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Mugdha Godse Interview

Glamour girl Mugdha Godse made a promising debut in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion.

Basics on Mugdha
Mugdha Godse is a Leonine, born on 26th July 1986. Standing tall at 5’8”, the model turned actress studied Commerce at the MMCC College in Pune.

She turned heads with her ravishing looks and soon became  a successful model. She was part of contests like the Femina Miss India (2004) where she won the Miss Perfect 10 title; she won top place at the Gladrags Mega Model Contest and won the Best National Costume at the Best Model of the World (2002) contest.

She has worked in several commercials like Wella, Close Up and Fiat Palio. She paired with Shah Rukh Khan for an Airtel ad. Her visibility went up when she appeared in music videos like Jassi’s Koka Teri Koka, Daler Mehendi’s Mauja Len De and Jab Chaye Mera Jadoo with Irrfan Pathan.

Mugdha Godse’s Movies
Mugdha Godse landed the part of a model Janet in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion (2008) with Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut in the lead. The movie was about the murkier side of the glamour industry. She will be seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail (2009) with Neil Nitin Mukesh.

She started her career as a model and later ventured into Bollywoood, making her debut in the highly acclaimed film Fashion, she is Mugdha Godse. The actress chatted live on Bollywood Hungama‘s celebrity chat with her fans talking about her latest release Help.

For all those who missed the opportunity, here are excerpts from that chat:

Mugdha Godse: hiiii every one I’m here

raaaj: hallo Mughd ji hum aapka kabse intajaar kar rahe hai..
Mugdha Godse: sorry for t delay

Karan: imm soo happyyyyyy
Mugdha Godse: im happy too
Mugdha Godse: ok i dnt like t way i look on this camera so im going off t video
Mugdha Godse: dnt mind guys

Danabolly: Mugdha!!:D see your Danabolly is there!! ;D you are fabulous
Mugdha Godse: hey danna

Danabolly: can you send me a flying kiss?? )) <3
Mugdha Godse: how to do tht danna

Aminnah: i like ur movie
Mugdha Godse: watch help 13th aug onwards

honeyyyy: U ALWAYS LOOK GORGEOUS. LUV U VRY MUCH. MUAHHHHHHHH
Mugdha Godse: hehe

neeru: hows working with bobby
Mugdha Godse: bobby is a sweetheart had lottsa fun working wth him

madina (L) Mughdah: since when are you modelling?
Mugdha Godse: im modelling since long

honeyyyy: WHT R UR FUTURE PROJECTS?
Mugdha Godse: will u marry me!!!!!
Mugdha Godse: oyye thts my future project

madina (L) Mughdah: mughdah when are going to germany?
Mugdha Godse: germany i hvnt planned now

madina (L) Mughdah: what is your hobbies
Mugdha Godse: i love watchg films

abbasi: it will be my pleasure if a star like you will talk to me
Mugdha Godse: hey i want u guys to gv me ur feedbacks here on bollywood hungama aslo i hv my twitter acc @mugdhagodse267 n bring it onnn

mel_16: who is your fav co-star you have worked till date
Mugdha Godse: all ma costars r been a real funn till now yeyy

honeyyyy: DO U HV FUTURE MADHUR BHANDARAKAR PROJECTS?
Mugdha Godse: ask madhur na… do i hv a role in his film?

kirti: hey Mughda how was it wrking on a horror film?
Mugdha Godse: working on a horror film is v exciting nd funnn lottsa homework though

Raaaaaaaaaaj: whats your fav sport
Mugdha Godse: i love swimming

Danabolly: will you come in Switzerland soon??
Mugdha Godse: i love switzerland will come surely

Raaaaaaaaaaj: what your fav hollywood movie?
Mugdha Godse: i loved RING

PravinAnand: Mugdha DO YOU THINK IT IS A WISE DECISION TO RELEASE HELP WITH PEEPLI LIVE
Mugdha Godse: pravin ya u chill… we r releasing it on friday t 13th thts wt intrests us

Jaspriya;: what is the latest english movie you have seen?
Mugdha Godse: INCEPTION

Mugdha Godse madina (L) Mughdah: here are many germany fans for you are waiting …
Mugdha Godse: yessss yesss

Raaaaaaaaaaj: brother and sisters?
Mugdha Godse: sis one

Jaspriya;: whats your secret to looking good?
Mugdha Godse: 8hr sleep

ishaa: u knw u looked just FAB in FASHION
Mugdha Godse: thanks dear

jani jee: do u like madhur cinema?
Mugdha Godse: i love it

honeyyyy: MUGDHA JI PLZ RELEASE UR VIDEO, BELIEVE ME U R LOOKING VRY GORGEOUS.
Mugdha Godse: nooooooo

manik: despite your beauty and attractive personality you come across as someone relatable,down 2 earth
Mugdha Godse: thanks manik

0Esha01: What are your strong points as an actor?
Mugdha Godse: my underply reactions

PravinAnand: When will “Will you Marry me” complete & release
Mugdha Godse: december

Aminnah: mugda have u seen bace na hasseno
Mugdha Godse: ya aminnah why u askg

0Esha01: What have you learned from your senior actors?
Mugdha Godse: proffessionalism

Partha: Hi Mugdha ji…This week I am gonna watch Help in Theater..Even I am a huge Horror Movie freak lyk u
Mugdha Godse: lovely partha

Mugdha Godse ishaa: watz ur fav colour mugdha?
Mugdha Godse: yellow

Jaspriya;: DO you like twilight? or harry potter?
Mugdha Godse: harry potter

Raaaaaaaaaaj: fav english song?
Mugdha Godse: i just called to say i luv u by steve wonder

madina (L) Mughdah: who is your best freind in bollywood ??
Mugdha Godse: all r my friends

neeru: why bobby is not promoting help
Mugdha Godse: he is he was there for music launch guys cm on

madina (L) Mughdah: did you see toy story…if not you should..
Mugdha Godse: haha no toy story

Danabolly: which actress would you love to have as co-star?
Mugdha Godse: asin

0Esha01: What is the hardest part for u of being a celebrity?
Mugdha Godse: tht few of t people get too much into t personal life

nikie_nena: what is the latest indian movie u have seen?
Mugdha Godse: once upon time in mum fanstic film

Sandhya: Hi Mugdha, U truly rocked in Fashion. eagerly waiting to watch HELP this weekend…
Mugdha Godse: hey thanks sandhya

Mugdha Godse nikie_nena: how was ur day
Mugdha Godse: day is hectic

PravinAnand: what is your sisters name ??
Mugdha Godse: Madhura

madina (L) Mughdah: have you fallen in love with someone??
Mugdha Godse: no madina
Mugdha Godse: last 5 mins guys gotto rush… send in your qtns soon

