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A TIME TO KILL! Rani mukeRji
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Queen’s gambit
on her own terms. In No One Killed Jessica, she played a hard core journalist who not only has an eye for the scoop but for justice as well. She also impersonated being a male cricketer in Dil Bole Hadippa! She plays a homely middle class Maharashtrian girl who nevertheless is aware of her sexuality in Aiyyaa. Here, she represents the changing face of Indian society where sex is no longer taboo and the female gaze is gaining equal status to the male gaze. It’s good to see a woman lusting after a man for a change and the film and her character may bring about a sea change in the way we tell love stories. We are also looking forward to her next release Talaash with bated breath as the RaniAamir Khan-Kareena Kapoor combo is bound to be explosive. Much has been written about her love life and the queen of hearts, who’s our cover girl this issue, answers questions about her marriage and more with aplomb. You think you know her but read on... we have a feeling she might surprise you yet... (jitesh.pillaai@wwm.co.in)
Rani Mukerji

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ani Mukerji is making a comeback. Did she ever leave? Sometimes, the tabloids get it right but most times, they are way off target. Icons like Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi or Rani Mukerji can’t make comebacks because they haven’t faded from public memory in the first place. It’s like saying threepiece suits are making a comeback or bandhgalas are back in vogue. Classics never fade away. And that’s what Rani is, a class act. Be it Ghulam (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Saathiya (2002), Yuva (2004), Black (2005), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna or No One Killed Jessica (2011), she’s wowed the audience with her natural portrayal of complex characters. Hindi film heroines can get by being arm candy but Rani was never satisfied with just that (though she did it superbly on occasion). In her first film itself, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997), she played a rape victim who fights for justice. In Black--arguably her best performance till date--she played a blind as well as deaf and dumb girl who took on the world and learned to live

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VOLUME 61 # 23, OCTOBER 25, 2012 - NOVEMBER 7, 2012 ISSN NUMBER 0971-7277

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40 Rani Mukerji jokes about her marriage and other rumours in a heart-to-heart interview

COVER STORY
EXCLUSIVE!
VIRAT KOHLI
PREFERS
November 7, 2012 ` 50
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KAREENA
TO PRIYANKA AND KATRINA

SONAKSHI SINHA GETS CANDID

QUEEN IS BACK RANI MUKERJI
FIELDS QUESTIONS ON LOVE, MARRIAGE & HER COMEBACK

Politically incorrect Abhay Deol shoots from the lip

spills the beans on the IPL and her relationships
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Preity Zinta

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PHOTOGRAPHS: SOURABH DUA STYLING: JAYATI BOSE MAKE-UP: MICKEY CONTRACTOR HAIR: TANIA LOCATION COURTESY: INTERCONTINENTAL -- THE LALIT OUTFIT: MANAV GANGWANI

PAPARAZZI SPOTTED
07 Who went where and with whom... our eagleeyed photographers spare no one

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16 John Abraham gets whipped, Farah Khan shows Sonakshi Sinha the door, Parineeti Chopra trumps Yami Gautam... and lots more grist from the psst-psst brigade

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FIRST LOOK SNEAK PEEK
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34 On the sets of Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

66 Shruti Haasan looks haute and sexy in a sizzling photoplay

38 Malvika Raaj and Ali Khan are our hotties

INTERVIEWS

YOUR FILMFARE YOUR LETTERS
110 Bouquets and brickbats, from you, dear reader

48 Abhay Deol isn’t attracted to stardom 54 Sonakshi Sinha insists she’s not just a lucky mascot 76 Preity Zinta goes candid about love and life in the movies 90 Vidya Sinha has no regrets about playing the girl-next-door in her heyday 94 Bindu says bad girls don’t always finish last

YOUR REVIEWS

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23 The lowdown on star fashion

EDITOR’S BLOC LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
LAST WORD
116 Yash Chopra, the eternal romantic

02 Rani Mukerji’s a consistent performer, says the Ed

60 Chatting up a dozen with chocolate boy Imran Khan 72 Guest Appearance: Starting a new column wherein non-film celebs talk about movies and movie stars 86 Relative values: Brother Mukesh and Mahesh exchange anecdotes 101 A special tribute to Madhubala as we celebrate 100 Years Of Cinema

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Shatrughan Sinha’s racy rejoinders

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Turning
Ranbir Kapoor celebrated his 30th birthday in style with all his B-town friends

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Salman Khan tries acupuncture therapy

Deepika Padukone’s schedule keeps her on her toes

Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit create magic on the sets of a dance show
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PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH, VIRAL BHAYANI

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SHOT OF THE T FORTNIGH

Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi

FUN NIGHT

Bollywood’s original divas Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced together on the same stage for the first time ever for the finale of the reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. It was a memorable moment indeed. But Mads had quite a blast otherwise as well since she had her hubby Dr Sriram Nene and kids Arin and Ryan for company. We even caught a glimpse of the two kids playing on the sets with their daddy. Sweet, na?

Madhuri with husband Dr Sriram Nene

Dr Nene with kids Arin and Ryan

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Deepika Padukone

Ranbir Kapoor recently celebrated his 3oth birthday and all his industry friends showed up to wish him. From ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone to rumoured current girlfriend Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, they all made their presence felt. And from what we hear, the birthday boy had quite a blast. Here’s wishing the actor a great year ahead!

BIRTHDAY BUMPS

Ranbir Kapoor

Anushka Sharma

Katrina Kaif

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CHUNKY CELEBRATION

Chunky Panday recently turned a year older and boy, did he celebrate in style. All his B-town friends graced the ocassion. Hrithik Roshan looked as dapper as the birthday boy, both sported crisp white shirts. While Karan Johar and Arjun Rampal stuck to black, even Karisma Kapoor upped the glam quotient in her sexy black number.

Karisma Kapoor

Karan Johar and Arjun Rampal

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HELPFUL HUBBY
We caught a glimpse of Vivek Oberoi and his heavily pregnant wife Priyanka outside a suburban multiplex in Mumbai. The caring husband that he is, Vivek helped her walk to the car and even opened the door for her. We like!

Vivek Oberoi with wife Priyanka

Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra

A LEGENDARY EVENING

Imran Khan

Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra started the promotions of Jab Tak Hai Jaan with a bang. On the occassion of the veteran’s 80th birthday, a special press conference was held where the veteran reminisced about his over 50-year journey in the industry. Having worked on several films together, the director seemed absolutely at ease with SRK. Often called the simplest man of Bollywood, Chopra defended the complex nature of his films saying that he didn’t make films on love, he made them on human relationships. Truly an evening to remember!

RUN BABY RUN

Doesn’t Imran Khan look like he’s doing a sprint here? Known for his jovial nature, we weren’t surprised to catch him in such a happy frame of mind. But if you ask us, you don’t need to run Imran. With the hits you’ve been churning out, you’re already racing ahead!

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couple capers

Mahesh Bhupathi with wife Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta seems totally smitten by husband Mahesh Bhupathi. The besotted look on her face says it all. Whoever says that love fades away after marriage certainly hasn’t met this lovely couple. Adorable, we say. Right?

Sanjay Dutt

the quirky lot

Look what we found. Sanjay Dutt sporting a t-shirt with a blue smurf on it. That too with the word ‘grouchy’ written in bold letters. We wonder if that’s an indication of his mood. And as if that wasn’t enough, we even caught Saif Ali Khan wearing a formal shirt on track pants with formal shoes. A rather odd combination. Won’t you agree?

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

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Jiah Khan

PEEK-A-BOO

Whoopsie! Looks like Jiah Khan realised her fashion faux-pas a tad too late. How else can one explain that funny expression on her face. Next time Jiah, take a look in the mirror before you leave the house...

OMG MOMENT OF THE FORTNIGHT

Preity Zinta

OUCH!

CANDID CLICK

Preity Zinta recently hurt herself. But the promotions of her film Ishkq In Paris kept her super busy. And though she was in pain, she did all of them with a smile. So out went the heels and in came the flats. Well, the show must go on. And Preity seems to know that.

Isn’t this a one in a million kind of picture? Jaya Bachchan’s rather amazed expression at the Chittagong premiere got us smiling. What do you think?

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Abhishek Bachchan

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AIRPORT DIARIES
Priyanka Chopra

The Mumbai airport was the hub of all frenzy recently. Stars were zooming in and out of the airport with relentless speed. Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra made the shutterbugs go crazy. Also, it was sweet to see Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan personally coming to recieve Abhishek who was returning after completeing a schedule of Yash Raj’s Dhoom 3 in Chicago.

Amitabh and Aishwarya Bachchan

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SALMAN KHAN HAS A FAN WHO’S AS LARGE HEARTED AS HE IS. SALMAN WAS IN A STATE OF SHOCK WHEN THE MAN GIFTED HIM A SUPERBIKE WORTH ` 16 LAKH DURING THE GANPATI FESTIVAL

Pam wants Yash to go on
It was a rather warm event that took place in Mumbai recently when Shah Rukh Khan interviewed Yash Chopra on his 50 plus years in the film industry. At the end of the interesting conversation, when Yashji announced that Jab Tak Hain Jaan would be his last film as director, wife Pam Chopra, who was in the front row in the audience promptly gave out a surprised, ‘Kyaa?’ Perhaps matching the sentiments of everyone in the audience that day. Clearly, she wants to see Yashji continue doing what he does best- direct films.

KANGNA’S PARENTS TO THE RESCUE
Kangna Ranaut is unhappy after her breakup with her firang boyfriend, Nicholas. Even though the split was mutual, the girl is in despair. According to reports, the relationship couldn’t work out because both had different expectations. While Nicholas wanted to settle down and have a family, Kangna isn’t ready to chuck up her career and settle down to domesticity. To cheer her up and provide able support, her parents have come from Himachal Pradesh to stay with her in Mumbai.

Ranbir and Deepika spotted
Asin takes a chill pill
After working non-stop for months, Asin took a well-deserved break in Europe. The weather was just perfect and she had a ball sightseeing with her parents and cousins in the cool climes of Greece and Italy.

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were recently seen killing it at a nightclub called Live. The two let their hair down and made the most of their time together. Onlookers swear about their reported chemistry on the dance floor. In fact, eye witnesses insist the two were so lost in each other that they were oblivious of anyone around.

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NEEDLES FOR SALMAN

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FarahSonakshi rift?

Salman Khan, we hear, has been taking acupuncture treatment for his illness. The doctors have been inserting needles into his forehead and cheeks to help alleviate his pain. We sincerely hope the needles work their magic and relieve him of trauma once and for all.

The fact that Sonakshi Sinha didn’t promote Shirish Kunder’s Joker doesn’t seem to have gone down with the director’s wife Farah Khan. The lady hasn’t taken the slight well and the minute she got the chance, she’s shown Sonakshi the door. Reports say the young actress was on the top of Farah’s list to play the lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan in her Happy New Year but when Sonakshi refused to do the rounds for Joker, Farah briskly crossed her off the list. Now it seems Farah is considering other actresses like Parineeti Chopra whose dates are fully booked. Will things work out for Farah? Wait and watch.

Tantrum Queen
Mallika Sherawat continues to be a diva. Known to be highly demanding, she reportedly throws regular tantrums on the sets. Here’s the latest. She was required to tour various cities to promote Kismet Love Paisa Delhi. But Mallika’s demands burnt a huge hole in the producer’s pocket. She insisted that six members of her staff including her personal manager and spot boy would travel business class with her. Tough on the production house but the lady refused to budge.

GIDDY LIMIT OF THE DAY: RAVEENA TANDON NOTICING GULSHAN GROVER AND SCREAMING, “MUJHE YEH BAD MAN SE BACHAO.” REALLY NOW!

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John gets whipped
The October sun was scorching hot but the heat on the set of Shootout At Wadala was several degrees more. Much to the distress of the onlookers. Sanjay Gupta was filming a scene in which an actor playing a cop was hitting John Abraham with a thick leather belt. The sound of the whiplash had everyone squirming in their seats. In fact, the girls around shrieked every time the belt hit John’s back. When someone reprimanded the cop, asking him to go easy, John intervened and said he was fine and even asked the cop to keep at it as he wanted the lashing to look real. As the director yelled ‘Cut’, John stood in a torn shirt with black and blue bruises on his body. But there was a smile on his face, for a job well done.

Amrita’s identity crisis

KAJOL’S WONDER GIRL
Priyanka all for charity
The success of Barfi! has done wonders for Priyanka Chopra. According to the grapevine, her spectacular performance in the film, has encouraged several institutions for the mentally challenged to approach her to be the face of their organisations. And Priyanka, who is big on charity, is seriously considering their proposals as she believes her participation may encourage people to give more and more charity. Expect an announcement soon.

Now Amrita Rao may not be among the A-list stars of B-town but the actress herself certainly seems to think so. Why else would she hide her face while entering a coffee shop in suburban Mumbai to order a takeaway? Dressed in a pink top and blue jeans, Amrita was spotted covering her face with a scarf and constantly staring at her toes. Could it be she’s broken out in a rash? Strange behaviour from someone who’s hardly likely to start a stampede.

Kajol’s daughter, Nysa, is quite the multi-talented kid. She is learning gymnastics. What’s more, the lil’ moppet has joined baking classes for kids. Recently, she even baked a cupcake much to the delight of her friends. Kajol's one helluva proud mom.

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While Imran Khan was on a recent visit to London, he played valet to two young ladies. A source close to the actor reveals, “Imran was standing outside a popular club in London late at night, when two girls seemingly drunk were having much trouble parking their car. Being the perfect gentleman that he is, he offered to help them. And though the two girls were of Indian origin, they didn’t recognise him and gave him their car keys. It was only after he’d parked the car that they realised who he was.” Needless to say, they apologised profusely and even clicked pictures with him.

Bipasha Basu doesn’t seem in a charitable mood these days. After Raaz 3, Bipasha wants to concentrate on performance-oriented films. And the actress seems to have lost patience with poor performers. She recently told Filmfare, “Some of our top stars are such bad actors. They don’t even show any emotions in their films. Every star isn’t a great actor. Some people are just stars.” We couldn’t agree more.

THE GRAPEVINE IS ABUZZ WITH TALK OF A CLANDESTINE LIAISON BETWEEN A MUSIC BARON AND A STARLET. SHE’S EVEN BELIEVED TO HAVE STRIPPED IN HIS OFFICE! TUT, TUT, THE LENGTHS SOME PEOPLE GO TO

Triumphant Esha
Prakash Jha had all but signed Huma Qureshi (of Gangs Of Wasseypur fame) for Chakravyuh when Arjun Rampal reportedly insisted he take on Esha Gupta. An insider says, “The filmmakers were wary of Esha’s bold image and couldn’t see her in the character of a hard-hitting police officer. There were many eyebrows raised when she was signed because Arjun believed in her talent and highly recommended her. But scepticism turned to disbelief to awe when after a few days into the shoot, her hard work and commitment won everyone over. Ah, all’s well that ends well, we guess.

