “Ullathai Killadhe” along with Vijay. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in the Anil Sharma film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.

She played a supporting role as a doctor named Shaheen in the film that The New York Times described as “ripping its text from the seething border tensions between India and Pakistan, spicing its conflict with hot-tempered religious zealots bent on nuclear havoc”. Despite being one of the highest grossing films of that year, the overall film was not well received by critics. Chopra was awarded mostly good reviews for her debut Hindi performance.

Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar’s Andaaz, playing the character of Jiya who falls in love with Raj Malhotra, played by Akshay Kumar. The film was a success at the box office, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Rediff.com said of her role, “Priyanka Chopra alone clicks with the audience, thanks to her skimpy outfits.”

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Priyanka Chopra Personal Quotes

“I fail to understand why people would think I got a raw deal out of Krrish (2006), considering I was present all through the film, from the beginning till the end. And I don’t know where people get off really. ‘Krissh’ has done a business of Rupees 150 crores. It’s popular and is almost giving ‘Superman’ a run for its money, so what more convincing is required to get the point across? I’m very happy with the response I got fro the film. I’m happy with my role. I’ve learnt that you can’t always please everyone in any case. And ‘Krissh’ is my moment of success; I will not allow anyone to take that away from me.” (Stardust magazine, September 2006)

Once I knew I wasn’t going to be doing Umrao Jaan (2006), I completely disconnected from the film. And I cannot compare myself to Aishwarya Rai.

When I became Miss World, I couldn’t believe I had won it. I used to sleep with my crown because I was scared someone would steal it. In a minute the world changed for me. (July 2007)

I’m lucky. I don’t know whether I’m deserving or not. All I know is that I work damn hard for everything. And God helps those who help themselves. Every day is like an exam. I believe destiny and hard work go hand in hand. I was studying to be an engineer when my mom and my brother sent my pictures for the Miss India contest. I didn’t even know about it. If that isn’t destiny, what is? (July 2007)

Most outsiders look at the film world as something glamorous. But no one sees the hard work that goes into it. I haven’t taken a holiday in the last four years. I’m working 25 hours a day. There’s no time to sleep or to eat. (July 2007)

When asked what sets her apart from other actresses: “I don’t come from a film background. I haven’t learned anything about films or film-making. But I have a thirst to know everything about my profession. I want to learn about cinematography, about editing, about music recordings, about post-production. So when people in the know talk, I willingly listen. Also, I’m not scared of working 20 hours a day.”

I got into the movies by accident. When I got an offer, I thought let’s try this too. Everything in my life has happened by trial and error. I didn’t even think I would win the Miss India title so where’s the question of thinking I’d come this far. (July 2007)

I thoroughly believe in the institution of marriage, but there’s still a long way to go before I get married. Right now I want to concentrate on my career.

I adore watching movies; movie marathons are my favorite pastime. I can watch up to five movies back to back. I also love music and like reading whenever I get the time.

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Aishwarya’s Guzaarish to release in Latin America

Aishwarya's Guzaarish to release in Latin America

UTV Motion Pictures will be releasing Guzaarish in Peru (Latin America) in February 2012. Continuing its endeavour to open new international markets for Indian Cinema, UTV Motion Pictures is one of the first studios to enter Latin America.

UTV is also releasing the Spanish trailer of UTV Motion Pictures and Dharma Productions Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu in Peru. The film directed by Shakun Batra has Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor as the lead pair and is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Karan Johar.

Amrita Pandey, Senior Vice President, International Distribution and Syndication of UTV Motion Pictures says, ‘Latin America is a new market and we are focusing to make the best out of the region. We’re looking forward to the Guzaarish release in Peru. There have been enquiries on Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu from the region. We hope the Spanish trailers for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu will pave a way for day and date releases of new movies in the near future.’

Amrita continues, ”Guzaarish is widely picked up by non-traditional international markets besides the traditional ones. The film has been loved by audiences across the world and newer markets are showing keen interest in the film. Because of its cinematic value, even after a year of its release, the response from new audiences is heartening. We are also talking to a leading European distributor to have GUZAARISH released in France. This will be a first-time ever Bollywood acquisition from France.”

Directed by veteran director- producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-produced by SLB Pictures and UTV Motion Pictures, Guzaarish, which released on November 19, 2010, was hugely appreciated by critics from across the world. The film known for its grandeur look, brilliant acting and the chartbusting soulful music, received fantastic response from audiences worldwide. Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Aditya Roy Kapur in the critically acclaimed lead roles, Sanjay Bhansali himself, made a debut as a music director with this film.

Guzaarish won multiple awards at various leading award ceremonies in 2010-2011 across categories including a couple of them for its astounding cinematography as well as the enchanting music.

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