0Esha01: What kind of roles do you prefer mugdha?
Mugdha Godse: Esha…now I want to do a romantic film…a hardcore love story

neeru: which is your fav song in help?
Mugdha Godse: neeru…Kehna Hai… and the title track which has no words

ishaa: mugda whum u apreciate in bollywood whum u think is best?
Mugdha Godse: ishaa….PC

madina (L) Mughdah: what you wanted to be if you were not an actor..??or model
Mugdha Godse: Housewife

madina (L) Mughdah: how must your mister right look??
Mugdha Godse: madina…he must look like Harry Potter

ranjit: who is ur fav director?
Mugdha Godse: ranjit…all people i have worked with

neeru: will bobby also come for chat
Mugdha Godse: neeru….ask my PRO

Mugdha Godse Sandhya: Hi Mugdha, is it true that you had a tryst with a ghost in real life? tell us more…
Mugdha Godse: Sandhya…i was jet-lagged

Samad Khan: Mughdah tell me About ur Film Help some intresting thing..
Mugdha Godse: Samad…Help is a new age horror film and will set new benchmarks in the horror genre

PravinAnand: Mugdha What is most important thing required to become an actor /Actress??
Mugdha Godse: Pravin…Professionalism

alagsi: what do you make of emraan hashmi?
Mugdha Godse: alagsi…I think he is a really sorted guy and a good actor

madina (L) Mughdah: what is your fav. food??
Mugdha Godse: Poha and Eggs

Aminnah: whos ur fav footballer
Mugdha Godse: Cristiano Ronaldo

madina (L) Mughdah: can you give me tips for an healthy lifestlye and body..
Mugdha Godse: just work out every day and eat healthy food

Danabolly: after became an actor did u have to change lots of things in your life?
Mugdha Godse: Dana….yeah i had to keep a bodyguard

0Esha01: Do you beive in arranged mariages dear?Luv u so much,wanna know ur oppinion
Mugdha Godse: Esha…no…i believe in luv marriage

Mugdha Godse: hey guys leavg wl say buy to u on t video… thank u cya in t theatres on friday the 13th aug

Mugdha Godse: tadah!!!!!

Amrita Rao

Date of Birth
7 June 1981, Mumbai, India

Birth Name
Amrita Deepak Rao

Height
5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

Mini Biography

Amrita was born in the Rao family on June 7, 1981 in Mumbai, She speaks Konkani. She comes from a well to do Hindu family. Her dad owns an Advertising Agency.

Amrita did not want to purse any career with Bollywood as she wanted to graduate in psychology, which she eventually did.

No stranger to cameras and bright lights, she has modeled for approximately 35 advertisements. Her first assignment was for Fairever Face Cream. Amongst other assignments that got her noticed were Hindustan Lever’s ‘Close-up’ Cadbury’s Perk, & Nestle Bru Coffee. Ken Ghosh approached Amrita for his debut movie Ishq Vishq after seeing her in the perk commercial, where she plays a hungry bride eagerly awaiting the arrival of her husband on the religious occasion of ‘Karva Chauth’. Ishq Vishq was a world-wide hit and made her famous virtually overnight. Amrita Rao is also a Brand Ambassador for D’Damas Gold Jewellery, Parachute Hair Oil, and Miss Players Apparels.

Her other hit movies ‘Masti’, ‘Main Hoon Na’ & ‘Vivah’ added to her popularity and stardom. While ‘Pyare Mohan’, ‘Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi’, ‘Shikhar’ ‘Deewar’ were average at the box office. So far she has won 6 awards, mostly related to her performances in ‘Ishq Vishk’ and ‘Vivah’.

Barely 12 movies’ old, she is already quite well-known for her skilled performances and her dancing talent. Madhuri Dixit went gaga over her performance at the Filmfare Awards 2007. Renowned artist M.F Hussain chose her as his Muse and theme of paintings after Madhuri Dixit.

She also has a Telegu movie to her credit which turned out a huge box office hit. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, and her mother-tongue, Konkani. She is passionate about reading short stories. Allergic to spicy Indian food, she prefers bland continental, and loves dessert such as Gulab Jamun

She has co-starred with Shahid Kapur, Zayed Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Akshay Khanna, and Mahesh Babu.

A winner of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award at the young age of 25, Amrita Rao is all set for her successful innings at Bollywood.
IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Trivia

Daughter of Deepak Rao

Comes from a very well-to-do Saraswat Brahmin family

Philosophy of life: Life is short and sweet, so make others happy and never let anyone down.

Brands modeled for: Hindustan Lever’s – Close-up, Godrej – Nikhaar Soap (2 ads.), Nestle – Bru Coffee, Wringly Chewing Gum, Anne French, Fena Detergent, Jolen Bleach, 3 Roses Tea (South India), Johnson & Johnsons – Clean & Clear Face Wash, Proctor & Gamble – Pantene Hair Wash, Cadbury’s – Perk Chocolates, Parachute Jasmine – Hair Oil, Domino’s Pizza, HMT Watches, Allukas Jewellery (South India), and Allapet Jewellery (South India).

Amrita Rao’s younger sister Preeta Rao is a journalist/columnist and a movie critic.

Personal Quotes

Marriages are forever, they should be forever. I think marriages are falling apart these days because egos have become larger than life. Women have become independent and so they easily walk out of relationships. Earlier the woman would totally depend on the man. There will be ups and downs in marriage and we should deal with it gracefully. Selfishness will leave us lonely at the end of the day. In my profession, girls are more committed; if they see someone or are married then they stick to their commitment. Guys just get carried away. So it is very difficult to say whether I will marry an actor. There are a few successful marriages in the industry too, but still… I feel that the first choice should be the last choice and that is also the reason why I haven’t got a boy friend. If I decide to go around with a guy, I would want to marry him otherwise it doesn’t make sense. So not just marriage but I must say that relationships are forever.

On Shoaib Akhtar: He is decent looking, but I don’t know about his sex appeal. You need to have a good personality and moral qualities, apart from looks to be sexy. He is a good cricketer, but I don’t think he is sexy.

From the girl-next door image that had made Amrita Rao one of the most accepted and adorable faces in the tinsel town, she comes with a complete image makeover, in a hot new avatar in her forthcoming release SHORTKUT: THE CON IS ON. Our correspondent chats up with the actor.

What do you think of Amrita Rao’s new look? Love it or hate it? Tell us. Leave your comments in the COMMENTS BOX below.

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Amrita Rao, the Beautiful Indian Star
There have been hundreds upon thousands of actors and actresses to hit the Bollywood scene. None of them however have hit such astronomical success as Amrita Rao. Amrita had never planned to become an actress, and infact held off job offers until she had finished her studies at college. During that time she did several small adverts, all of which rose to huge success.
Amrita Rao’s first big break came after her studies finished, where she was picked to act in the film Ab Ke Baras in 2002. From here Amrita has risen to astounding fame, spring boarded from commercials into movie fame!

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Amrita Rao with No Bra and Backless Top

This stunning black and white picture of Amrita Rao in a backless top and no bra is a great reminder of why we love this bollywood star.  This is one of my favorite Amrita Rao photos, it reveals her back while containing her modesty and dignity.