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EMRAAN’S GAME PLAN

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Parineeti trumps Yami

True, false or inbetween? Seems Mahesh Bhatt has reportedly advised Emraan Hashmi to mention Salman Khan in every interview or interaction that he does with the media. The idea is to create a brand identity just like Salman’s and gain the adulation of the masses. Mahesh Bhatt’s foresightedness is being adopted by Emraan and he is all set to abide by his much experienced uncle’s word.

Finally, it seems Parineeti Chopra has jumped onto the brand endorsement bandwagon and will be endorsing a popular deodorant brand. However, it seems the actress wasn’t the first choice for the ad. Says our source, “Yami Gautam was the first choice for the ad since she’s a popular face on TV and even has a hit film to her credit.” But the price she quoted was rather high and so she lost the offer. Though Yami now sees reason and has cut her price, this time it’s Parineeti who’s come up a winner.

Angry Oberoi

SRIDEVI-MADS ACT

You gotta hand it to them. Once the cameras were rolling the two were charm personified. Once ‘Cut’ was announced it was a different story all together. Though the temperature didn’t plunge to the Arctic levels, there was a distinct coolness between Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi on the sets of a dance show. When the two met, there was none of the hugging and flying kisses that are the norm in the industry. In fact, Sri kept to herself and wasn’t seen in animated conversation with Karan Johar or Remo D’Souza either. Guess they aren’t known for their acting prowess for nothing.

Riteish & Genelia act choosy

While Genelia Deshmukh is a popular face on the brand circuit, Riteish isn’t hot. Now the latest buzz however is that several brands are out to woo Genelia and Riteish to be the face of their brand. But, but, but, the two have been rejecting every offer left, right and centre. Apparently, they believe that the brand they endorse together should be something special. Playing hard to get can prove detrimental at times. Let’s just hope they know what they’re doing.

Actor Vivek Oberoi is maha upset with reports that he was chucked out of Balaji’s Shootout At Wadala because of unprofessional behaviour. Journalists writing such slander should first check their facts as he never signed the film in the first place, he fumes. “If Ekta thought I was unprofessional, why would she offer me another film?” he combats. Point taken.

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Deepika Padukone is in a whirligig with her shooting dates. When she isn’t shooting for Sanjay Bhansali’s Ram Leela, she’s neck-deep into Chennai Express with Shah Rukh Khan and Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai with Ranbir Kapoor. Clearly, she’s a girl on a mission. Recently when Filmfare approached her for our online chat, she politely begged off because her dates were fully booked. The much willing and single Deepika also has no time for love or play thanks to her busy, busy schedule.

Imran shows his displeasure
Heard that Imran Khan was miffed when his dates for the Once Upon A Time… sequel were wasted. After shooting for four days for the first schedule, there was almost a gap of six months. For a while Imran, being a gentleman kept his cool, then he communicated his displeasure to all concerned. No sooner did he do that, than shooting schedules were reorganised and started in a jiffy. It’s an interesting casting of sorts, what with Sonakshi Sinha being paired opposite Imran.

We all know kids are close to Shah Rukh Khan’s heart. Now after entertaining the mites for two decades on the big screen, he’s now ready to give them a different type of fun experience. Reportedly, he is apparently investing as a partner in a children’s amusement park in a mall in the suburbs (R Mall, Ghatkopar). Apart from entertainment, it will also be an educational experience for the children. The foreign concept and technology will be here soon. Watch this space for more.

Diana Penty acts pricey
Merely one film old, Diana Penty seems to be getting a little too big for her boots. A little early we might add. Playing diva to the hilt, not only is she asking big monies for commercials she’s acting snooty with the media too. At a recent fashion week in Delhi, she avoided the media hordes and made a beeline for her make-up room, perhaps expecting them to follow her for exclusive one on ones. But they didn’t much to her dismay.

OUR CONDOLENCES TO ASHA BHOSLE WHO RECENTLY LOST HER DAUGHTER VARSHA. PRAYERS AND HEALING FOR THE BEREAVED MANGESHKAR FAMILY
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From mullet silhouettes to peplums and more... presenting 10 hottest fashion fads from B-town
COMPILED BY: KARISHMA LOYNMOON, RAEDITA TANDAN

Thought clinging to your fashion myths was the way to go? Our divas make you think again

Bipasha Basu swears by her soft curls. Get this natural look in eight simple steps

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Deepika Padukone goes sexy in red. Our other glam dolls aren’t far behind. Feast your eyes

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TRENDS OF TODAY
CALVIN KLEIN

THE LENGTH

Short is no longer appealing. Going an inch or two BELOW THE KNEE is the latest sensation as Chitrangda Singh has done.

Move over geeky frames. CAT-EYED SPECTACLES are the next big thing. Work it like Kangna Ranaut.

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It undoubtedly has to be the PEPLUM. They can be anything from tops and jackets to skirts or dresses. Even Preity Zinta swears by them.

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BLOCK HEELS are the thing, girls! PC has ditched her stilettoes and pencil heels, so should you!

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DIGITAL PRINTS are the flavour of the season. You can work this look in a traditional or western attire. Doesn’t it make Karisma Kapoor look funkier too?

Bring out those bright, NEON SHADES. The oranges, yellows, greens, purples and turquoise blues. What are you waiting for gals? PC’s already having her share of fun.

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THE PANTS

MULLET silhouettes are chic, funky and uber cool. Kareena Kapoor hits the bull’s eye.

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Our B-town hunks jazz up their look with BRIGHT, COLOURFUL SHADES. You’ll find them in reds, purples, yellows, blues and more. Neither can Akshay Kumar do without them, nor can our fashion pundits stop raving about them.

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Playing hide and seek with your MIDRIFF is the ultimate sex appeal this season. Don’t believe us? Check out Sonam Kapoor.

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MYTHS BUSTED
You can’t mix fashion with formulas, it just doesn’t work. Don’t believe us? Check our B-town stars bust your perennial myths
FACT: If you want to keep up with the times, you ought to do it like Shazahn Padamsee. Print on print is the latest rage. MANTRA: There needs to be some symmetry between the two prints to avoid obvious disconnects.

NEVER MIX A PRINT WITH ANOTHER PRINT

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SHORT GIRLS AND LONG LENGTHS DON’T GET ALONG

SEQUINS ARE FOR EVENING AFFAIRS ONLY!
FACT: Chitrangda Singh’s dress is perfect for a semiformal affair. Besides this, you can even glam up your look with sequin jackets, skirts and funky trousers. MANTRA: Remember to tone down the bling quotient and go minimalistic in the other pieces of your ensemble.

FACT: Doesn’t Kajol shut all the critics up instantly? With the right silhouette and a good pair of heels, you can make the look your own. MANTRA: Don’t let the attire overwhelm your physique. Stay away from bold, dramatic cuts.

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WACKY CURLS
Aren’t poker straight locks so passé? Soft curls are every diva’s hottest rage. Read on to know how to ace the look

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SOFT CURLS IN JUST 8 STEPS:
Wash and brush your hair thoroughly. Scraggily scrunch your hair when it’s wet for that beachy, wavy look. Divide your tresses into upper, middle and lower layers. Take the lower layer closer to your neckline and make a few thick strands. The size of the section influences the crispness of the curl. Spray volumizing serum on every strand individually. Avoid using styling products like hair spray or gels, they make your hair hard and droopy instead of the lively, natural ones. Use a straightening iron near the tip of one strand and roll the iron inwards or outwards. Do not spray hair products while ironing your hair, it could burn your tresses. Complete the rest of the sections similarly. Continue the same procedure in the middle layer with slightly thinner hair strands.

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Follow the same procedure with the upper layer. Use the help of a tail comb to separate every strand, possibly one inch wide. This section takes longer because you need to ‘tease’ your layers for volume.

For teasing hair, firmly hold up the strand with one hand, gently brush against it. Make sure to keep a distance of approximately five inches from the scalp. Make sure that you create tangles that offer resistance. Keep on repeating the brushing, till you have attained the desired volume. After this, apply serum on the teased section. Let it down gently and finally curl your locks. Brush hair from middle downwards with your fingers to soften the curls.

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The latest entrant in B-town, Alia Bhatt, keeps up with the trend. Ain’t her zany curls looking smokin’ hot?

Celebs
Priyanka Chopra opts for the wavy, scrunchy look Dia Mirza pins her curls up cutely

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Bipasha Basu’s long curls are so lust-worthy

Nargis Fakhri flaunts her natural curls for a cocktail party

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RED RAGE
Bold. Gorgeous. Sensational. Red is easily the sexiest colour. And an elegant red gown or maxi dress can add oodles of charisma to an appearance. Here’s a gang of B-town girls sporting this latest trend. Take your pick

1 1 Sassy girl Think red gown, think elegance. And Bipasha Basu is elegance personified in this Pria Kataria Puri maxi dress. Plus, everything looks great on that enviable body. The golden tassels stand out. A winning look for any occasion. 2 Sexy lady Malaika Arora Khan sports this stunning red Namrata Joshipura gown with élan. The deep neck and sequins add oodles of glamour. Minimalistic make-up with just a statement ring makes this the perfect look for a red carpet event. 3 Simple elegance Alia Bhatt shows us how one can look demure even while sporting a striking colour like red. She keeps her look simple by choosing to only accessorise her maxi dress with a gold cuff bracelet. But we think it's a little too plain for someone so vivacious and young.

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Red on red hasn’t looked hotter. We’re talking about Deepika Padukone’s sexy red lipstick on her red lace Gaurav Gupta gown. She gets brownie points for that eye-catching hairdo. Want to make a bold statement and grab eyeballs? This is one look you must try!

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WOOING IN WHITE

Whether they are making a red carpet appearance or attending an event, white seems to be the colour of the season for many of our B-towners. Check out the ones who stole our hearts
1 Ethnic chic We love Katrina Kaif’s embroidered Indian outfit. With barely any make-up and her hair tied in a bun, the actress is a vision in white. You can also glam it up for a sangeet or a mehendi function with exquisite silver or gold jewellery. 2 Cool & casual Looking uber cool in a white men’s top on white jeans, Akshay Kumar seems all set to go for a casual brunch. The only dash of colour here are his black loafers, which complement his look perfectly. Ain’t he always stylish? 3 All class Rahul Khanna gets it bang on with his black bow-tie. Even those black patent leather shoes and white and black pocket scarf have us drooling. If you ask us, a white tuxedo hasn’t looked better. Hope the men out there are listening!

The pretty Karisma Kapoor looks classy in this white Paule Ka dress. The black belt, black peep-toes and the black and white Chanel clutch are a perfect contrast to her outfit. Opt for this look if you want to look your best at a formal office dinner.

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THE MUSE
Once you’ve been bitten by the Sabyasachi bug, there’s no looking back. Tinsel town hotties can’t resist this designer’s creations either. While some take to monotony, some don’t
1 No more guesses She’s the true blue Sabyasachi torchbearer. Vidya Balan doesn’t seem to mind it though. However, we can’t wait for the day she gets a tad experimental with her tastes. Hopefully, there’ll be some twists in her fashion sensibilities too. Till then, monotony it is. 2 Chaotic daze Aiyyaa! Why such a busy attire for someone who isn’t gifted in the height department? Adding to Rani Mukerji’s mishap are those heavy-duty neckpieces. She doesn’t score with her look and she even lacks attention to detail, read baby pink nails. 3 Chic mode Doesn’t she look like that hot airhostess we just can’t take our eyes off? Jacqueline Fernandez gets it right by flaunting her midriff in a high-waist skirt. What also makes for a trendy change is her fancy hairdo and earrings, ditching that predictable statement neckpiece.

We’re glad that this diva opted for a saree that exudes vintage charm. In fact, this silhouette is perfect for Sridevi since it gives her slender frame that much needed fullness. Earrings were the only way she could accessorise it. She aces her look with a neat bun. We like!

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Damian Thomson, Ruth Aguilar, Mehdi Nebbou, Sridevi, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Yu Son and Sumeet Vyas in English Vinglish

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GenNext actors up close and personal. Malvika Raaj and Ali Khan spice up our Hottie pages

Our box-office report on Kismet Love Paisa Dilli, Oh My God and Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal gives you the latest buzz from showbiz

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Devesh Sharma reports from the sets of Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya
location because it’s never been used in Hindi films. “I have an eye for the unusual. I’m inspired by our earlier directors who took pains to choose beautiful locations for song picturisations.” The film stars singer Shaan too, besides Mika and Gabriela. Sunil tells me it’s a comedy of errors. “Mika is called Balwinder Singh and so is Shaan. Now, a rich old man dies and leaves everything to Balwinder Singh. So it’s a race for every Balwinder in town to prove he’s the real one.” Sunil is hopeful of the film’s success and wants to carry it forward as a franchise. “Are you aware of the Carry On... series? They were situational comedies and I have the same vision for Balwinder Singh.” Sunil adds, “The coming together of Shaan and Mika would be unusual for the audience. They sing their own songs and have composed as well. Besides them, Lalit Pandit too contributed towards the music.” Veteran choreographer Chinni

Film: Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya Director: Sunil Agnihotri Producers: Sunil Agnihotri and Vandana Jain Banner: Sunil Agnihotri Productions and Vandana Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd Music: Mika, Shaan and Lalit Pandit Release date: February 2013

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Prakash is monitoring Mika’s and Gabriela’s moves. It’s nice to see a Brazilian beauty cavorting to Indian latka jhatkas. Chinni says Gabriela has done South films and is accustomed to our setup. “If she can pull off Tamil and Telugu numbers then this must be a cakewalk for her. She has come to understand some Hindi. She knows how to emote and can move to the rhythm.” He says of the dream sequence, “Mika considers Gabriela to be his dream girl. So I’ve given that kind of treatment to this bhangra pop.” We saunter towards Mika who’s chatting with Gabriela. “I’m trying to teach her Indian gaalis. They’ll come in handy if someone misbehaves with her.” Mika is happy about his acting debut. “I’m doing this film because it’s a comedy. My character is close to what I am in real life. Shaan and I have had a gala time.” Break over, the dancers strike another pose, cinematographer Nirmal Jani searches for a different angle, the Nagra booms back on and Mika is ready to romance Gabriela on cue. The clouds play hide and seek with the sun, adding to the ambience. The director yells action and the dream unspools once more… n

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An update of the films released between September 11 to October 10, 2012

First Look Box office

COMEDY CIRCUS
It’s raining comedies and how. The good news is that the viewers have become more discerning and are rejecting anything that doesn’t meet their standards. So filmmakers can’t serve up anything in the name of comedy and still come up trumps. Kamal Dhamaal Malamaal, made at an estimated budget of 15 crores didn’t have the wherewithal to sustain enough footfalls and could manage some 6 crores as first week collections. Oh My God! with an estimated budget of 20 crores garnered 50 crores and is still counting. Its message that we should stop blindly believing in God seems to have hit home. Not bad for a Paresh Rawal film. Kismet Love Paisa Dilli was trashed by the critics and couldn’t cover its miniscule budget. English Vinglish, a comedy revolving around how knowing English is a pan-Indian obsession, garnered good results. Made on a purported budget of 15 crores, it has garnered some 27 crores worldwide so far and has helped Sridevi make a smashing comeback.