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Bollywood Actress Amrita Rao desperately wants to shed her simple-sweet-girl-next door image for a sizzling sexy one. She explored with very ‘Indian’ looks with her roles in Vivah and Welcome To Sajjanpur. Her forthcoming film has her playing a simple city girl.

But in her next film SHORTKUT she will be going fully bold and beautiful. Sexy image would mean she would wear shorter clothes and that she will have a couple of raunchy numbers to dance on and of course a hot love making scene with her love interest in the film.

Amrita Rao, who started her Bollywood career as the girl-next-door, is creating a lot of flutter around with her all new provocative glam look. The actress justifies that she is not trying to break the image that she has created in the industry by saying that ‘a girl next door can also be hot and sexy’.

“I’m not trying to desperately do something different that would make me change the image that I have built. I’m very happy if people in the industry find me a sweet girl-next-door,” she says.
She finds nothing wrong when the same girl-next-door goes through a glam makeover and starts flirting with guys in a pub. Suddenly, the girl-next-door which is the uber chic version of the Bharatiya Nari has gone through a sea change in definition.

“But you have to understand that this girl is not predictable. She can be hot and sexy too, she can be the life of a party and can also flirt with boys,” Amrita says.

And what does Amrita have to say about her new look in the forthcoming film Shortkut in which she is provocatively soaking the sun on a sandy beach?

“See, I have worn sexy clothes before too in films like Ab Ke Baras, Ishq Vishk, Main Hoon Na. The new thing that I have done is the way I have been acting like in My Name is Anthony Gonsalves in which I could subtly be seductive through my eyes and expressions. In Shortkut too, I have a role that demands me to be glamourous and attractive,” Amrita explains.

Now an established actress, Amrita started her career as a model and featured in several commercials. Having no well wishers in Bollywood, Amrita says she has been lucky to have got big movie offers.

“It’s difficult to establish yourself in our industry if you do not know someone. Only a few from the outside can barge into the industry. I think I have been very lucky,” she says.
She admits that there are very few platforms that enable an actor to get noticed.

“The problem is that the platforms from where you can get spotted by someone from our film fraternity are few. Either you have to be a model doing ads or you have to win a beauty pageant and none of these are a cakewalk,” she said.

This svelte actress currently has three films in her kitty — the Shyam Benegal
directed Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur, Harman Baweja starrer Victory and Anil Kapoor’s Shortkut and says she has no complaints about how the industry has treated her so far.

“I don’t have any complaints because I think I have got some really nice opportunities and people have been very nice with me,” she says, adding, “Acting was something I always secretly desired to do and I’m living my dream.”

The romantic at heart
Amrita, who has acted in several romantic films, says she is a very big romantic at heart and adds that it was her role in Ishq Vishq that is most closer to the real person that she is. “I’m a very sacrificing, emotional person. Playing the role of Payal in the film was like playing me in front of the screen,” she says.

Amrita says that she believes in the classic, your-love-is-destined-for-you phrase. “I’m a very romantic person but I believe that if someone is destined to be with me, nothing can take the person away,” she adds.

Okay… so how have you been?
(Smiles) Great. It has been a great few years and I am just happy with the way things have been, the roles, I have come across and it’s just a great feeling before the release of another film like SHORTKUT.

So tell me what is the reason behind this hot new look.
(Laughs out loud). You too got surprised and everyone’s getting surprised. But honestly, I didn’t want to surprise anyone with a new look. I don’t believe in a

“There is no shortcut to success.”
‘shortcut route to success’. So, this wasn’t a planned move or choice but everything was done to fit into the role. The role demanded me to sport a new, hot, look and as I was playing an actress it was the requirement.

But your fans have always liked you as the girl-next-door?
Well, I am and will always be the way I am. I don’t want to change my image to just impress the audiences. They have accepted me the way I am. And the girl next door can also look hot.

Somehow, whenever you have played a role that has moved away from a simpleton, your films didn’t work like MY NAME IS ANTHONY GONSALVES and VICTORY.
Yes, both the films didn’t work and whenever a film doesn’t work, it hurts the people who were behind making that film. But nothing is predictable. Once a film is made every actor hopes that the film will do well but ultimately, the audience is the deciding factor.

So, you are playing an actress in SHORTKUT.
Yes… But something that is completely different to what I am in real life. It’s a great comedy, produced by Mr. Anil Kapoor and he is someone who gets completely involved into his projects. Though the comedy is mostly between Arshad and Akshaye, I am there in the emotional part. It has been a memorable experience. It’s a laugh riot where Akshaye wants to make a film with a bad actor, played by Arshad and I play a successful actress, who is glamorous. My character Mansi is one of the top actresses today but there’s a lot of interference from her personal life into her professional life, which makes things difficult. That’s where the difference lies from my real life. I have never faced such problems from my family. My parents have always been liberal and supportive.

In fact WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR too was a comedy?
But that was completely opposite. You know Mr. Benegal and the kind of films he makes. It was a comedy but there was a satire, which was wonderfully depicted on screen. It had a subtle message and the comedy was completely different. In fact my role, look and everything was completely different.

You have worked with directors like Shyam Benegal and Raj Kumar Santoshi on one hand and on the other hand the likes of Farah Khan, Ken Ghosh and Sooraj Barjatia. How do you balance your moves?
See, I don’t do things in a planned way. That can never be done. Good scripts always appeals and if you can justify your role good films are bound to come your way. But I have always maintained a balance between the good films and the commercial value of films because at the end of the day commercial value of films does matter. That is what brings business while there isn’t a bigger kick than playing a role which people appreciate.

So what about your film THE LEGEND OF KUNAL, which is being directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Diwedi?
I am really thrilled to be acting alongside Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. It is a period film and a lot of research has already gone into it. Right now Mr. Diwedi is looking for the right location and once that is done we will start shooting. It’s a big film and we all are excited about it but it will take some more time. Moreover, we all too need to prepare a lot on our roles and that isn’t an easy task at all.

So what are your plans now?
There aren’t any plans as such. As I said, one can’t plans things always, and at least not in our trade. I will be doing films, which I think the audience will like me in and that is what is most satisfying as an actor. For the time being I am really excited and looking forward to SHORTKUT.

What goes behind your recent glamorous makeover?
The credit goes to Manish (Malhotra). He worked at my looks for my film ‘Short Kut’ and the results are so positive that it’s hard to shun it now. In fact, Manish is responsible for changing fashion in Bollywood. Not only me, but there are several other actors who owe their style statement to him. Manish changed the face of Bollywood and is still doing so.
Since you are wearing a bridal outfit, let’s ask, what will you prefer to wear when you get married?
Oh my God! Marriage is not at all on the cards at the moment. But when I get married, I would prefer to wear something like I am wearing right now…a traditional yet modern outfit with halters and sequins.
Who do you think looked best among the two showstoppers today-Baichung Bhutia or Ronit Roy?
I think it’s Manish Malhotra…(giggles).
What do your prefer wearing off the camera?
I am a casual person…I know that’s what everyone says, But then, that’s a fact. We too like letting it loose at home or when with friends just like you all.