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FINAL ANALYSIS

Oh My God!

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Director: Umesh Shukla Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar,Govind Namdeo, Mithun Chakraborty and Mahesh Manjrekar Release date: September 28, 2012 Rapid review: A powerful jolt against superstition. Trade verdict: “I’m extremely happy with the box office collections. It’s good to see everyone from 18 to 80 enjoying my film.” – Umesh Shukla, director

Akshay Kumar in Oh My God!

Viewer’s verdict: “Loved every moment of it.” – Kavita G, 24, engineering student

Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal
Director: Priyadarshan Cast: Nana Patekar, Shreyas Talpade, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri Release date: September 28, 2012 Rapid review: A comedy revolving around Nana Patekar playing the village strongman. Trade verdict: No reply was forthcoming despite repeated attempts.

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Flop

Viewer’s verdict: “Waste of time, money and talent.“ – Sachin More, 23, engineering student

Shreyas Talpade and Madhurima in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal

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English Vinglish
Director: Gauri Shinde Cast: Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain and Priya Anand Release date: October 5, 2012 Rapid review: A thoughtful comedy about our obsession with English. Trade verdict: “It has earned 1 million dollars overseas in three days and 13.5 crores in India during the same period. People are genuinely loving it.” – R Balki, producer

Sridevi in English Vinglish

Viewer’s verdict: “It’s a nice family film that strikes a chord. I had an instant connect with it.” – Amit Ranpise, 29, software engineer

Kismet Love Paisa Dilli
Director: Sanjay Khanduri Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat, Neha Dhupia and Ashutosh Rana Release date: October 5, 2012 Rapid review: A dark comedy about a common man caught in the web of a corrupt system. Trade verdict: “My film wasn’t marketed well and got bad show timings as well. There was abysmal publicity too. It did collect some 6 crores over the weekend in Delhi and other North centres but thanks to bad press by critics, the film lost out in Mumbai and other metros as well as in the South.” – Sanjay Khanduri, director

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Flop

Viewer’s verdict: “Did make me laugh in places.” – Krunal Gohil, 28, businessman

Mallika Sherawat and Vivek Oberoi in KLPD

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First Look: Hottie

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Name: Malvika Raaj Age: 20 Place of birth: Mumbai Vital stats: 33-26-36 Qualification: Bachelor Of Commerce (Business Studies) Previous projects: Played the kid Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Future projects: Still waiting for the right break Dream role: Kajol’s in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Other interests: Belly dancing Favourite film: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Favourite directors: Karan Johar and Imtiaz Ali Favourite actors: Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan Favourite actresses: Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

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“My marriage has become a joke”
repare for a grand welcome. Rani Mukerji makes a comeback yet again with the acclaimed Aiyyaa. But did she ever go away? Though she’s been doing fewer films in the recent past, each time the brandy-eyed actor is ready with a release, she makes her fans and critics sit up – with excitement. And Aiyyaa with debutant director Sachin Kundalkar has not disappointed. Yet again Rani’s proved that she’s an actor who defies the seasons. Her secret? She ‘moves with the times’ working with younger directors and unconventional scripts. Now, she’s got yet another whammy for connoisseurs of her talent. With Reema Kagti’s Talaash up for release, Rani’s rendezvous with the arc lights continues. Her personal life never fails to pique curiousity either. Rumours of her romance with Yash Raj Films’ honcho Aditya Chopra never fail to intrigue. And in denying them, she only adds to the mystery of a diligently reported saga…

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Raghuvendra Singh tries to crack the mystique of Rani Mukerji

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Outfit: Gauri & Nainika

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You’re a warm, social person. Why have you been keeping such a low-profile?

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Everyone has a viewpoint. Many actors have others handling their account when they are busy. The fewer people around me, the happier I am.

Aiyyaa…

I haven’t deliberately maintained a low-profile. That’s just perception. Today everyone is on social networking sites and in the news. I’m old-fashioned. Till four-five years ago, we gave interviews only when our films were about to release or when we had something important to say. I follow the same pattern. I’m more interested in the making of my films. I’m not into Twitter, Facebook or blogs. Maybe, that’s why people think I keep a low profile.

Aiyyaa has romance, story, music, dance and entertainment. It’s a film you can watch with your family.

Every film of yours creates anticipation…

But even the Prime Minister is on Twitter!
Well, it’s important for the PM to be on Twitter. But what’s there for me to say? People who have much to share like to be on social networking sites. I’m happy in my circle. I spend most of my time at home.

Every actor is alive because of his/ her fans. I’m glad that my fans love me so much. I have an immense responsibility towards them. That’s why I’m careful while signing a film. What is also important is to judge whether I myself would like to watch the film as an audience. Audience tastes change every year. You should keep that in mind. You need to choose directors and writers who move with the times.

In Aiyyaa, your character Meenakshi is supposed to get attracted to a person by his smell? Would that apply to you in real life too?
Of course! In my earlier interviews I was often asked, ‘What attracts you to a man?’ And I’d reply, ‘Smell! A man should smell really good’.

Which of your co-stars smells best?
Shah Rukh Khan. He always wears wonderful perfumes. I’d often check his perfume collection. I’d even ask him, ‘What perfume are you wearing today?’

Will Aiyyaa make it to the 100 crore club?

Do you look on them as a waste of time?

No, it’s an individual viewpoint. Some like to keep in touch and let

Maybe if you go to Shirdi (Sai Baba’s shrine) and pray for me, this may come true (Smiles). I believe in doing my work with all my heart and love. I don’t waste my time thinking beyond that. We do a film hoping it is liked

What attracted you to Meenakshi Deshpande of Aiyyaa?

Meenakshi gets attracted to Surya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) because of the way he smells. It’s an absolutely

There’s no one who can say, ‘This film will win you an award’ or ‘This will do 100 crore business’. If anyone can predict this, all filmmakers would rush to him and stop going to temples and mosques
everyone know what they’re up to. My outlook is different. I’m not saying I’ll never be on Twitter. I might be tomorrow. But till now, I haven’t felt the need to do so. I believe each time I come in front of the audience, I should come with a film. I’m not interested in talking about my personal life. I’m more interested in my work. Perhaps I’m wrong in not giving enough importance to social networking sites. Maybe, I should. by both the audience and the critics. How far it goes is not in our hands. It also depends on your destiny. new flavour in Hindi films. Anurag Kashyap often praised Sachin Kundalkar as a director. He even showed me a short film by Sachin and I liked his work. I told Anurag that if Sachin came to me with a good story, I’d definitely work with him. And Sachin did come to me with a great story. Also, I’d never played a Marathi girl.

Many actresses aim just to be part of the 100 crore club without giving any importance to their roles. Would you do such a film?
No one can come to you with a script and claim that it will be a success.

Don’t your friends like Karan Johar advise you to be on Twitter?

But Sajid Khan claims his remake of Himmatwala will make that kind of money.

How did you prepare to play Meenakshi?

Oh yes, they do. But you don’t need to follow everything that your friends say. Some ask me to be on Twitter just before the release of my film saying it would be good for the publicity of the film. But I believe that’s a misuse of the medium.

But this is something which

Maybe God has been kind to him till now. But as far as I know, there’s no one who can say, ‘Do this film; it will win you an award’ or ‘it will do 100 crore business’. If anyone can predict this, all filmmakers would rush to him and stop going to temples and mosques. My way of working is content driven. Without content, nothing can work.

I had to look like Meenakshi Deshpande. So it was important for me to talk like her, walk like her... Meenakshi doesn’t dream only at night but also during the day. I found that trait interesting. I did many readings with Sachin and his associate director Chinmay Kelkar. The way a Marathi speaking person pronounces English or Hindi words is different. So I imbibed that nuance. I wanted Meenakshi to be

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It’s important for the PM to be on Twitter. But what’s there for me to say? People who have much to share like to be on social networking sites. I’m happy in my circle. I spend most of my time at home
like someone’s girlfriend, someone’s lover, daughter-in-law, daughter, sister, niece... The audience should feel that this girl belongs to their neighbourhood. When you work with a good actor, even your work improves. Prithvi helped me give better shots. The supporting cast of this film is from Marathi theatre and cinema; all of them are great actors. If people appreciate my work in the film, then the credit goes to them. Prithvi told me that he’s been my fan for long and that he had seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai when he hadn’t even begun acting.

Talaash is also with a new director - Reema Kagti. What’s the best part about working with new directors?
Sachin Kundalkar and Reema both like me as an actor. When an artiste works with a director who’s fond of her, then it’s a completely different rapport. Reema had been approaching me for 10 years. New directors have already seen your films, so their perspective is different. They try to portray you differently in their script. So, half your work is made easy.

Reportedly, you went shopping for your costumes in Aiyyaa. Was this a first?
I’ve done it ever since I worked in Saathiya. Even for Bunty Aur Babli, I went shopping with Akki Narula (costume designer).

How did you react when it was reported that 10 lakhs was spent on your make-up?

Is it true that you’re helping Prithviraj to bag roles in Hindi films?

How would you react to a lie? If I talk about this, I’d only be giving importance to a journalist who doesn’t deserve it.

How was the experience of working with Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran?
It was great! He’s a seasoned actor. He’s cooperative and intelligent.

Really? I didn’t know that! There’s nothing like that. If you ask me about Prithvi today, I’ll only say good things about him. You work with some people, you see a spark in them and you can’t help praising them. But everyone has their own destiny. No one can make anyone. Who reaches where and when, is all written. You shouldn’t give credit to someone else for this.

Who else would you like to work with?

I’d like to work with Zoya Akhtar. Zoya’s been wanting to work with me for years. I’m sure working with her will add to my performance. I also like Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Maneesh Sharma and Abhishek Chaubey. I never got a chance to work with Adi (filmmaker Aditya Chopra). I’d love it if he directs me.

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Outfit: Amit Aggarwal

I got married to Aditya Chopra eight months ago? Who said so? Some tabloid? What can I do about people who believe lies? It’s a world full of liars.My marriage has become a joke, which is absolutely wrong
The directors you named make meaningful films. Are you on such a trip now?
No. Imtiaz Ali’s films are highly commercial. Zoya also makes commercial films. I’d also be happy to work with those directors with whom I’ve already worked, like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shaad Ali. Then, there is Karan Johar. If Reema and Sachin approach me again, I’d work with them too.

After Salman Khan’s, it’s your marriage which is most speculated about. Why don’t you end these speculations?

life and doing my work. God will give you success. And even if he doesn’t, there’s a lesson to be learnt.

Marriage is not something to be rushed into. While doing Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, I realised that if you marry, it should be for the right reasons. It’s important that you make it work and not take it as a joke.

What’s your relationship with Aditya Chopra?
He has been my producer. and is a friend.

Allegedly, you got married to Aditya Chopra eight months ago...

What’s stopping you from getting married? Haven’t you still found the right guy?

Reportedly, he gifted you a car worth one and a half crore…
Yet another lie! What can I do about lies? People think only a man can lavish gifts on a woman, a woman can never gift a man. This is cheap mentality. I sometimes feel sorry to hear what people say.

Who said so? Some tabloid? What can I do about people who believe lies? It’s a world full of liars. I only pray that the truthful are able to survive in this world so that people can finally know the truth. My marriage has become a joke, which is absolutely wrong. But when you’re part of the industry, people have a right to write about you. You cannot stop them.

I’ve heard that we come on the earth in pairs, get separated only to meet once again through marriage. So whoever is there on this earth for me, will eventually get paired with me. Till then, I’ll enjoy my singlehood.

Are you aware that you are referred to as ‘the boss’ of Yash Raj Films?
I’m not bothered about what people say behind my back. I don’t need to know about it. I believe in living my

You are working with Kareena Kapoor in Talaash after a decade. Share some special moments with her.

During the shooting of Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Kareena and I had great fun. We cherish those memories. We are fond of each other. During the shoot in London, we’d often go to Hyde Park

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who decide whether or not they want to see an actor. The day the audience decides they no longer want to see me on screen, I’ll quit.

You’re close to your niece Mayesha. Would you like her to follow in your footsteps?

Who am I to wish that? I pray that she has a great life. I want her to be happy and healthy. The rest is up to the Almighty. When she grows up she’ll decide what she wants to do.

With Prithviraj Sukumaran in Aiyyaa

One actor you’d like to work with…

Rajnikanth. I’d like to work with him.

I’m helping Prithviraj to bag roles in Hindi films? I didn’t know that! No one can make anyone. Who reaches where and when, is all written
for a walk. We had our meals together. When we were in Switzerland, I remember having strawberries and ice cream. Whilst shooting in the Lake District, the entire unit travelled in the same bus and played antakshari on the way. Today times have changed. Now, every actor travels in a different car. We share a common trait — we are both frank, we hold nothing in our hearts. In Talaash we didn’t have any scenes together. But we’ve shot together for a promotional video.

Forty-plus actors continue to rule while it’s not the same with actresses of that age…

QUICK FIRE FROM FANS
IF YOU COULD SWITCH CAREERS, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
@Funky_Nicky23 I would bake a cake.

If you choose scripts according to your age then the audience will accept you. Of course, male actors continue to play the hero even after 40, while heroines don’t. But if you maintain yourself and present yourself well, people will want to see you. Finally, content is king. For example Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award at the Oscars (for The Iron Lady) last year. Slowly, the trend here is also changing.

You’ve worked with Aamir Khan again too. What has remained unchanged about him?

His passion for work. Actually, it’s increasing every day. His dedication towards a project has doubled. There used to be a sense of fun earlier, which is less today.

@Star_Khadija I feel proud because I have learnt a lot from Aamir. He has been an integral part of my growth as an actor.

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Actors like Kajol and Madhuri Dixit are somewhere redefining this…

Yes. Even Sridevi is doing so. Slowly, the age barrier will disappear too.

When you are the biggest star in a project, do you try to take advantage of the fact?

Who among the new actresses has impressed you? Parineeti Chopra seems to have a similar spark to yours…

I loved Deepika Padukone’s work in Cocktail; Parineeti’s in Ishaqzaade, Anushka Sharma’s in Band Baaja Baaraat, Sonakshi Sinha’s in Dabangg and Katrina Kaif’s in New York. Anushka and Parineeti are natural and act straight from the heart.

@AddictedToRani Hmmm. I also regret not being on a social networking site but there are lot of people who help me pass on msgs to all my fans. So just wanna let all the Ranians around the world know I get their love and msgs.

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No. When you are a team player the words ‘advantage’ and ‘disadvantage’ hold no meaning. Today the nature of film units has changed. You find people fresh out of film schools—all young guns working. The atmosphere on the sets is informal. You can’t even try to take advantage as this generation is the smartest ever. But you have to keep telling them the right way to do things.

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IS IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO MARRY ADITYA CHOPRA?
@Mitha86Mitha Not true.

Do the new actresses need to be ‘afraid’ of established actresses like you?

No actor is big enough to decide when to stop working. It’s the audiences

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He’s a daredevil in his own right. He dared to take the path less travelled. He continues to be politically incorrect in an industry that thrives on saccharine overkill. Yet, nothing has staggered Abhay Deol’s growth as an actor. Right from Socha Na Tha to Dev.D, Manorama Six Feet Under, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Shanghai, Abhay Deol’s roles have chucked the stereotypical template. In the personal realm too he remains as committed to model and live-in partner Preeti Desai. He displays no compulsion to play hide and seek about the status of the relationship. In fact, the plain speak has only swelled his fan following. Excerpts from a candid chat…

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Though Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai won critical acclaim, it didn’t work at the box office…
The film hasn’t booked huge profits but it had made money. For a film of its kind, the budget was big (reportedly 19 crores). There was no clarity in Shanghai about who the hero was and who was the villain. The plot should have been simpler. If you say what is wrong and what is right in a straightforward manner, shoot it simply and put in some songs, then the combination works. Shanghai is successful in a way. It’s a step forward for Indian cinema. Most films go over-the-top these days. Everyone follows the herd mentality of making a comedy film or a sex film. Some studios are growing by making only such kind of films. It’s not that they are marketing gurus. It means that they can only sell cheap stuff.

I think I should make adjustments. I’ve been stubborn in following the path I’ve chosen... But if I’d done both kinds of films, I’d be neither here nor there
conventional film where there is a hero, heroine and villain?
At times I think I should make adjustments. I’m stubborn and am only following the path I’ve chosen for myself. But it’s brought me respect. If I’d done both kinds of films, I’d be neither here nor there. Right now, I am somewhere at least. I did Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Now I am working in Chakravyuh.

It’s important for audiences and the industry to understand what you are all about. You have to make your own brand just like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have.

You worked hard to play TA Krishnan in Shanghai. Did Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh also require such preparation?
To play some characters you have to prepare a lot because they belong to a different background. For some you have to prepare less because you know their background. T A Krishnan’s character was far removed from my life. His age, background, attitude, language… was all different. Kabir in Chakravyuh is more identifiable.

What challenges did you face while shooting for Chakravyuh since it was largely shot in a forest?
There’s a lot of action in the film. So in a way it was demanding.

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You surprised everyone by agreeing to work with Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhanaa after the rancour post the release of Aisha…
I’m just doing a cameo in Raanjhanaa (director Anand L Rai). So I don’t have to suffer Sonam for long (Laughs). What happened was in the past. One should not hold on to grudges and must move on in life. But whatever I said earlier, I still maintain. I will not retract my earlier statement. (Reportedly Abhay said Aisha, Sonam’s home production, was more about clothes than acting).

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So you have forgotten it all?
Such things happen all the time. I was critical of my own film, so it became a big issue. But I have all the right to criticise it. We always criticise other people’s films. Then why can’t we be critical of our own? Do you think I love all the films I’ve worked in? There are many I haven’t liked. But I have forgotten the past. I don’t think the Kapoor family is holding on to it either. Life is short. People forgive and forget. If I had had any problems working with Sonam in Aisha, I wouldn’t have done Raanjhanaa. There were no problems on the set.

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for the passion. Where you can’t charge your price. You have to be clear about your priorities. Whether you want to be a star and make money or you want to be an actor and command respect. The two don’t always go together. I wanted both. I knew that Dev.D would do a lot of business but I was not a big name then. Those days people who made a film with me had the attitude ‘You should be thankful that we’re making a film with you - what is your market?’ When Dev.D became a hit, even the studio (UTV Spotboy) was surprised. Had they known the film would be so successful they would have removed me from the film at the eleventh hour. Producer Vikas Bahl was making a film with Anurag Kashyap not with me. Anurag insisted that since it was my idea, he’d only cast me.

Have you suffered because of your straight talk?
I have made it on my own. I have worked with directors like Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Navdeep Singh who are straightforward and honest too. If I were working with someone who played politics or had a strong standing in the industry and made the kind of films I acted in, then I too would have moved forward with them. In such a case, I would have to be careful with my words. Since I am working with simple, honest people, I can afford to be honest too. What’s there to be afraid of?

Why did you agree to a cameo?
You get to do a special appearance in a film only if you have done something in life. It’s a privilege I have earned. When I heard the story, I understood why Anand L Rai wanted to cast me in the film. I have always maintained that if your role is good, then there’s no harm in doing even a cameo. I even played a small part in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. I want the freedom to do one solo hero film and then be part of a three hero film as well. I want people to accept me in all kinds of roles.

The concept of Dev. D was yours. Why haven’t you come up with more such ideas?
I am working on another film based on my idea. A writer will make her directorial debut with that. I haven’t decided whether I should make the film under my banner (Forbidden Films). Right now, I am in a position where anyone will fund me. I won’t be acting in this film. I want to remain behind the scenes. Actually, I have been doing that for years, and have never taken credit for it.

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I’m just doing a cameo in Raanjhanaa. So I don’t have to suffer Sonam for long (Laughs)

By working in parallel films, aren’t you compromising on your price?
There are some films you do purely

You've launched your banner Forbidden Films…
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Have you ever been stalked by a female fan?
There are some fans who start shivering when they meet me. I find that weird. I talk to them and make them feel relaxed. I tell them I am a normal human being just like them. But most say, ‘Hey we like your work, you’re simple and natural’. I am often told, ‘Sir you have a lovely smile. We believed you to be a serious person’. This is because of the cinema I do. That they respect me and are warm towards me is what makes me happy.

cropped up (laughs). If you ask me if I am involved with the production aspect of my next film, then my reply would be in the positive. But if you ask me whether I am the producer of the film, my reply would be in the negative.

(Laughs) Right now, I can only think of my girlfriend Preeti Desai (model). There is no one more beautiful than her. The world’s most beautiful woman is my girlfriend.

Can we infer that you’ll turn director one day?
I have never thought of becoming a director. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever direct.

What makes Preeti different from others?
She is polite and down-to-earth. She is real. She has been working since the age of 17. She is straightforward. She doesn’t play games. I like simplicity in a person. It’s very difficult to find a beautiful girl who’s also simple. If a girl is beautiful, it somehow goes to her head.

You were seen playing brother to the hilt at Esha Deol’s wedding.
We share that kind of a relationship. I was happy that she was getting married. I’m emotional, though not the kind who’ll start crying at a sister’s wedding. I’m glad she has found a the right man (businessman Bharat Takhtani) who’s very good for her. n

Who are the three most beautiful women you have come across?

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You’re dubbed ‘lucky’ by filmmakers…
I don’t know whether I am lucky or not. These tags are given by the media. My films have succeeded so I am being called lucky. I don’t pay much attention to these things. I only focus on my work. part of life. It happens to the best of people.

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Ramayan, Shatrughan Sinha’s landmark bungalow in the suburbs, has gone through an image overhaul. It’s now a high-end luxurious seven-storey structure. What’s more, three floors belong to sons Luv and Kush and daughter Sonakshi individually. The trio is busy doing up their spaces to reflect their distinct tastes. In keeping with the upward curve that her life’s been taking, Sonakshi has chosen the topmost floor. And it’s clearly a beautiful view… from the top!
technicians. It’s the combined hard work that touched a chord with the audience at such a huge level.

But there must be some secret to your success…
There is no secret. Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore didn’t become hits only because of me. The films that I’d like to see as an audience are the kinds I choose to work in. I didn’t think about how they would fare at the box-office. Credit goes to all — the director, my co-stars, the

Okay, so what would you say are your plus and minus points?
I have good screen presence, my dialogue delivery is good; rather it’s quite like my father’s (Shatrughan SInha). I know Hindi well and I’m confident, again like my father. These are my plus points. My minus point would be that I am impulsive.

Are you prepared that this tag could be taken away?
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don’t play a certain part, someone else will. If the character was not required, it wouldn’t have been in the film in the first place. Being a part of a film is something in itself.

Recently, your name was linked with Ranveer Singh. How much attention do you pay to these rumours?
Rumours are to be laughed at. The less you react to them, the better it is. If you react, then you’re adding fuel to the fire. It then becomes a tennis match. It was even said that my parents were upset. But the fact is that these things don’t affect anyone. Dad has been in this industry for 35 years. He knows what people are writing and why. He doesn’t have to read the papers or magazines to get news about me. He knows his daughter very well.

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At times, I lose my temper. But that happens rarely. I can control my weaknesses.

What upsets you?
When you are part of the industry you get used to many things. You get up in the morning; you read a few things about yourself in the newspaper. Here are people who don’t know you at all but still write anything about you. One gets used to that. If I’m praised for my work, my professionalism, then I feel happy about it.

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But why do celebrities generally hide their love life?
It’s a personal choice. If you are an actor then you are in the public glare. So if you can hide a few things about your life, it’s a good thing.

You have been paired opposite senior heroes like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. Would you relate better to a mature partner in real life too?
(Laughs) I don’t know how to answer your question. A mature man? No way. My on screen romances have nothing to do with my personal tastes. I’d rather date someone of my age.

Actors are surrounded by sycophants. Doesn’t it get difficult to differentiate between genuine praise and the fake?
I can gauge when someone heaps false praise. The people around me are those whom I have known for years—my friends, my family. I know they won’t flatter me. And if I have gone wrong, they will point it out to me.

Apparently, Akshay Kumar has been recommending you for his films.
If your chemistry is appreciated with a co-star then filmmakers sign you together. I’m always on time for my shoots and complete it on time. I don’t create problems for my producers. This matters a lot in the industry. That’s why people want to sign me again and again. I’m not sure whether these talks about Akshay recommending me are true or not.

Can we see you in a film where you will actually be the hero?
Definitely, why not? Only three films of mine have released so far. Lootera is perhaps such a film where the girl’s part is equal to the boy’s. That will perhaps be the beginning.

In most films, heroines are reduced to bit roles…
I don’t think so. A role, whether big or small, is work after all. If I
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Being Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, are men afraid to approach you?
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So you’ve never been in love?
No, it’s not that love has never happened. It has but I am not in love right now.

Like your father, are you interested in politics?
No. I am happy acting. I do get to know a little about it in our daily conversations.

interview that being fat is not sexy. What’s your take?
Everyone has their individual opinion. What she said was to the effect, ‘Fat is not sexy but fit is sexy’. And she is absolutely right. I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t find a person beautiful, it’s fine. That’s your opinion.

Your dad was in hospital recently. It must have been a difficult period.
Yes, it was somewhat difficult. Dad has always been my priority. I was with him in the hospital every day either before or after shooting. If I found time in the middle of the

Since you have categorically refused to do intimate scenes, won’t it affect your range as an actor?
Right now, I don’t care about it as I am working in films where such scenes are not required. If I have a short-lived career because of this, so be it. We’ll see.

Apparently, Farah Khan wants to sign you for Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan…
Has she told you that? (Laughs)

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I have also read the reports. She has not contacted me yet. I have worked with her in Joker, where she was a choreographer. She’s a good director and I’d like to work with her.

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Your brothers Luv and Kush also tried their luck in films. But you raced ahead…
They are proud of their sister. There’s no envy between us. Dad has raised us all in the same way. He has never been partial to any of us. Dad told me that I could do whatever I wanted to and that he’d support me. My brother Kush will be directing a film. The script sessions have begun. If there’s a role for me I’d love to do it. But right now I am caught up with my own commitments.

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We’re barely minutes into Filmfare’s Live chat console and our web server’s crashed. That’s proof of Imran Khan’s astounding online popularity. As fans anxiously wait to chat with the star, we shift base to Twitter. The social networking ground has been missing Imran’s presence since the time he chose to quit. “Give me the laptop,” he asserts. “I’d prefer to type out my answers.” While the back end team is busy fixing the technical glitches, Imran keeps up well on Twitter at the same breakneck speed with which the questions trickle in. We move back to the Filmfare Carnival site and Imran’s happy to answer them all individually...
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Kicking off a monthly column where non-filmi celebs talk movies and more. This month, Virat Kohli speaks to Raedita Tandan on Bollywood bombshells and his favourite films

Undoubtedly one of the most dazzling stars in the glittering galaxy of Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression matches his flamboyance off it. He might be known for his destructive batting style and efficient fielding but away from cricket; this talented player is just another 24-year-old who’s passionate about fast cars, trendy clothes and latest gadgets. But among his many passions, his love for the movies tops the list. So we, at Filmfare, got this young vice-captain of the Indian cricket team to talk about his admiration for films and everything related to it. Though he was in the midst of his practice for the 2012 T-20 World Cup (not to mention rejoicing over the fact that he was recently awarded the ODI Cricketer of the Year), Virat’s answers were as free-flowing as some of his exquisite cover drives. Enjoy!
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I have always been a fan of the Hindi movies and my earliest memories of films have to be of watching black and white movies with my family. As a kid, my favourite Hindi movie was Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Anyone who has seen the movie, will know why it was my favourite film. And it’s mainly because of this film that I idolised Aamir Khan as I was growing up. To date, I am a huge Aamir Khan fan. Among the three Khans – Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman – Aamir is my favourite. Not only is he a brilliant actor but he also adapts well to diverse roles.

KAREENA KAPOOR IS THE NO. 1 HEROINE. SHE BEATS KATRINA KAIF AND PRIYANKA CHOPRA IN THE RACE

What I love the most about the Hindi film industry is its music. It sets our cinema apart from the rest of the world. According to me, there’s no better music in the world to dance to. I especially love Punjabi music. My favourite track right now is Tu mera hero from Desi Boyz. I can listen to the song on

IPL & BOLLYWOOD

Time and again, much hullabaloo is made about Bollywood’s involvement in the Indian Premiere League. But as a cricketer, I’d only like to say that my job is on the field and what goes on off it, isn’t really on my radar.

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actress at the moment. However, I think that Kareena Kapoor is the No. 1 heroine. She beats Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra in the race.

I’m a big movie buff. I prefer going to the theatre to watch films but we don’t always have the time to make it to scheduled shows. So I’ve made up for that by installing a 64” TV and an amazing

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I enjoy watching Hollywood movies. The Illusionist is one of the coolest Hollywood films I've seen and Johnny Depp is a great actor. I even

I love watching action films and thrillers. But three of my favourite Hindi films are Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Ishq and 3 Idiots, which aren't from those genres.