How did films happen?

I was in college, which I did not complete because I started modeling. I did the perk Ad that got me noticed and filmmakers approached me. My debut film was Ab ke baras with Arya Babbar. Ken Ghosh Raj Kumar Santoshi, Raj Kanwar had offered me films but Raj kanwar was in a hurry to start his film so Ab Ke baras became by first film. Immediately after that The legend of Bhagat Singh followed –then there was one years gap in which we shot for Ishq vishk.

Any regrets that your first film didn’t fare well?

Ab ke baras did not fair well but I have not regretted doing it because it was a major role-I played a double role- a major opportunity for a Hindi film debut. And when you consider it was Raj Babbar’ son’s film ideally it should have been a very hero oriented film but it was more a fifty fifty kind of opportunity for both of us. And I had important performance scenes with Ashutosh Rana and Ashish Vidyarthi and also Danny Denzongpa-all seasoned actors. It was very challenging role and I played two contrasting roles-one was a simple girl based in the past with a period look and the other was an NRI from Canada. I had to climb a running bus and get onto a truck and do stunts so I learnt a lot in Ab ke baras. I got trained in dancing by Saroj Khan in dance then I had action scenes so I got trained by Pappu verma. I did almost everything in that one film. It was like doing ten films.

Any hesitation before the camera?

I had earlier done a lot of ads and I was perfectly fine in front of the camera. I think the difference between the modeling world and films is that one is without dialogues and you have to convey everything through your expressions and in a film you have to follow a character and behave like that character would behave. And you have to dance. I have not learnt dancing or acting but I had no problem dancing.

Where were you educated?

I studied in Ruparel College.  I studied in Canossa convent. I was a student of psychology but did not complete my graduation.

How has Bollywood reacted to you?

Legend and Ab ke baras released neck to neck so when Ab ke baras did not do much for me, Legend of Bhagat Singh fetched me some critical acclaim, people told me they remembered me from the film in that I attracted their attention though  it was a small role-that was a very encouraging thing for me. Luckily film critics did not write me off or say that I needed to pack my bags. In fact I found they were watching me with interest. Ishq Vishk was a very good platform for me because I was playing my age, a college girl. It was also very beautifully promoted by Tips and Ken Ghosh. And I got noticed.

Have you identified what is it that you have that other newcomers don’t that you are getting noticed?

There are lots of new girls who come in but to do a Hindi film heroine is fairly difficult- I was told that all the girls look like models not like characters they are playing. When we do auditions we find that someone looks good but cant dance or cant do something else. It’s very difficult to be a heroine.

Any family opposition?

I had no family opposition. My modeling career was going well and films were a major step- it was entering into a more competitive world-no one compares models and says this one is better than that one but in films there is a lot of competition. My major ads were Close up, Pantene, Feeling, Bru, Perk Fairever, which was my first ad.

What are you being offered now?

Fortunately I am getting performance oriented scripts-the younger scriptwriters and directors hopefully will change the scene. I’m in Main hoon na-the Farah Khan film with Shahrukh Khan_I’m opposite Zayed and I play someone so different from Payal from Ishq Vishk who is a sweet girl while in Main hoon na I’m a complete tomboy-it’s great contrast. And I’ve got Deewar with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna.

How is it working with a woman director?

Working with Farah is great-she is immensely creative and that shows in her work. I’m very proud to see a woman calling the shots. She has done a lot of homework you can see. We were to release the film in December but because of Shahrukh’s being unwell the schedules went awry. We had a one-month schedule in Darjeeling, which went well. Farah saw me in the Bru

Commercial she had not seen my films so she auditioned me and the first thing she asked me was can you dance?

She auditioned me for my dance. Initially I was very skeptical about my dancing ability but when I saw people complimented me I thought I was okay.

How do you feel about the response you have got for Ishq vishk?

I’m feeling very happy with the response I have got for Ishq Vishk. Working with Ken Ghosh was a joyride and he makes newcomers very comfortable on the sets. You are not tense at all. We never felt we were working. Getting a part in a Shahrukh Khan film made me happy that I would get the backing of his name- and for someone who doesn’t come from a film background it’s great thing.

How much does a director matter to you?

The director guides you but you have to put your own input to- when I was doing Payal _I found she was a lot like me but still I kept consulting with Ken whether I was getting it right.

When would you refuse a role?

When there are too many characters and your role is tiny then you would get lost so I might refuse such a role or the script may be weak sometimes a set up may be good so you accept a role. I would be influenced by the director by my co-stars and the script-the comfort level with your co-stars matters a lot. You should be able to discuss your script with your co-star you should have that much rapport.

Are you a film buff and do you take a role home?

I do homework when I get my scripts. I watch films but not any and every film. I used to see films on the video.

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Celina Jaitley

Date of Birth

24 November 1981, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Birth Name

Celina Jiya Jaitley

Nickname

Chinto

Height5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Born on 24th 1981 in Kabul to a Punjabi Indian Army Officer father and an afghan Child Psychologist mother, Celina Jaitley is a younger sibling to her parents. Heading to glamorous world was not intentional and like many others of her ilk, she has different plans in life and even thought of joining army, either as a doctor or a pilot.

But destiny willed otherwise and she now shines in the skyline of glamorous world and has joined the band of India’s ever growing list of defense personnel’s daughters who made it big in beauty pageants and then entered the film world.

During her school days, she has to move frequently from one place to other because of her fathers posting and she changed 13 schools altogether until she appeared for board exams. She studied commerce in college and then she fetched a marketing job for a Cell phone company in Kolkatta. Though she was not so serious about winning the contest, she just participated for the heck of participation but surprisingly come out winning the contest. This opened up new avenues in glamorous world and soon she walked away with the coveted, Miss India crown (2001) bagging almost every title from Best Skin to Best Clothes to MTVs most wanted.

Then the same year, she went on to participate in the Miss Universe contest held in Puerto Rico and was adjudged fourth runner up from amongst 83 contestants. It was her success in national and international beauty pageants and sheer recognition she received, she was flooded with many Bollywood and afterwards Hollywood projects too.

Mini Biography

Celina Jiya Jaitley was born in Simla, India on June 9, 1981 to Punjabi-speaking Indian Army Colonel V.K. Jaitley and Meeta, an Afghani Beauty Queen-cum- Psychologist, specializing in children’s problems. Celina has a brother who is also in the Indian Army.

She wanted to grow up and join the army just like her dad, either as a Pilot or a Doctor. Most of her childhood was spent in different locations due to her dad being transferred in cities and towns all over India – as a result she ended up studying in over a dozen different schools. The family is now re-settled in Kolkatta.

Instead of becoming a Pilot or a Doctor, she ended up graduating in Commerce and thereafter got a job in a cell phone company.

Celina shot to fame when she won a local beauty contest, and thus encouraged, submitted her photos and profile to the organizers of the Miss India Contest; she was admitted in the competition, and went to be crowned Miss India for 2001. Thereafter she went on to represent India in the Miss Universe Contest, and ended up being the 4th runner-up, up ahead of 79 of the contestants.

She then appeared in several videos, including ‘Zara Nazron Se Kehdo’ by the Bombay Vikings. Her debut on the tinsel Bollywood screen commenced with Feroz Khan’s Janasheen in 2003 opposite Fardeen Khan and since then she has gone on to appear in 11 more movies.
Career in Movies

Celinia soon joined Bollywood industry, did some music videos including the Bombay Vikings’ Zara Nazron Se Kehdo video. Her debut Bollywood film was Feroze Khan’s thriller Jansheen where she starred opposite to Fardeen Khan.

Having joined films she made her debut with Feroze Khan’s thriller Jansheen with Fardeen Khan. Despite her exposure role the film could not do a brisk business. She has also starred in Khel, which had in its cast Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty besides the former test cricketer Ajay Jadeja. But despite all the euphoria it generated, Khel came a cropper at the box office.

She did Telugu film Suryam (2005) and dmany other Bollywood hits like Khel, Silsiilay, No Entry, Jawaani Diwani, Apna Sapna Money Money, Red: The Dark Side, Shakalaka Boom Boom, Heyy Babyy, Kabul Ka Gangster, and many others.

In 2007 Celina flew to New Zealand and shot her first international movie The Quest of Sheherzade, which was a romantic comedy.

There are many new upcoming project lined up to be released this year (2008), and she is the brand ambassador of Egyptian tourism & D’damas too. And it for sure, that this lovely artist has enough potential and energy to entertain people both national and in international level.

Trivia

Fourth runner up at the 2001 Miss Universe pageant.

Father is Punjabi and mother is Afghani.

Never wanted to become a model or an actress. Celina had her mind set on becoming a pilot.

Became a model in the Bollywood industry after the Miss Universe pageant.

Femina Miss India 2001

Hobbies: Surfing the net, reading, sketching and listening to music.

Her mother is a psychologist.

Her favorite actor is Aamir Khan, and favorite actress is Aishwarya Rai.

Her favorite Hollywood movie is Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Favorite holiday spot is St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Bebe and Jashn are her favorite brands. She is the brand ambassador for Jashn.

Has 5 pets: all dogs.

Speaks fluent Bengali, English, German, Punjabi, and Urdu. She says she speaks in Urdu at home.

Plays billiards and pool, sometimes she likes to go sailing.

Her qualifications are a B.Com. graduate, Honours in Accountancy.

Has one brother. He is in 3 Para Commando Special Forces.

Her favorite outfit is a sari.

Her terrace is her favorite hangout spot.

Owns 900+ pairs of shoes.

Is a vegetarian.

The first country she visited was Nepal.

Neither smokes nor drinks. She is a very health conscious person.

Loves Sweden, she used to live in Stockholm at Vallhallvagan.

Favorite cuisine is Indian and favorite dish is biryani.

Uses MAC cosmetics.

Good friends with Fardeen Khan, Riya Sen, and Shreyas Talpade.

Personal Quotes

“I’m young right now; I have a lot of time in the future to de-glam myself. Now I want to do roles of my age which are glamorous; because I have that image – I’m a glamorous woman. I wanted to be called a good and a good-looking actress.”

About her cameo in Silsiilay (2005): “In Sisilay I have a special appearance; it was a strange experience because I can never imagine being a woman like the one I’ve portrayed. I’m in love with a married man, much older to me and who has a son her own age. It’s a complex character, and I loved it.”

When asked which character she would like to play in a remake: “I would like to play Meena Kumari’s role in Pakeezah, Waheeda Rehmanji’s role from `Chaudavi Ka Chand’ and Rekha’s role in `Umrao Jaan’.” (erosentertainment.com interview, 2005)

“I think Fardeen and I have a special chemistry on-screen, I don’t deny that. At the same time I think Hrithik and I will be great together. Our physical features will work well to create that chemistry – especially the combination of our height, the light eyes; together we’ll have a good screen presence.” (erosentertainment.com interview, 2005)

On turning down the lead in Julie (2004): “I turned down Julie because I didn’t agree with the reasoning of the protagonist in the story, who resorts to prostitution because her man ditches her. I didn’t see why any educated girl would take such a drastic step. I take up roles that I mentally agree with, and this was not such a role.” (Stardust, April 2005)

“When I intend to settle down, I’m just gonna tell my parents to find someone for me. I have lost faith in myself to make the right decision as far as a man is concerned. Sean (her ex-boyfriend) was a big lapse in judgment.”

“It’s scary, if you think of it. You read these stories all the time in the magazines, how someone got duped in a relationship. You think, this could never happen to me, except, it does. Until you’re a part of that statistic, you never believe that this could be you.”

“I rate myself 8 as an actor…but everybody doesn’t share the same viewpoint.”

Filmography

• Kabul Ka Gangster (2007), Nazia Khan (Javeed’s wife)
• Love Has No Language (2008) (NZ Made)
• One Night (film) (2007) (To Go On Floor) • Kaash Tumse Mohabbat Na Hoti (2006) (To Go On Floor), Anarkali
• Unusual Love Story (2006) (To Go On Floor)
• Heyy Babyy (Released)
• Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007) (Released)
• Red: The Dark Side (January 2007) (Released)
• Apna Sapna Money Money (November 10, 2006), Saania Badnaam
• Tom, Dick, and Harry (May 12, 2006), Celina
• Zinda (January 12, 2006), Nisha Roy
• Jawaani Diwani—A Youthful Joyride (January 6, 2006), Roma Fernandes
• Suryam (2005) A telugu film.
• No Entry (August 26, 2005), Sanjana Saxena
• Silsiilay (June 17, 2005), Preeti
• Janasheen (November 28, 2003), Jessica Pereira
• Khel (October 3, 2003), Saanjh Ba

Celina Jaitley takes time to learn new dance

Beauty queen-turned actress Celina Jaitley may have been missing from Bollywood’s social scene lately — but she’s still been dancing. The actress, already popular for her scantily clad Bollywood dance sequences, told the Times of India newspaper in an interview published today that she has taken some time off to learn a new dance style. “I have taken a huge liking to jazz-ballet right now,” she said. Jaitley, who was crowned Miss India in 2001, is set to play a night club dancer in her next film, “Apna Sapna Money Money” or My Dream: Money Money.” “Now with my knowledge of Indian classical dancing, coupled with the art of jazz-ballet, I will have more movements in my repertoire to draw from,” she told the paper. While Jaitley has yet to star in a box office hit, she has become increasingly popular since she emerged bikini-clad from the sea in her first film, “Janasheen,” or `The Successor.’