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like Angelina Jolie a lot but according to me, the sexiest Hollywood actress is Penelope Cruz. She is my secret celebrity crush.

FILMS & CRICKET

I have never thought about acting but my dream role in a film would be that of Iron Man, which the suave and dashing Robert Downey Jr portrays in the Hollywood series.

FAN MOMENTS

Bollywood has always had a fascination for cricket. Lagaan is by far the best Hindi film based on the sport.

CAREER IN FILMS

I don’t really go to filmi events but I did meet Hrithik (Roshan), Salman (Khan) and a few others at Sachin paaji’s (Tendulkar’s) 100th century dinner, hosted by the Ambanis. It was a fun evening.

SEXIEST ACTRESSES

Among the yesteryear actresses, Rekha wins hands down. She was undoubtedly the sexiest. As for today’s B-town actresses, Katrina Kaif is my favourite. I also think she is the most talented

Katrina Kaif

Quite a few Indian cricketers have tried their hand in films in the past. But I am not open to the idea of a career in Hindi films. Cricket is my one and only love. And I have no back up plans. Recently, there were rumours that Prabhu Sir (Prabhudeva) offered me a film while I was shooting for an ad film with him but those rumours are false. Yes, I did have a great experience shooting with him but the only thing he offered me were a few dance moves. However, if I actually had to pick an Indian cricketer, who’d make for a great actor, I’d choose Zaheer Khan. n

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f her frank speak makes her controversy’s child, then the same candour helps her steer clear of them. Once dubbed ‘the only man in the industry’, the perky Preity Zinta is one actress who’s much more than lip gloss and fluttering eyelashes. From actor to owner of an IPL cricket team to a producer, she’s moved in and out of several avatars with ease. And to think that she once wanted to be a truck driver! Perhaps that’s where her gusto to rough it out on bumpy tracks comes from. As she confides, it’s not been easy shooting her maiden production Ishkq In Paris in snow filled locations.

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She looks slimmer than usual. Having shed 10 kilos in the past year. She attributes the loss to diet and exercise. But the diet plan went for a toss that rain soaked evening when hot samosas and cake were dished out from her kitchen. “Wow samosas… since the film is complete I can indulge myself,” she smiles enjoying the treat. Excerpts… Mukerji is also making a comeback. It’s funny. I agree I was doing IPL (Indian Premier League) but Rani was very much around.

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Has the attitude of the industry changed towards you now that you aren’t doing too many films?

You’re making a comeback after four years with your production Ishkq In Paris…

Firstly, I am not making a comeback. I didn’t go anywhere. Sridevi made a comeback as she did a film after 15 years. I read somewhere that Rani

The attitude of the industry towards me has always been good. People’s attitude depends upon your attitude. Your behaviour should be such that people find it difficult to dislike you. When I first joined films, director Shekhar Kapur advised me, ‘Your career will take shape on your ability to say ‘no’. Also people should respect you. Never give

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something new. Films are a part of me. But I’m not comfortable dedicating my entire life to them. My father’s dream was to open a sports club. I guess that’s where I got this idea. I wanted to be a businesswoman and show the world that an actress too can have an investment portfolio. At that point it was just a $ 5 million investment which I did in partnership. But it wasn’t easy.

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your phone and alcohol bills to the production house.’ I’ve followed this. That’s why I’ve been choosy about my films too.

Recently, you didn’t allow the paparazzi to click your pictures at the airport…
I was returning with my team after

shooting in Paris. We were tired. But the moment I landed at the airport, the photographers jumped on me. It was written I was trying to hide my face as I’ve got work done on it. That’s too much! There are ways to approach a person, you can request me. I’ve always been open to the press. I’m always ready to pose for them. But there has to be decorum, some discipline. To top it, I twisted my ankle in the melee.

What made you venture into cricket?
I was at the top. I wanted to do

Initially, people at the board meeting had a different perception about me. They wondered what a beautiful actress was doing in sports. I was clueless about the business. But I involved myself in the game. I worked right from 8 am to 11 pm. I was obsessed with my team (Kings XI Punjab). That’s why I stopped doing films. In the four years since I have gone through enough ups and downs. My team lost. I had to fight a legal battle. People insinuated that the money invested in the IPL was not mine. I was depressed when my team was defeated at the match in Dharamshala. During that time I was with the Dalai Lama. He said ‘It’s okay.’ I replied, ‘No, it’s not okay. I didn’t play to lose.’ He said, ‘Then you should play in your own field.’ I understood what his words meant. That’s why Ishkq In Paris (director Prem Raj) happened.

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It has got nothing to do with balancing. My friendship with Salman is a decade old, right from Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega. We have seen enough ups and downs in our lives. Be it court cases or anything else, he has always stood by me . Even during the IPL he was ready to help me, be it emotional or financial support. He’s a dear friend. He’s an honest person. People have misunderstood him.

What kind of films would you now like to do?

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What was the most exciting part about Ishkq In Paris?

Everything was exciting and difficult at the same time as this was my first experience. Film production has always been about crisis management. When we went to Paris to shoot, the weather had broken the record of the past 65 years. We shot in -23 degrees. In minutes the place would get covered with snow. The train in which we were shooting collapsed. When we tried to shoot outside the museum and the airport there was a strike. Once, the set was blown away by a storm. The unit asked for a day off. That day I realised the difficulties producers face. As an actress I was only concerned about my hair, make-up, wardrobe and scenes.

Shekhar Kapur advised me, ‘Never give your phone and alcohol bills to the production house’. I’ve followed this

I like doing sensible cinema. I started off with films like Dil Se, Kya Kehna, Sangharsh, Soldier... I’ve never seen myself as an actor who is just ‘hot’ . Also, Armaan was hard hitting, Heaven On Earth realistic and Hero and Veer Zaara memorable.

Yes, when we do quality work people don’t like it. I rate my performance in Heaven On Earth my best so far. The film did good business in Canada. I was also nominated along with Hollywood actresses for this film, which I consider a big thing. Here people hardly talked about the film. According to them the film lacked songs and item numbers.

But your last few films failed at the boxoffice…

How was the experience working with newcomer Rehan Malliek?

Rehan is a good actor. When you work with a newcomer you have to give him time and space. When I faced the camera for the first time in Dil Se I too had no knowledge of acting. Shah Rukh Khan helped me a lot.

You did an item song for Salman Khan in the film Mr And Mrs Khanna and now he has done a song for

Firstly, there’s no shortcut to hard work. Secondly, you should compete only with yourself and not with anyone else. You need to improvise. Thirdly, you always need to prove to yourself. People will never notice the good you have done but will always point out the wrong. Therefore only consider those who matter to you. Fourthly, if you’re successful in one area it doesn’t mean you’ll excel in another too. You might have to put in extra effort.

What are the lessons you’ve learnt over the years?

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Have you suffered because of your frank nature?
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I AM a confident person and love everything about myself. The path might seem difficult but I always believe in taking the right one. I can work happily for 25 hours without complaining one bit. I AM not a morning person. Also, I lack patience. After repeating something twice or thrice, I lose patience. I AM a good cook. I can do all girly things like embroidery and stitching. At the same time I’m an outdoor person and love hiking. I AM insecure about my mother; she is the only one I have. I want to see her happy and in good health always. Whenever I’m in a problem, my only concern is that she shouldn’t come to know about my stress. Stupid things also make me insecure. Like what if I get a pimple on my nose the day I have an important meeting!

are upset?

I shut myself in my room, scream loudly and cry it all out. In some time, I’m fine.

Has the definition of love changed for you?
When I was younger I wondered what I wanted in love. Now I definitely know what I don’t want. There should be respect in love otherwise that love is not for real. Only if there is respect will trust develop, which in return fosters understanding. If there’s no respect then there’s no future. Unconditional love exists only between a mother and her child.

Which was the most difficult phase in your life?

Difficult phases have come and gone. The first time was when I lost my father at 13. Then it was in 2010 when my team was expelled from the IPL.

What depresses you?

Whenever something in life is not on the right track depression automatically sets in. But I don’t brood for long.

What kind of husband would a strong woman like you wish for?

Someone who’s intelligent and someone who would be proud of my achievements. He should be confident as only a confident person can handle another confident person. I am a fun person and I’d want my hubby to be same. I don’t want a nag.

What inspired you to write a book on fake stories about celebrities?

My husband should be confident as only a confident person can handle another confident person. I am a fun person too... I don’t want a nag

I got this idea from the book Accountability In Media. I used to write for the BBC. But they wanted accountability for the articles I wrote. I had to check and recheck the article and verify it with my signature. Nowadays people write anything about anyone. A lot of fake stories have been published about me. I ask the media to call me, I’m always available. But don’t give fake information. Once a story appeared that I had beaten a woman and consequently she’d been admitted to the ICU. I announced a reward of a crore if anyone could prove it. I don’t want my kids to read such cheap things about me. That’s why I’ve collected all the fake stories about me and other celebrities too. The book is 50 per cent complete and will be published soon. It has stories related to films, business and the IPL. n

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Sanjay Chouhan has scripted his own success. Suman Sharma is mesmerised by his stories
he Filmfare Award function is underway. Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan are on stage, mock debating about who rocks B-town, the Khans or the Kapoors. Then Ranbir mentions that there is a new hero on the horizon — the writer! Sanjay Chouhan, who was in the audience, confides he couldn’t help beaming. Sanjay Chouhan is the pen behind critically acclaimed films I Am Kalam (IAK), Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster (SBAG), and Paan Singh Tomar (PST). In fact, he even won the Best Story Award for I Am Kalam at the 57th Filmfare Awards. He was doubly honoured when the film won the National Award as well. Sanjay says, “Even Shabana Azmi called up to congratulate me. Amitabh Bachchan too sent an SMS congratulating my effort.” The writer has been around for the last nine years but it is now that his talent is being recognised. “Earlier, it was difficult getting an appointment with people but not anymore. It seems my time has come.” About how he began writing for I Am Kalam Sanjay shares, “Ours is big country with a huge population but there are a few films for children. I told director Madhab Panda that I didn’t want to make a film that gave sermons to children.

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liquor and ice. After a while when I mustered courage and said ‘Sir,’ he roared, ‘What is this Sir? Call me hukum!’ It was scary.” Sanjay continues, “Later we went to a dhaba for dinner. When we returned, it was late. There was dead silence in the village. The doors were shut and the headlights of the jeep created long shadows. Chauhan sahib’s thundering voice echoed in the village. I realised that I needed to quickly wrap up the interview and take back hukum to Gwalior.” Few would know that the Delhibased Sanjay was a journalist before he became a writer in films. He even wrote a short script for a TV spot and later a couple of serials. Eventually, he became a full-time scriptwriter

versed with it. I wanted to tell the world that the intellect of a village child is in no way less than that of his city counterpart.” About SBAG he says, “I wondered how a sahib would be in today’s times. His wife definitely wouldn’t be a sati-savitri and that became the concept of the film.” His collaboration with director Tigmanshu Dhulia started with PST but it was SBAG that released first. “It was Tigmanshu’s idea to make a film on Paan Singh Tomar (a national steeplechase champion who represented India at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo). He had read a write-up on him and was inspired. But there wasn’t much information on him except that he was in the army and that circumstances had turned him into a rebel.” Incidentally, Paan Singh gained notoriety as a Chambal Valley dacoit when he resorted to dacoity after a land feud in his village. e continues, “Paan Singh died in a police encounter in 1981. We traced his family. His son Sauram Singh is still alive. We also met the policemen who were involved in the encounter. Through them, we met other dacoits.” Sanjay continues, “In Chambal, there still are dynastic animosities. When we went to meet the dacoits, they thought we were from the rival groups. It took us a while to win their trust. We

Anupam Kher in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara

I had major arguments with Anupam. He wanted to change the scene without keeping in mind the framework... But it’s his greatness that he later understood my point of view
roamed around in the sensitive areas of Gwalior, Bhind and Morena as though it was Andheri in Mumbai.” Sanjay’s meeting these dacoits was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. “Once I went with a driver to meet Chauhan sahib (the inspector who was involved in the encounter of Paan Singh and his gang) in Chambal. He said that we would talk while driving around. We sat in the jeep which had two men holding guns. They loaded the jeep with

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and came to Mumbai from Delhi. He then made a transition to films and wrote the dialogue for Ashwini Chaudhary’s Dhoop. He also wrote the screenplay for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Karam, Big Brother, Tere Sang and Right Ya Wrong. He recalls an incident on the sets of Jahnu Barua’s Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, “I had major arguments with Anupam Kher. I was angry that he wanted to change the scene without keeping in mind the framework of the story and how these alterations would affect its flow. But it is Anupam’s greatness that he later understood my point of view. He said, ‘I’ll make the changes only if Sanjay is convinced.’ We then had a detailed discussion.” He continues, “Similarly, there was a scene in Right Ya Wrong

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between Sunny Deol and Irrfan Khan where there was something amiss. Then Sunny gave a suggestion and we made the necessary alteration. It enhanced the scene.” These days most films are written with foreign locales as the backdrop, while Sanjay’s stories are set in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. “The backdrop is dependent on the story itself. My stories generally involve

the people residing in villages, who face severe problems in their daily lives.” He adds, “My next story, Hari Bhai Oscarwale (director Lovely Singh) is a story that needs to be shot in Los Angeles. It’s the story of a 55-year-old Gujarati involved in theatre. When Hari bhai was 15, he had done a bit part in the Oscarwinning Gandhi. Now he wants to receive an Oscar as an actor. What happens when he reaches LA forms

the story.” Sanjay is also writing another script for children where he sees Ranbir Kapoor or Hrithik Roshan in the main roles. Sanjay has given two hits with director Tigmanshu Dhulia – Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar. “I’d like to work with Tigmanshu in the future. People have huge expectations after PST. So we’re giving each other a break now. Presently, I want to finish writing Hari Bhai Oscarwale first.” Sanjay believes that writers are enjoying more attention these days. “Generally, a writer is not in a comparatively strong position. But when a film based on his script succeeds, he too gets in demand. It involves commerce. The writer’s position is changing and the importance of a good script is well understood now. People are paying attention to stories. Now foreign studios have opened shop here. So, people are forced to stop stealing ideas from DVDs. The value of an original story is being recognised.” Sanjay narrates an incident with great pride, “A few days ago a director told a producer, ‘I want Sanjay Chouhan to write my script.’ The producer insisted that the script be written by the writer of Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster. That’s when the director exclaimed that they were talking about the same person. Often people refer to writers by the names of their films. That’s a kind of praise too.” For Sanjay, this is just a beginning. The writer now wants to turn director. From the pen to wielding the camera, it could be an interesting switch. We are waiting to applaud. n