When Celina rocked all night

Celina Jaitely recently hosted a party to welcome one of her close friends from London. And truly, her party rocked her terrace apartment till the wee hours of the morning. And guess who were the invitees? Subhash Ghai, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sangeeth Siwan, Javed Jaffri were amongst others who celebrated with her. Incidentally, Celina Jaitely has been on a brand endorsement spree. And believe it or not, recently she was signed to be the brand ambassador for Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs and Nile! Besides, Celina has also signed to endorse a mineral water brand as well as a saree brand. Looks like the party never ends for Celina!

Govinda spends night with Celina

Celina Jaitley had a party at her house on Friday night, where her closest friends were invited. Everyone was surprised to see Govinda there. A bigger surprise was the following morning when B-Town was buzzing with rumours of the actor having spent the night at her place. A source present at the party confirms, “Govinda made a pretence of leaving Celina’s party early, and then he returned when most of the guests had gone.” Govinda and Celina became close during the shooting of Money Hai Toh Honey Hai in Mauritius. He has also been promoting her as his co-star. Recently, Ganesh Acharya was to picturise a solo song on him for MHTHH, but Govinda insisted on having Celina in the song, “for sex-appeal.” According to a crew member, “On the sets, Celina was always the target of Govinda’s pranks and she didn’t seem to mind. It was very obvious to everyone that they shared a special bond. Govinda is grateful that while Lara and Priyanka refused films opposite him, Celina didn’t.” Understandably, Celina is not happy with the rumours of the actor spending the night at her house. She snaps, “That’s rubbish! My parents are staying with me, and they would freak out if they heard this. A couple of my close friends did stay over at my home but Chi Chi wasn’t one of them.” Celina however admits she admires the senior actor, “I have always admired and respected him, even before I started acting. We connected on the sets of MHTHH because of our UP connection. I come from Lucknow, and we conversed in UP lingo.” The actress admits being a Govinda fan, “I am awed by him as a performer and I won”t stop being friendly with him just because of these rumours. We do get along well and sit and laugh together, but he’s a married man. People jealous of our friendship are reacting like this.” When asked about Govinda adding her to his song, she pleads innocence, “As far as the song in MHTHH is concerned, I don’t know about it.” Govinda too sings the good friend tune, “Celina is a wonderful actress. I have gym in the morning and have to get up early, so I left her party by 1 am. Celina and I share a special bond and I find her a great co-actress; but we are just good friends. Celina doesn’t need to be recommended by me. She is very talented.”

The first time ever Celina Jaitley
Apr 21, 2008
The first time ever Celina Jaitley will appear in a Music Video. The rocking Video is from the T-Series album titled ZARA NAZRON SE KEHDO. And this is not the only excitement thing about the album. The album is the much-awaited album by the eminent Bombay Vikings. The song-Zara Nazron Se Kehdo originally sung by Hemant Kumar & penned by Shakeel Badayuni is from the 1962 classic movie Bees Saal Baal starring Biswajeet & Waheeda Rehman. Neeraj Sridhar, lead singer of Bombay Vikings, who has been an ardent fan of Mr. Hemant Kumar Says, ” when People choose songs they choose those songs, which can be converted into beats but I choose songs which have melody and Hemant jis songs have the true Indian melody”. Neeraj who has been instrumental in introducing the concept of English Lyrics in Hindi songs is very charged about the album and feels he has another hit up his sleeve. When asked how he managed to rope in Celina for the video, he adds with pride that “She has been my ex-neighbor and we both have great respect for one another. So it wasn’t really very difficult convincing her for the Video. In fact she has given excellent expressions and looked very ravishing in the video”, he adds with a smile. From :

What seems so interesting about your role in ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’?

For the first time I am playing a powerful, young, glamorous, media person. She is a character, which can make or break the careers of others.

Do you feel P.R.O. is very significant for an actor’s image building?

From my personal experience I can surely say that P.R.O. plays huge role in building an actors image.

You mostly appear in glamorous roles.

What can I do about that? Whenever there is any glamorous role, filmmakers think of me. Personally, I like roles where I can be glamorous and where there is also a scope for a performance, like in ‘No Entry’ and ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’.

Which Bollywood actress you are highly impressed by?

None! I don’t believe in following any one. I believe in creating my own. Though at times I have followed the make-up style of Sophia Loren

How was working with Bobby Deol, Upen Patel and Kangana Ranaut?

I knew Bobby Deol and Upen Patel even before doing this film. So it was very pleasing experience. As far as Kangana Ranaut is concerned, we have very few scenes with each other.



Aamir Khan

Date of Birth

14 March 1965, Mumbai, India

Nickname

A.K.

Height

5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

Mini Biography

Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970′s hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) — he was the youngest child in the trio. He ‘quit’ movies and went on to become the state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir also fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir’s wife Reena even appears in the song “Papa Kehte Hain” that made him the darling of the nation. From the tremendous success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which was released when he was 23, he has blossomed into India’s finest actor. His list of sterling performances include Dil (1990), _Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990)_, _Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)_, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Rangeela (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999).

His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and International critics. Using classic “method acting”, Aamir acts in all genres of Indian films – comedy, action, drama and romance. Though he performs in few films, Aamir Khan is acknowleged today as the most complete Indian actor for his diverse choice of roles and films.

Mini Biography

Aamir khan was born on March 14 1965 in Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai in India in a conservative Muslim family which has been part of Hindi Film Industry for a long time. Aamir first came on screen as a child artist in his Uncle Nasir Hussain’s production Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), it was not a real part just a blink and miss appearance in the title song of the film. He again appeared as a child artist in the film Madhoshi (1974). Much later he appeared in the art film Holi (1984)along with his friend and later his director Ashutosh Gowariker, the film also starred Naseeruddin Shah. Subsequently he went on to become the state tennis champion of Maharashtra. Sometime before his debut film Aamir fell in love with a girl in his neighborhood Reena. Since she belonged to a Hindu family and he from devout Muslim family, they faced opposition and therefore they married secretly, later they revealed it to the world after his debut movie as lead Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak(QSQT) as a leading man was released in 1988, the film was a run away success and he achieved instant stardom (the film is now considered a classic of Hindi Cinema)and not only that the film was successful in turning the tide away from action centric violent films to family oriented romantic musical dramas in Hindi Cinema, the luminous example of which are MPK (1989), HAHK (1994) and DDLJ (1995). In his second film Raakh (a small, art film) he did a complete opposite role from the lover boy of his first film, his breakthrough performance in this film bagged him the National Film Award of Special Jury. Afterwards he signed a few not so good films which failed at the box office. In the year 1990 he delivered the biggest grosser of the year in the form of Dil and since then he has not looked back giving several commercial and critical hits, his superlative performances include films like Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Daulat Ki Jung (1992), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander( 1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke( 1993), Parampara (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Baazi( 1995), Rangeela (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Earth(1998), Ghulam (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Dil Chahta Hai( 2001), Lagaan (2001), Mangal Panday (2005), Fanaa( 2006) and Rang De Basanti (2006).

In 2007 he turned director with the film Taare Zameen Par which not only brought him immense critical acclaim but was a huge box office success. Many of his films are considered as cult classics like QSQT, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Range De Basanti, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and Andaz Apna Apna. He divorced his first wife in December 2001 and married Kiran Rao in December 2005.