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Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt celebrate 25 years in showbiz. Kathika Kandpal catches up with the ‘peddlers of dreams’
One is a great storyteller, the other a wizard with numbers. One is instinctive, the other calculative. One is poetic, the other pragmatic. They are as different as fork and spoon, yet they come alive only in tandem. Brothers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have been making films for two and a half decades (from Daddy to Raaz 3) but to their credit, they’re still making films lapped up by GenNext. Together they helm one of the most fortuitous and prolific film companies— Vishesh Films. “We’re probably one of the oldest film families. Our father (producer Nanabhai Bhatt) joined the film industry in 1928,” says Mukesh pointing to a framed photograph of their father and mother (Shireen Mohammed Ali). What hallmarks their silver jubilee year is the arrival of the next generation of the Bhatts on the film scene – Mahesh’s daughters Shaheen and Aalia and Mukesh’s son Vishesh are all geared to make a splash. Over to the two who’ve managed to grab ‘a bit of their sky’...
Vishesh Films completes 25 years. What was the journey like?
Mahesh Bhatt: Though we come from a family of filmmakers, we realised we had to get our act together to kick away the wolf at the door. My father had made over a 100 films but this business is erratic. There are highs and lows. Raj Khoslaji gave me a job as a production manager. I was charismatic and could convince people that I could make films. Later, when I took to direction Mukesh, who is five years younger to me, became my assistant. In my 20s I gave my first four disastrous films (Sakat, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, Vishwasghaat and Naya Daur). As I entered my 30s, I made Arth (1982) and then my career took off. After the success of Naam (1986), Mukesh became secretary to Vinod Khanna and Smita Patil. But after Smita’s demise, Mukesh wanted to make a film. Soon we launched Vishesh Films and made Kabzaa in 1986 (Vishesh is incidentally Mukesh’s son’s name who’s debuting as a director with Murder 3). And we haven’t looked back ever since. Mukesh Bhatt: I have nothing poetic to say about our journey. As a producer one has to deal with only one thing – crisis! For me it’s just been about coming out of one crisis and getting into another. But I have no regrets whatsoever. It’s not the bank balance but the number of lives you have changed which eventually matters. Mahesh: We have no finishing point. Hence there’s no sense of fatigue. Also, it’s not the man who invented the wheel who’s a genius, but the one who invented the other three wheels. I stirred a fire in Mukesh. But he had the ability to take it forward. He had the eye for money and optimising core

WE ARE SIAMESE TWINS. LONG BACK I TOLD SOMEONE, I COULD DO WITHOUT MY WIFE BUT NOT WITHOUT BHATT SAAB. I SAID IT INNOCENTLY BUT I MEANT IT. MY WIFE GOT UPSET
– MUKESH BHATT

PHOTOGRAPHS: FARZAN RANDELIA

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THE NEW GENERATION OF BHATTS HAVE TO BLOW DOWN THESE TWO TWIN TOWERS (POINTING TO THEMSELVES) TO MAKE A MARK FOR THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE MILITANT IN THEM
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strengths. It was his vision to give birth to a production house. Left to myself, I’m incapable of fending for myself. I can’t read contracts; I hit a blank if I see figures. Mukesh: Fortunately! (Laughs) Shekhar Kapur and JP Dutta say that they are envious of Mahesh (Bhatt saab) because he has me. will you keep yourself in fashion. In the early 2000s we came up with Raaz and Murder without top stars. Yes, we changed the product profile and we did what Hollywood greats did and made erotic thrillers. The world’s a fair place. No power on this earth can deny you what you rightfully deserve! We stood on the edge. At times it was isolating but our worst detractors conceded that we had created a small sky for ourselves. Mukesh: Initially, when Bhatt saab told me that we’d be working with newcomers only, I was worried. Firstly, because he had given up direction and secondly there would Mahesh: Money is Mukesh’s space. I trust my directors and try to whip up whatever is there in them. Murder 3 is completely Vishesh’s child. I insist he must resist my shadow because the past is dangerous for the present. If you want to double the rate of success, double your rate of failure. Failure gives you perspective. For me there is no winning post, you have to keep running. A full house at Gaiety which includes the masses and the classes is like a dip in the Ganga.

How do you view your relationship?
Mukesh: We are stitched together. We are Siamese twins. Long back I told someone, I could do without my wife but not without Bhatt saab. I said it innocently but I meant it. My wife got upset. But I was being honest. We are four sisters and two brothers and are closely bonded. Yet we are different. Like he’s an atheist but I am a firm believer in God because my mother prayed all the time. Like I have inherited asthma from her but he Shaheen escaped it because he has our father’s genes.

Don’t you miss direction Mahesh?
Mahesh: The joy of helping people create is more stimulating than just creating a film. All I can do is provide my insights. But it is the young who have kept us ‘current’. They don’t even have to turn around and say thank you. We happen to be co-travellers in the journey to our individual destinations. Mukesh: We’re the only company that doesn’t make newcomers sign multiple film contracts. Normally a newcomer is bound by stringent, bonded labour like contracts. They’re bound to that company for X number of years or films and have to give a cut to the company even from their endorsements. That’s obnoxious! We’re not here to make money out of youngsters. Once the film is over they can fly out. Use us or misuse us,

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What would you consider the turning point in your careers?
Mahesh: We made a new beginning in the new century. When I hung up my boots as a director (1999), I decided not to make films with stars. I see my delinking as a director as the end of one phase and the beginning of a new one. Only by realising that you’re dated, you have sung your song and you need to make way for new talent,

be no stars to sell our films. Had he continued to direct, it wouldn’t have been a problem—we had made Aashiqui (1990) with newcomers. But today I thank him. I tell my son Vishesh that success is nothing but living life on your own terms. I no longer have to go through the agony of standing outside a star’s vanity van. Nothing can be more elevating. What we have earned is self-esteem, credibility and our identity.

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I AM 63 AND BLAZING LIKE A VOLCANO. SO IS MUKESH. WE’VE SET HIGH STANDARDS AND ACHIEVING THOSE WON’T BE EASY. BUT OUR CHILDREN WILL ONLY BECOME SUCCESSFUL IF THEY MAKE US OBSOLETE
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we’ve no problem because we don’t see ourselves going bankrupt. Those who are bankrupt might want to cling to people because they are insecure. We have the talent to spot talent, not many people have that. There are no great political insights or spiritual messages which are being distilled and served to the people. It’s an audiovisual drug which is served to an audience clamouring for pleasure. We are pleasure peddlers. We are not giving any solutions to the problems of the human race. We are just numbing their pain for two and a half hours. They give us their money and their time. We respect that and give them a fairy tale. creative inputs. I am proud of my eldest daughter. Mukesh: I’m happy that Pooja has managed to stand tall and not under the shadow of her uncle or her father. I’d like Vishesh to move out too as also my nephew Mohit (Suri). We are here to give them strength not to handicap them.

Why the obsession with franchises?
Mahesh: It’s not an obsession. It’s a business strategy and it’s global. Mukesh: Franchises have a 30-40 per cent recall. That’s a lot. We are reviving Aashiqui 2 (director Mohit Suri) after 21 years. Writer Shagufta Rafique came up with a heartwrenching subject with music as its base. Murder 3 would be niche. The earlier one was single screen, massy and gory. My son Vishesh comes from a different mindset because he has lived abroad.

Mahesh, couldn’t you have launched your daughter Aalia (Bhatt)?
Mahesh: I’m not committed to create vehicles for my children. If they suit the story and cater to the economic well-being of the company, then we take them. Pooja was taken in Daddy (1989) because the story was about a 16-year-old helping her alcoholic father, not because she was my daughter. She wasn’t there in Aashiqui but we did take her in Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin (1991). Mukesh: We are not making the kind of films that would cater to Aalia in terms of the genre. Mahesh: She’s lucky to get a break with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. It’s a young film that suits her age. I am not a conduit through which my children will make an entry into the world of films. I never worked with my father.

Do you have arguments?
Mukesh: Highs and lows are a part of life. Mahesh: Life would be such a bore without them. Just imagine your magazine with only happy articles. That would be a boring read.

Any advice for the next gen Bhatts?
Mahesh: I’m 63 and blazing like a volcano. So is Mukesh. We’ve set high standards and achieving those won’t be easy. But our children will only become successful if they make us obsolete. But they don’t have to grovel at our feet. Mukesh: They have to blow down these two twin towers (pointing to themselves) to make a mark for themselves. They have to have the militant in them.

Your nephew Vikram Bhatt has mended his bridges once again with Vishesh Films...
Mahesh: Vikram chose to go away. Just because he was given a break by us, that doesn’t mean he’s a bonded labourer. He came back happier, like someone who has understood the value of his home. We didn’t point a finger and say, ‘Oh we told you so!’ Mukesh: What took him away was his own need. When he returned it was his need again.

How much of the work pressure do you take home?
Mahesh: We’re not making the Sistine Chapel; we’re making a Hindi movie!

Pooja Bhatt is very much on her own...
Mahesh: Pooja (Bhatt) is selfsufficient, she is on her own, producing and directing films. She does consult Mukesh and I give my

What about Shaheen?
Mahesh: Shaheen is yet deciding whether she wants to direct or write. She may first begin to write. I don’t think she wants to be an actress, unless she has some hidden fantasy. n

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photograph in a film tabloid. It had me in a simple choti and he instantly felt I was just right to play the character of Deepa Kapoor in his small-budget Rajnigandha. Working with the unit was comfortable as almost everyone was new. Basuda worked very hard on me during the making of the film as I was totally raw. He loves challenges. I had never attended any acting school. Even Amol Palekar was relatively new but Dinesh (Thakur), God rest his soul, was a theatre veteran and helped out with suggestions on how to get the scene right. Whatever I have learnt was on the set of Rajnigandha. Basuda was confident he could make me give my best,” she smiles. Rajnigandha was a super hit and Vidya was soon approached by BR Chopra for Karm (1977). “His was the biggest banner then,” she informs me. “And of course there was no looking back after that.” Moving from a small set up to a major one with the superstar Rajesh Khanna as the hero must have been somewhat disconcerting. With a smile, she adds, “There were no romantic scenes or running around trees while singing songs in Rajnigandha so I was initially nervous when I moved to a totally commercial setup. But I managed quite well. Rajesh Khanna was the first top hero I worked with. Then I did films with Sanjeev Kumar,

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er recent portrayal of Kareena Kapoor’s mother in Bodyguard and newspaper reports of a troubled second marriage brought back to mind yesteryear actress Vidya Sinha who had a brief but interesting stint in Hindi films in the ’70s and ’80s. The early ’70s saw the emergence of realistic cinema. And she played the girl-next-door with effortless ease, someone the average cinemagoer could identify with. Vidya usually portrayed meek and mild characters, so she took everyone by surprise when she stood arms akimbo, eyes blazing and screamed, “Varna kya?” Her co-star Sanjeev Kumar looked startled and the audience too. The chastened hero of Pati, Patni Aur Woh (1978) quietly murmured, “Main thande paani se naha loonga.” She made her debut in Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha (1974). As a

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young woman torn between two loves, she finally understands her true feelings. Though she moved on from middle-ofthe-road cinema to commercial movies with Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar as her co-stars, Vidya never quite made it big. After 30 films spanning 12 years she called it quits to look after her daughter Jhanvi. Apart from the odd appearance on TV or a rare film, she all but disappeared. Happy maintaining a low profile, initially she laughs off the request for an interview, insisting she has nothing to say. But a little persuasion helps and I find myself sitting opposite her in her cozy drawing room in a Versova high rise, which she shares with Jhanvi. As we get chatting, the actress recalls her modelling days that eventually led her to films. “I was Miss Bombay and modelled for several top brands. Basuda came across my

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Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Uttam Kumar, Vinod Mehra and Shatrughan Sinha.” She narrates that though Rajesh Khanna was a superstar at the time, he never behaved like one when they worked together. In fact, he helped her out during difficult scenes. And she was a big fan of Sanjeev Kumar at the time. Her face softens as she tells me, “He was such a senior actor. It was wonderful working with Sanjeev Kumar. Almost like a dream come true. He would treat me like a baby and constantly make fun of me on the set.” Asked to pick the films she loved to be a part of Vidya mentions, Choti Si Baat and Pati, Patni Aur Woh. “I also liked

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Tumhare Liye which was also opposite Sanjeev Kumar,” she lets on. “Then I did Kitaab with Gulzar saab. It offered me an unusual role. I also did Meera with him. I liked working with Gulzar saab. The roles he offered me were realistic. Totally different from the ones I essayed in full-on commercial films like Karm.” A straightforward person herself, Vidya got along well with her co-artistes. She recalls how helpful and caring Shashi Kapoor was. “Especially on outdoors he’d make sure that the entire unit was comfortable, right down to the spot boy,” she smiles. And she calls Shatrughan Sinha, whom she did several films with, a prankster. “I was new in the filmi setup and totally at sea on my first day. When I asked him who the director was, he pointed at someone. Only when the shooting started and I heard someone else shout ‘Roll camera’ did I realise he’d been fooling me all the while,” Vidya harks back.
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In an industry where the general belief is that once married, the heroine loses her fans, Vidya got married (1976) to Venkateshwar Iyer when she was barely a couple of films old. And went on to do 30-odd more films before eventually calling it a day. Her last film was Swayamvar (1980). Ask her why she chucked it all up and she confides, “I was never serious about my career. When I started out, I wasn’t sure how I’d fare. If it worked fine, if not that was fine too. I never had the

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burning ambition to reach the top. Eventually, I wanted to plan a family.” Vidya has one daughter, 22-year-old Jhanvi, who after doing her Mass Media from Melbourne is now working with Big Pictures. Since Vidya wanted to take care of her baby herself, she never employed any ayah. But as the child grew and became independent, Vidya found time hanging on her hands, she was getting bored and felt herself sinking into a depression. Taking hold of herself, she made up her mind to do television. Admitting that work in TV serials is

hectic, she tells me it took her a while to get used to the mike hanging down her back. “I was used to the boom mike in films and found this funny and somewhat irritating,” she says making a face. Eventually, she started enjoying working in serials. She narrates, “You get to meet so many people. When all of you are together for so many days, it turns into a family atmosphere.” Basically a homebody, Vidya isn’t much into parties or socialising. “I like watching old movies and reading,” she volunteers. A devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, she religiously reads two chapters of his Sai Satcharita every day. n

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That bold is beautiful was never truer than in Bindu’s case. Farhana Farook meets up with the sex symbol of the ’70s

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ew homes have the Haji Ali dargah and the Mahalaxmi temple paying vigil. Bindu’s is one such along Mumbai’s privileged skyline. Inside, a sharp voice greets me from the room adjacent to the drawing room - ‘Kaun aaya?’ Baitho baitho!’ it says repeatedly. After a while it sinks in that it’s Bindu’s African parrot playing host... till the veteran arrives.

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Bindu’s key achievement was that despite her married status, she went on to become a sex symbol in a conservative industry. Her sizzling leg show, seductive dance numbers coupled with a voluptuous form won her the title of Raquel Welch in India. Mera naam hai Shabnam (Kati Patang) and Mona Darling (Zanjeer) were the other iconic sobriquets she picked up along the way. Till date she’s paid a backhanded compliment in the innumerable Ajit jokes that continue to feature in comedy shows on television. “Yes, the way Ajit saab said ‘Mona Darling’ is widely mimicked,” she smiles. She agrees that her sexappeal had a lot to do with her physicality. “Eyes are important. My eye make-up would reflect in my light brown eyes. People thought I wore coloured contact lenses,” she narrates. Being a Gujarati, her chaste Urdu comes as a surprise. “My mother Jyotsna was a stage artiste. She was a Rajput brought up in Hyderabad. I picked up Urdu from her. Even Balraj Sahni once remarked on the sets of Do Raaste, ‘Your talaffuz (pronunciation) is so pure. You’re like a statue, so beautiful!” she shares.

“Dad said, ‘You’re my son. Look after the family after I’m gone’. After he passed away I took to modeling to support the family. I was 11 but I looked 16 as I was well-built,” recalls the actor who also featured in documentaries till Mohan Kumar signed her for Anpadh (1962), in which she played Mala Sinha’s daughter.

I kept people at a distance. The opposite party can sense just how willing you are. Even your handshake conveys your intention

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After this brief stint in the movies she went back to school. “I was at the inbetween stage – neither a child nor a young lady.” But soon an adolescent Bindu met her future husband (businessman Champaklal Zhaveri, deals with outdoor advertising) and a romance ensued. “He was my neighbour in Sonawala Terrace at Tardeo. We had a difference of five years between us. I didn’t fall in love with him immediately. Nor did I give in easily. Maine unko bahut sataya (I troubled him a lot). He’d ask me out. I’d give him a time but never turn up. I did this repeatedly. Naturally, he’d be upset, but never showed it. Or else he’d have lost me. I realised that it was not just lust or attraction on his part. We did face familial opposition but we were firm and eventually got married,” says Bindu who became a bride at 16. “He has been like a father figure since then.”

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Tinsel dreams took wing early in Bindu’s life. “I watched my mother on stage. Her play Ladakvayo was a hit.” But her father (Nanubhai Desai), a noted film producer, wanted her to be a doctor. “We were eight of us, seven sisters and one brother (today a brother and a sister have passed away). I used to take part

in school plays and won prizes. My friends would suggest that I should act on screen. I too enjoyed the khayali pulav (dreams). I was a Vyjayanthimala fan. I loved her dance, her beauty. She was my role model.” When her father fell ill, Bindu being the eldest was deemed to take charge.

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At 17 she happened to meet director Raj Khosla at brother-in-law Laxmikant’s (of composer Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame who was married to Bindu’s sister) house. “Khoslaji offered me a role saying, ‘The character is the protagonist of my story but she’s a vamp’. I was a bit hesitant. He gave me 15 days to think it over. My husband said, ‘What’s the need?’ But I thought what’s the harm? It had stirred a longstanding dream in me.” Bindu was soon called for an audition. “I said the dialogue with confidence. Khoslaji right away said, ‘You’re my Nilambari!’” Incidentally, that was the name of the shrewish character Bindu played in Do Raaste based on Chandrakant Kakodkar’s celebrated novel Nilambari. “The title was changed to Do Raaste, because Khoslaji felt Nilambari sounded like a mythological film.” Even as she was shooting for Do Raaste, Bindu signed Ittefaq, Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke (both in 1969) and Kati Patang (1970). “Shakti Samanta offered me the role in Kati Patang on the condition that I should be able to dance. I rehearsed with Robert Master for three days. Also, I was inspired by Helenji’s dances. She used to fill the screen; I admired her figure, her expressions, her dresses, her movements…” The Bharat Natyam and Kathak dancer did find film dancing ‘a bit loud’. “But on the set

Once I had worn a saree of the same colour worn by a lead actress. She wasn’t pleased and the talk reached my ears. But no one dared to tell me anything as I also held my own

I let go of all inhibitions. As a cabaret dancer I couldn’t wear a saree or salwar kameez. I had to wear glamorous costumes. But I took precautions. I wore skin-coloured nylon stitched to my blouse to cover the bare skin.” The hit number Mera naam hai Shabnam in Kati Patang won her the endearment Shabbo and loads of fans. A spate of glamorous roles followed in films like Mere Jeevan Saathi, Dushman, Garam Masala, Raja Jani, Dharma and Joshilay (in the early ’70s). “I was particular about my diet and exercise.

I don’t remember eating lunch on the sets ever. I’d carry buttermilk, tomato/beetroot soup and fruits. Also, you can’t dance on a full stomach. The tummy shows through your costume,” she states. She recalls an intricate dance sequence she had to pull off during Haseenon Ka Devta (1971) for choreographer Hiralal. “Masterji had flown in from Madras for rehearsals at five in the morning. He was a hard taskmaster and everyone trembled in front of him. He told his assistant Susheela, ‘Amma ko steps sikhao!’

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But she herself slipped whilst teaching me. I got nervous and prayed, ‘God please help me’ and did the steps without a cut. Masterji gave me Rs 100 as bakshish,” she beams. It’s not that she never wished to play the heroine but the dye was already cast. “The stamp of a vamp remained with me. Since I began my career after marriage, I grabbed whatever came my way. I was earning both money and fame. Soon I forgot about being a heroine. I got as much fame as the heroine and surely some gaalis too! The gaalis were my awards. When writers wrote a story they’d just write my name instead of the character’s. That was a compliment. Some fans didn’t know I was married and wrote letters in blood saying ‘I love you’ and ‘Will you marry me?’” So popular had Bindu grown that often she stole the thunder from the heroine. “Once I had worn a saree of the same colour worn by a lead actress. She wasn’t pleased and the talk reached my ears. But no one dared to tell me anything as I also held my own. You should be confident about yourself. What has colour got to do with your acting?” she asks. In a traditionalist industry a muchmarried Bindu dared to play a seductress in Imtihan and a nymphomaniac in Hawas (both in 1974). But she was guarded about not being exploited. “Once I refused to do a certain movement with the camera at a low angle. It would have looked vulgar and the Censor Board would have cut it out.” Remarkably, in 1973, she played diametrically opposite roles, that of the don’s moll, ‘Mona darling’, in Zanjeer and the friend of a fading singer in Abhimaan, the latter being her first positive act. “Hrishida (director Hrishikesh Mukherjee) said, ‘When you make an entry, the viewer’s will expect mischief. But we will surprise them with the twist’,” she recalls.

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Bindu credits her career to her supportive husband. “It was with his consent that I worked. So there was peace at home. Even Jaya Bachchan once remarked, ‘You’re very lucky’. So did Yusuf saab (Dilip Kumar) with whom I worked in Dastaan (1972). He remarked, ‘Mujhe tumse zyaada tumhare shauhar pasand hai (I like your husband more than you)’. When the wife is the breadwinner and the husband depends on her, that’s when all the trouble starts. But my husband was a successful person in his own right. He could look after me.” On her part Bindu knew the dos and don’ts if she had to balance marriage with a hi-profile career. “My husband took pride

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I worked with him first in Gehri Chaal (1973). He was fairly new but you could sense he was a fine artiste. We then went on to do Zanjeer, Abhimaan and Ganga Ki Saugandh (1973-1978). He was romancing Jaya (then Bhaduri) while we were shooting for Gehri Chaal and she for Gaai Aur Gori both in Chennai. We’d often drive down to hotel Savera for dinner there. Years later, when we were shooting in Rishikesh for Ganga Ki Saugandh, the team would drive down to the Kwality restaurant in Dehradun. We’d sing and dance till 3 in the morning. Amitji loved listening to the late Mehdi Hasan’s ghazals. We even attended the maestro’s shows. Amitji, even in those days, had a great music system in his car. When we’d drive around with Jaya and other friends, he’d say ‘How wonderful the ghazals sound in my car!’ I remember listening to Mohabbat karnewale and Woh jal bhi chuke parwane. He was particular about not sharing his cassettes with others as he feared they’d get spoilt.

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The years between 19771980 says the actress were the ‘saddest’ in her life. “We had planned a baby and I was glad to be pregnant. After I completed three months I stopped working. But I had a miscarriage when I was in my seventh month. I was shaken. Yeh muqaddar ki baat hai, har insaan ko har cheez nahin milti. (That’s fate. No one can have everything). You have to be very lucky to get everything,” she muses. “My husband was disappointed too. But he was caring and looked after me. I was back to work after five months. I moved on
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when I was showered with compliments. His logic was hai toh meri hi na (she’s mine after all)! The minute pack-up was announced I’d head home. There was no filmi talk at home nor did I share any piece of gossip with him. I never attended parties alone. He accompanied me always. I had learnt how to keep people at a distance. The opposite party can sense just how willing you are. Even your handshake conveys your intention. I never gave people an opportunity to point a finger at me though I played bold roles. I was respected.”

Once an editor of a glossy happened to ask her, “How come you’re not linked with your heroes?” “I retorted, ‘Why not link my name with yours?’ He was taken aback and kept quiet,” she shares. Bindu maintains she was friends with her co-stars. “I was friendly with Prem (Chopra) and still am. He has a great sense of humour. I also got along with Amjad bhai (Khan). He kept having chai every five minutes. I’d ask him not to consume so much sugar but he’d say, ‘Main Pathan ka bachcha hoon. Nothing can happen to me’. On the other hand Ranjeet would bring bottles of milk to the sets from home,” she laughs.

I had a miscarriage in my seventh month. I was shaken.Yeh muqaddar ki baat hai, har insaan ko har cheez nahin milti

to mature roles in the ’80s.” Films like Hero, Biwi Ho To Aisi and Kishen Kanhaiya won her notice where she perfected the cruel mother-in-law/aunt act. In the following years films like Shola Aur Shabnam, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Main Hoon Na and more recently Om Shanti Om gave her the chance to show her comic flair. Life today for Bindu has hit a peaceful phase spending time with her sisters. “I don’t want to do TV shows as the pace is hectic. I enjoy watching my old films and travelling instead. My husband and I sometimes do remember our lost child. Had he survived he’d have been in his 30s today. But I have my husband as my best friend... I am nothing without him.” n

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Cinema is the backbone of Indian culture. It’s the reason we believe things and people can be larger than life. It’s the reason we believe love culminates in marriage. It’s the reason we believe good wins over evil. Everything in an average Indian’s life revolves around his impressions of cinema. And what brought glamour and heroism in our lives is turning 100. Filmfare, which unfortunately is only 60, looks back at the brief history of cinema. No qualms in admitting that ours is an industry driven by its stars. It’s their lives we want to emulate. We’ll celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013, but until then we bring you one star, every fortnight. This time it’s the Venus of Indian cinema - Madhubala. She was, and still is, considered the epitome of both stardom and beauty. There could be no celebration of cinema without Madhubala.

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Madhubala was the original golden girl of Indian cinema. Rachit Gupta captures her passion for love and life

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Telling someone that Madhubala was beautiful would be an understatement. Her beauty had the power to mend broken hearts. Dilip Kumar was nursing one in 1950. When he met Madhubala on the sets of Tarana, it was her mischievious smile and joie de vivre that made his heart whole again. It’s also said, back when a young Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray was just a backstage hand in the movies, he was frustrated by the movie set madness. One day Madhubala I am very emotional. walked past him and Thackeray was so enchanted at the I have always sight of her beauty that he continued to work at Bombay lived my life Talkies for years. Her mystique, her ethereal beauty and with my heart. her million giggles were celluloid gold. Ironically, she never For that I found what she was looking for – love. The girl who broke a have suffered million hearts, died heartbroken. But as long as she lived she more than is necessary. I have made people believe in the power of red roses, love letters been burnt and beautiful smiles.
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Madhubala saw both success and failure in her career. After she made a mark as a child actor Kidar Sharma offered her Neel Kamal alongside debutant Raj Kapoor. Consequently she signed many films with the then stars Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Premnath, Bharat Bhushan and Ashok Kumar but barring a few like Mahal (1949) and Tarana (1951) everything else failed. So much so that Madhubala was called box-office poison and was relegated to films like Lal Dupatta, Singaar and Desh Sewa. But resolute as she was, Madhubala bounced back with films like Badal, Sangdil, Mr & Mrs 55 and Howrah Bridge. By the time Mughal-E-Azam hit the screens in 1960, Madhubala was at the top of her game. Her last film to release was Jwala in 1971 with Sunil Dutt.
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There’s a reason people continue to strive to catch a new glimpse of Madhubala. It’s because even when she was alive, she was as rare as a blue moon. But on the rare occasions that Filmfare heard her speak, it was always about love, love and love.
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“Once I have finished work at the studio, I don’t want to be Madhubala, the star. I’m just a normal, average girl and only at home am I treated as such” “It is a fashion these days to say that love is merely a romantic attraction between a man and a woman. Silly modern customs and attitudes have led to such thinking” “If I marry, I shall give up my career, much though I love my work. But it will be difficult. No one in the world has any right to interfere with one’s choice of a husband. I would marry only the man with whom I am very much in love” “Mine is a strange life. When I leave the house in the morning, my little sisters are in bed. When I come home late in the evening, they are either out for a walk or busy with homework. By the time they are through, I have to be in bed to be able to get up early the next morning. I hardly see enough of my family”

With Bharat Bhushan in Gateway Of India

With sister Chanchal in Mehlon Ke Khwab

Madhubala’s way of expressing love was to hand the person she admired a red rose and a hand written letter with her confession of love. Apparently, Prem Nath, Ashok Kumar and Dilip Kumar all received such letters.

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She was the most sought after actress in B-town. So much so, that when Frank Capra visited Bombay, all that he wanted to do was meet Madhubala. But her father Ataullah Khan wouldn’t allow it. Just like he never allowed Madhubala to attend film parties, premieres or events. She didn’t have a public life. Even Life magazine had to shoot Madhubala at her sprawling home. The one time that Madhubala did break free was when she attended the premiere of Insaniyat on Dilip Kumar’s arm. The rest of the way the shutterbugs had to settle with her on set appearances.