In 2008 his first all out commercial action film Ghajini went on to become the highest grossing film of its time in Indian Cinema and 4th highest inflation adjusted, grossing a total of Rs.226 on the worldwide box office and the first film to cross 100 crores on the domestic Indian box office, making a total of Rs.115 crores. This record didn’t last long though when his next release 3 Idiots went on to shatter not only the highest grosser record but many more. It not only made the highest opening first day, first weekend and first week records but subsequently continued to shatters many record on the following weekends and weeks, making many circuits records on the way. It made a total of Rs.202 crore domestically and Rs.400 crores on worldwide box becoming the highest overseas grosser till date, a staggering feat given that no other film has even come close to making Rs.100 crore on the domestic box office till date, except his own Ghajini last year.

Aamir is said to be the actor who first started the trend of actor’s working in one film at a time, when the others worked in four or five at the same time. He is also known to shun popular film trade magazine awards like Filmfare, Star Screen etc as he doesn’t have trust in their credibility and transparency. Recently he was awarded the third highest civilian honour Padama Bhushan by the government of India.

Aamir Khan, a method actor, his range of characterizations remains unparalleled and because of this diversity and his ability to portray different characters believably on screen, today he is regarded as not only one of the biggest Superstars but also one of the finest actors of Indian Cinema.
Spouse

Kiran Rao (December 2005 – present)
Reena Dutta (18 April 1986 – December 2002) 2 children
Trivia

Was offered the role of Rahul Mehra in Darr (1993).

Refuses to accept the usual awards from Indian trade magazines such as Filmfare.

Known as perfectionist who insists on getting a finished script before committing to a film and also refuses to work on more than one film at a time, both very unusual for Bollywood where actors usually work in several films at a time and script details are often improvised on the day of shooting.

One of the three Khans that ruled Bollywood in the 90s. The other two are Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.

Son of Tahir Hussain, brother of Faisal Khan, Farhat Khan and Nikhat Khan

Nephew of Nasir Hussain

Cousin of Mansoor Khan

Files for divorce from wife Reena on December 9, 2002.

Awarded Padma Bhushan for the year 2003 by the Government of India.

Recently had another child with his ex-girlfriend, English writer Jessica Hines, who delivered their son, Jaan Harry Hines, on September 14 2003.

Uncle of Imran Khan.

Has 2 children with ex-wife Reena: a son, Junaid, and a daughter, Ira.

Mother is Zeenat Hussain. Sometimes she is referred to as Zeena Hussain.

After his first marriage he took another flat in the same building where he lived with his parents, and started living there.

Has been a big fan of Alfred Hitchkock stories.

Visited Pakistan for fund raising of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital on invitation by the cricketer Imran Khan.

Formed a popular on-screen pair with Juhi Chawla

Shares a birthday with Michael Caine, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Quincy Jones, Chris Klein, & Jamie Bell

The Press Trust of India reported Khan will marry girlfriend Kiran Rao in Panchgani, India on 1 January 2006. It later reported Khan and Rao married in a small ceremony at his home in Mumbai, India on 28 December 2005.

Highest paid actor in Bollywood.

Time magazine refers to him as the Indian ‘Sean Penn’.

Very close friends with Rani Mukherjee and Urmila Montondkar.

His ancestors hail from Afghanistan.

Has a reputation for shunning award ceremonies and avoiding the glare of the media.

Turned down Madame Tussaud’s offer to immortalize him in a wax statue.

Cites Daniel Day-Lewis and Dilip Kumar as his favorite actors.

Is a Tennis-enthusiast, and particularly admires Roger Federer.

Personal Quotes

Every film I do means a lot to me. The failure of Mela, definitely made a difference to me. I am not comfortable with the idea of my films not releasing to their full potential.

“There’s a lot of talent both in India and Pakistan. I think the talent in both these two countries should come together and entertain the world audience. If the right offer and opportunity comes my way, I’d love to do a movie in Pakistan.” (12 May 2006)

Film making is like fighting a war with leadership at the front.

I found that what happened 150 years ago was happening again with Americans entering other countries and exploiting them but pretending they were doing a favor. It was this contemporary feel that attracted me.

My son is a harsh critic.

I enjoy the love I receive from my fans and my audience. But I think I know what is real for me and what is not.

Salary

Ghajini (2008)Rs.150,000,000

Fanaa (2006)INR 100,000,000

Rang De Basanti (2006)INR 100,000,000

The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)INR 80,000,000

Dil Chahta Hai (2001)INR 30,000,000

Aamir Khan does everything with his signature style…be it acting or marketing his film. While he travelled incognito across cities for promoting 3 IDIOTS, after the release of the film he is out with his team on a ‘Thanks Giving’ tour. The ‘intelligent’ Rancho in conversation with Our Correspondent.

You are known for doing intelligent cinema. But how real are your characters?
Good question to start with! (Smiles) I think my characters in all my films are more real than most roles other actors pursue.

Let’s take – RANG DE BASANTI (RDB), GHAJINI and 3 IDIOTS. Your characters are more like ‘what it should have been’ than ‘this is what real characters are’…
I am not denying that. The characters are based in reality; coated with fiction. But at least, I try to convey some message through my films; the latest being 3 IDIOTS, where we have taken up education system.

It seems you love playing a college student-be it RDB or 3 IDIOTS. How comfortable you are playing a college goer in your 40s?
People say I still look 18…no, sweet 16! (Laughs)

Okay. So, what goes behind this teenager look?

‘I don’t consider myself as a brand.’

I had followed a strict diet for 3 IDIOTS and when you lose weight automatically you look younger. And also I drink a lot of water…4 litres of water a day at least. That keeps the skin fresh and I play a lot of games like badminton and all. That’s all.

Coming back to 3 IDIOTS, where did you get the idea to promote the film incognito?
The idea is mine…I was thinking what will happen if Aamir Khan suddenly disappears like Rancho in the film, and his fans and friends start looking for him. I told the idea to Vidhu Vinod Chopra (producer) sitting in front of his house and he laughed at me…he thought I am mad. But was adamant and decided to give it a shot.

How was the experience?
It was a wonderful experience…travelling to those parts of country I have never been before, meeting people; connecting to the roots of my country…I will always cherish and remember those days.

Which place did you enjoy the most?
All. I think each state is so unique in its own culture. You see the terrains, language, food changing as you move on. That’s how I became so fat!

But there are places where you didn’t go in disguise…
Yes…places where I wanted to bring attention of people onto some issue, I didn’t go in disguise. For example, when I went to the weavers to highlight their problems and issues, I didn’t play a game. I went as who I am; they didn’t know I was coming, so they were surprised. Similarly, I went as myself to a school in a small village in Gujarat to promote education, especially importance of education of girl child.