Caught in a candid mood on a film set

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The sole reason why Madhubala worked in films was because she was the bread winner of her household. In the late ’40s, when Madhubala first made a mark as a lead actress, Suraiya was top of the marquee. Madhubala was able to bag more than a

dozen films was because she signed for ` 7000 versus Suraiya’s charge of ` 45,000. A few years later, Madhubala was paid lakhs for a film and all that money went to her father. Madhubala continued watching Hollywood films and educating herself in acting and English, so that her sisters could enjoy a happy life. So much so that she had to part from Dilip Kumar because he wanted her to marry him and severe ties with her father and family. When Madhubala retired at 27, owing to her critical heart condition, she found the support of Kishore Kumar. She married him in 1960 and from there on it was a downhill battle where she struggled to survive till 1969. All through it was Kishore Kumar who supported Madhubala, singing at stage shows and using the money earned to cover her medical expenses.

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The film sets were the only place you could spot Madhubala. Her father didn’t allow her to participate in outdoor shooting locations. Most of her films were shot in Bombay studios. Naturally these film shoots were a public magnet. Her fans, the media and even the crème de la crème of society all used to throng wherever she was shooting. One such story describes how the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan and a then frequent visitor to Mumbai, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto used to spend hours on the Mughal-e-Azam set just to sit and stare at Madhubala’s pretty face.

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Amitabh Bachchan who turned 70 on October 11, once said, “Everyone must accept that we will age and aging is not always flattering.” His own success contradicts the notion. Amitabh Bachchan may be growing old but he has shown no signs of slowing down and has indeed been the perfect example of aging gracefully. In an era starkly different from his time, the ’70s and ’80s, Bachchan still holds a firm place in the industry and commands a sense of power and respect that is unmatched. All accolades to this great actor are well deserved.

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Oh my God! What a movie!
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them sniff out yet another meaty reason to protect their religion. To begin with, Oh My God (OMG) isn’t an anti-god film. It comes across as an updated version of Yehi Hai Zindagi starring Sanjeev Kumar as an atheist and Vikram Gokhale as Lord Krishna. The

film protests against religious practices and not religions. OMG resonates the teaching of the Bhagwad Gita, by charting its own path than living an imitation of someone else’s film.

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No melody in music
’80s completed the tragedy by being the most musically bankrupt decade. And then Nadeem-Shravan arrived like a breath of fresh air. Like their predecessors Shankar-Jaikishen, they belted out melodies in movie after movie in an assembly-line fashion. After two full decades, my family had resumed listening to the Cibaca

Many thanks for the interview of Shravan Rathod (Sept 26, 2012). In the 1980s we had given up all hope of listening to melody in Hindi films, after the fabulous music of the golden ’50s and ’60s degenerated in the ’70s. The

Geet Mala, in which, in the early ’90s, at least half of the songs every week were NadeemShravan melodies. It’s sad that their blast was short lived and that they lost steam. The murder of Gulshan Kumar in 1997 drove the final nail in the coffin, with Nadeem exiting the country. Trends in this world generally arrive in circles. Just as melody returned to Hindi films, after a lull, in the ’90s we hope it will again make a comeback in the future, putting a brake on this era of DJ-oriented, fast-paced music, which has ample rhythm, but no soul.

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unique. Her choice of subjects for movies like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai or The Dirty Picture shows her foresight. Some call her dominating but it is this quality which helps her take bold decisions. She is the woman on top.

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Barfi!

Being a diehard Kareena Kapoor fan, I was bubbling with excitement when I took my seat in the theatre. By the time we got done with the commercials and previews, I just couldn’t wait anymore. And then finally,

Silence please

The silent but loudly clear theme of Barfi! reminds me of a film that released 25 years ago. Pushpak was ably directed by veteran Singeetham Srinivas Rao and with excellent performances by Kamal Haasan, Tinnu Anand and Amala. It was a film that eschewed dialogue in toto and marked a bold attempt in filmmaking. Today’s films have loud and cacophonous dialogue, at times bordering on the obscene and full of double entendre. We can do better than dish out such an onslaught of sight and sound. Films like Pushpak and Barfi! are a testament.

Filmfare should do better

I think Filmfare is wasting its precious cover space for movie promotions. If you are promoting Ajab Ghazabb Love just because the hero, Jackky Bhagnani is the son of a money making producer, then I demand that you should also give covers to all those films that stand to win awards abroad. Films like Chittagong should be a priority. Talented actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Pawan Malthora are never featured on the Filmfare cover. If you promote one, you should be fair and promote all.

Rekha It’s the 10th month of 2012 and Filmfare has still not published a photo shoot with Rekha. It’s been more than two years since the diva has been featured in your magazine. Please feature her celebrating her recent birthday in October. Please don’t disappoint me and millions of her fans.

Kareena Kapoor the movie started and I realised something had gone horribly wrong. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it but then, after a few more scenes, I realised watching something decidedly pedestrian. It pains me to say this because I love Kareena so much, but she deserved better. The beginning of Heroine had me excited for a while, but when the reason for it was explained a little into the movie, it seemed unnecessarily intense. Kareena’s character graph was just dead straight, no growth, no layers, no depth. Madhur Bhandarkar needs to come up with a new structural skeleton for his movies. Page 3, Fashion and Corporate all follow the same template and frankly, it’s getting a little blah.

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I used to look forward to reading reviews, because it made my choice of whether to watch a film or not easier. It is indeed a well established fact that box-office collections are in no way related to the acerbic criticism or the cloying encomiums showered on a film. The decision, therefore, lies with the audience. My grouse is why nowadays such appreciation / abuses are written longer and more voluminous than the film script itself. Do the reviewers think that the readers are waiting to read a thesis or antithesis on the movies they watch? Reviewing a creative product can never escape the bane of subjectivity. But, what we expect from the present day critics is balanced presentation without bias, fear or favour.

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because it had the participation of an artiste from Pakistan. Even after so many years both the sides hold such hatred. But politicians just want to gain free publicity and they always butt their noses in irrelevant issues. I feel art has no religion. The interview touched upon a similar aspect where Runa Laila clarified that it was the media that made up the rivalry between Lata Mangeshkar and her.

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@preety_zsweet: Kareena Kapoor looks poised & elegant. She looks gorgeous throughout the movie. Halkat Jawani obviously makes us move & flutter. @SinghRowdysingh: Herione is a waste of time. @kareena_786: Loved Heroine! Some people don’t like being shown reality, that’s the reason some silly critics had to run the movie down. Kareena was outstanding. @LadyReenz: Heroine was bland and boring... really rubbish version of Fashion. @iShaharyar_MD: Heroine may not be the best film but it’s worth a watch because of the one and only Kareena Kapoor. She deserves all awards. @iprincyangel: Kareena is a combo of beauty and talent. She is excellent in Heroine and brought Mahi to life. She is in her own league.

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Kareena shines, film fails
When a director like Madhur Bhandarkar wields the megaphone for a project like Heroine you expect nothing short of spectacular. Sadly, Heroine doesn’t quite live up to its exaggerated hype. What we get is a baked leftover from Page 3, Fashion and even the more recent The Dirty Picture. Madhur churns too many sub plots in his narrative backed by melodrama. Randeep Hooda leaves a mark in his sketchy role and so does Ranvir Shorey as the arrogant art film director. Yesteryear dancing queen Helen makes an impression in a small role. But the film truly belongs to its heroine - Kareena Kapoor. She raises the bar of the average product. Her portions depicting vulnerability and insecurity are particularly outstanding. Kapoor proves her courage in turning a clichéd gloomy role into something that’s near superlative. Dr K Karthik Rao, Chennai

Lost Glory
The film promises to trace the journey of a superstar but ends up tracing the journey of a failed actress. There is nothing new or sensational that one gets to see in the film. A lot of the content is derived from Bhandarkar’s previous films Page 3 and Fashion. A lesbian fling and an MMS clip are just there to make the film sensational but fails there too. The film follows a straight linear narrative with few twists. There is not much style in the narration and the music is a big letdown. The supporting cast is not fleshed out. Kareena Kapoor is the hero of the film. She looks glamorous in each shot and tries her best to make this film worthwhile with her spectacular performance. Harprit Dhanjal, Mumbai

Nothing New
Simply put, Heroine is Fashion 2. The story is lacklustre and Madhur Bhandarkar has packed in all the clichéd characters. Madhur has made this film glossy and whilst doing so has forgotten that people want hard

hitting movies from him which show the naked truth. Randeep Hooda is good as the cricketer who is besotted with the heroine Kareena Kapoor. Divya Dutta is believable as the image builder. Arjun Rampal is correctly cast as the married superstar. Snide references are made to fading heroines who buy IPL teams, attend dance shows as judges and to heroines who crave National Awards. Heroine is a great showcase for Kareena’s talent but not a great movie. The film doesn’t do justice to Kareena’s powerhouse performance. Wish the script had as much power as Bebo’s acting. She is only thing which makes the film slightly bearable. This movie seems to have been made in a hurry to meet business deadlines ruining the story and screenplay. Santosh Mohan Joshi, Sangli

Depressing
For a film that had high expectations, Heroine is bogged down by the weak script and screenplay. Heroine promises to be a fine film initially but falters when Bhandarkar

takes the dark and depressing route. It shows the industry in a very poor light considering Madhur himself is from the industry. Coming down to the performances Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Sanjay Suri, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami and Divya Dutta have small roles but leave their mark. But the film totally belongs to Kareena who is the heart and soul of the film. On the whole, Madhur’s Heroine is a stale and a depressing version of The Dirty Picture. R C Parsa, Secunderabad

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@sachin_dictator: An eye-opener for those who believe too much in God. @shankhayan100: Oh My God! is the best film of the year, terrific acts and a message with humour. Just awesome. @skiwave: Oh My God! has a strong message. Brilliant performance by Paresh Rawal @iRMaddy: Oh My God! has a beautiful message for the people. It shows that if you believe in God he will believe in you.

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OMG! Oh My God!
An average affair
Based on the Gujarati play Kanji Viruddh Kanji, OMG! has a strong storyline. Paresh Rawal plays Kanjibhai, an atheist Gujarati businessman who loses his livelihood because of an earthquake and decides to sue God for his financial ruin. And that’s how the God v/s Kanjibhai subject comes in. The movie is good in parts and makes you chuckle occasionally. The Paresh Rawal-Akshay Kumar chemistry seen in earlier films is completely lacking here. Akshay Kumar’s role seems to be like an extended cameo as Krishna and his introduction scene on a bike falls flat thanks to the tacky graphics. The dozen godmen make you grin at times and among all, the only familiar face is Mithun Chakraborty. It is Paresh Rawal who carries the entire film on his shoulders and

makes it watchable with his wit and humour in place. The film seems to veer away from the original topic and becomes more about fake godmen than about the existence of God. Though the film brings out its divine message it lacks finesse. Vidya Prakash, Thane

In a country like India where rituals and religious practices are blindly followed, OMG! will surely offend people following it rigorously as were we at some point. Bradley Fernandes, Panjim

Divine tunes

Satire at its best Oh my Seldom do we get to watch goodness an entertaining satire in Hindi
cinema. The film is set on Kanjibhai v/s God premise. There are neither caked up actresses nor any unwanted songs or toilet humour. The commercialisation of festivals is rightly brought out. As far as the performances are concerned, it is Paresh Rawal’s best performance till date in the comedy genre. Kanjilal aka Paresh Rawal’s arguments and counter-questions are well thought out. Akshay pulls up a great God act and no one can miss the showstealer Mithun Chakraborty as the godman. Govind Namdeo is another aggressive godman but he overdoes his part. Truly a divine comedy. Shekhar Rajput, Jaipur I never thought I’d come across something like this in a cinema hall. OMG! lives up to its title. The film acts as an eye-opener and brings out the naked truth about the business of religion in our country. Kanjibhai v/s God in a rollercoaster of court cases brings out thought provoking questions. The director Umesh Shukla does justice to the script. Mithun plays the godman with ease. Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha set the feet tapping wildly with their ‘Go Govinda’ number. To sum up, OMG! is a worthy watch for the atheists as well as the believers. At the end of the film, it will surely leave you exclaiming ‘Oh my goodness!’ Shikha Shruti, Delhi

Unlike the other so called comedy films, this one doesn’t expect you to leave your brains behind. This adaptation of a Gujarati play chooses the right cast. Paresh Rawal as Kanjibhai is superb and leaves his Baburao act behind. The debate against idol worship, blind superstitions, money mismanagement in religious charitable trusts in the film acts as an eye opener. Akshay Kumar shocks us with his performance and his last dud Joker is forgiven. The best part was the parallel drawn to the Mahabharata towards the end, with Krishna (Akshay) replaying his role as the legendary charioteer-advisor for the warrior - Arjun then, Kanji now.

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Last word By Jitesh Pillaai

Once more with love
80
years! His wit, his energy, belie his age. One can’t think of Yash Chopra as an octogenarian. He’s so much clued into the times that he seemingly belongs to the current era and not to some bygone age. He’s peerless as a director. His contribution to the annals of Hindi cinema is immense. There would be a yawning gap the size of the Grand Canyon in the history of Indian cinema if you take Yash Chopra’s name out of it. He’s always been a rebel, with a distinct style and vision that broke away from the constraints of prevailing trends. It also empowered him to carve his own niche away from the giant shadow of his brother BR Chopra. Dhool Ka Phool (1959), his first film itself, dealt with the taboo subject of unwed motherhood, something he touched upon again in Kabhi Kabhie (1976) and Silsila (1981) too. Yashji knows that life can’t be clinically divided into black and white and his fascination with the intermingling greys has given us poignant, enigmatic films showcasing the complexity of human relationships. Daag (1973),

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his breakaway film, with which he established his own banner, the iconic Yash Raj Films, talked of bigamy and its repercussions in a humane way. Silsila brought out the hidden truth that love outside marriage does exist and that you do have to pay a price for it. Lamhe

(1991), perhaps his most radical film, championed the fact that love has no age limits and showcased the bond between a teenager and a man who ideally should have been her father figure. In Darr (1993), he told us what happens when love crosses the bounds of sanity.

The director has been credited with starting the trend of multi-starrers with Waqt (1965). Apart from directing films for his brother BR Chopra’s BR Films and his own banner, Yash Chopra also successfully directed films like Deewaar (1975) and Trishul (1978) – two of the most iconic Amitabh Bachchan films – for producer Gulshan Rai, thus establishing the fact that he wasn’t just a sultan of romance. It can be argued that the filmmaker was instrumental in bringing to light different aspects of Bachchan. In Deewaar, he was the anti-hero who loved his mother, in Kabhi Kabhie, the romantic who’s disillusioned by love, in Silsila, as a man who flirts with an extra marital affair, in Kala Patthar (1979), as a coward who gets a second chance at finding courage. After a hiatus of eight years, the legend has returned to form once more with Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The promos have quickened our appetite for this grand romance. While we are happy, nay, delirious that he’s made a film again, we are also sad that it’s going to be his last directorial effort. We want him to go on and on and on... Jab tak hai jaan... n

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