Now what made you stay away from partying on the 31st December night and come to Kolkata?
The reactions we are getting from Kolkata are really wonderful. So we came here to thank West Bengal for the kind of reception they have given to the film. We interacted with the audience at Fame Cinemas, and had a charity screening for army wives. Not only Kolkata, the 3 IDIOTS team decided to tour across 7 cities in 7 days and thank people for liking the film so much. We started with Bangalore.

What’s your New Year resolution?
You know when I was doing ‘Bharat darshan’ for two weeks, wherever I went, I got lovely food. So I ate a lot; especially in Kolkata at Sourav dada’s (Sourav Ganguly) house, the food …the sweet dishes were too good! So now I have become a ‘rasgulla’ myself. So my New Year resolution is to lose weight and get back to shape.

Why do most of your films stir up controversies-be it LAGAAN, RDB, MANGAL PANDEY and the latest 3 IDIOTS?
It’s for the media to tell. Don’t believe in everything that you write. (Winks and smiles)

But the Chetan Bhagat controversy is not media-made. What do you have to say on that?
We have exactly followed the agreement that Vinodji (Vidhu Vinod Chopra) and the production house had with Chetan Bhagat. His name shows in the last rolling credits along with others.

Still Bhagat is very upset….
Yes…I know that he is very upset. Even I am upset with him. As an uninterested

‘I wanted to do characters of Mahabharata.’

party, this is my opinion that it is unfortunate that Chetan is behaving in this manner. Credit should be given where it is due. Do you know who Abhijat Joshi is? He is the one who wrote LAAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI and worked on the script of 3 IDIOTS for three years. The due credit has been given to him by the producer and director. He is not as well-known as Chetan Bhagat, who is a big star in the world of writing. Chetan is trying to get the credit away from Abhijat, which I am very upset about.

Did you ever talk to Chetan Bhagat on the credit issue?
One day Chetan came to the sets of 3 IDIOTS. I told him-’Chetan, I have not read your book. But I will read it sometime.’ In reply, he said, ‘You don’t need to read it at all because the story that Abhijat and Raju (Rajkumar Hirani) has written, is very different from my book.’ These are his words…I am a witness. Now that the film has become successful, I think he is trying to get some publicity. Starting point…idea was ‘Five Point Someone’…but the script was changed entirely. If you have seen the film, pick out all the 15-20 highlight scenes of the film, and show me if any one of them is similar to the book. No one should be confused that Abhijit is the writer of our film. He also wrote LAAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI…was that also copied from Chetan Bhagat! Don’t get confused by a person trying to get publicity.

You have released the music of ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ at Shammi Kapoor’s residence. What is the reason for not choosing a five star hotel as a venue?
I think Shammi uncle has always proved to be my lucky mascot, right from the time I started my career as an actor with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. I sought his blessings even back then and have continued to do so, right till my directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par. I have always had his support. As this is my first film as producer, which does not have me as an actor, I needed his blessings very badly. So I found his house to be the perfect venue for the music launch of Jaane Tu.

How do you look at the film. Is Jaane Tu a launch pad for Imraan or is it primarily, from your prespective, an Aamir Khan production. Or are both aspects equally important for you?
No, if you see the first promo of Jaane Tu, you will have a clear idea that it is definitely not the launch pad for Imraan. Abbas (Tyrewala) came to me with the script, and I really liked the concept. My motive is to make a quality product and I want people to believe that whichever film carries my name, will have that stamp of quality. An Aamir Khan Productions should symbolize, in people’s minds, something, which is really interesting and worth watching. I want to build a certain level or a brand name for A.K Productions. That’s the idea behind establishing Aamir Khan Productions, as I have established my name in the film industry.

What was your contribution to the film?
My biggest contribution has been to bring Mansoor back. We have all been trying to get him back to the industry for quite a while now. I succeeded this time as he is also very fond of Imraan. I needed his help desperately as I was very busy with Taare Zameen Par and wanted someone to give full attention to this film.

You are known to follow a strict discipline when it comes to work. So were you the same during the making of Jaane Tu as well?
No, it’s not so. It’s just that I just expect my work should be done properly and on time. As a producer, I am trying to give the film the best possible release as I truly believe that it’s a very different film. It’s full of energy and youthfulness, as Abbas is just 30. But do you know, he was the oldest guy on the sets of the film? So, you can just imagine the energy that this film has.

The release of Jaane Tu is clashing with that of Love Story 2050. Both are the debut films for their respective lead actors, Imraan and Harman Baweja. So was the clash really necessary?
Harry is a very good friend, and we tried everything possible to shift the date of release but couldn’t do so. But I don’t think it really matters. There are so many movies coming up that it is almost impossible to find a date when you can release only your film. In the past, both Lagaan and Gadar were released on the same day and both films did well at the box office and went down well with audiences too. So it’s no big deal.

What do you feel about the music of the movie?
A.R. Rahman has done a fantastic job in this film. After a long time, he has given such wonderful youthful music. The song ‘Papu Cant Dance’ is a very humorous song and has a very good concept. If you ask me to name a favourite, then I would have to say that it is ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’. Rahman’s music and Abbas’ s lyrics: I would say the result has been rocking!

What was the feedback that you received after the special screening of Jaane Tu?
After the screening, everybody found a lot of similarities between me and Imraan. But I must say that Imraan is far better looking than me and will go a long way. But yes, he has a lot to learn still. I am always there with him, and will always support him as long as I can. But otherwise, he has to walk his own way.

What was your reaction when you were offered the role of a young collegian in ‘3 Idiots’?

When Raju Hirani came to me to offer me the role Rancho in ‘3 Idiots’, to tell you the truth, I was scared and petrified to take it up. I instantly told both Raju and Vidhu Vinod Chopra that it was a dangerous decision on their part to have thought of me to play the young college boy in the film, because I was not at all sure whether I would be able to pull off as a college boy.

How were you then convinced to take up the role?

Raju brainwashed me into saying yes to the offer because he felt that I was the real life Rancho in any way and I could bring out the truth in the way the character had been conceived.

Can you elucidate?

Raju told me that I could very successfully pull off as the character of the Assistant Police Commissioner for director John Mathew Matthan in ‘Sarfarosh’, though people were very skeptical about it. Raju also told me that I could pull off as a gaon ka chora in ‘Lagaan’ and shock every one. Raju goaded me to take up the challenge and rise up to the occasion in ‘3 Idiots’ too, like I had done the role of tapori in ‘Rangeela’ after having emerged as a romantic hero with ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. I had to work a lot physically, because the first and foremost condition laid down by Raju was that I should concentrate a lot on my looks to suit the role.

Is it true that just two days before the shooting started, you asked Raju to replace you with some other actor?

Yes. Just two days before the shooting was slated to begin, I even rang up Raju and told him that if only he wanted, he could change his decision and cast a younger actor in the role that he had marked for me, but he did not listen to me and just stuck to his gun.

How was the experience of acting in ‘3 Idiots’?

I would say that I have surprised myself a lot by challenging against the norms as far as I am concerned as an actor in ‘3 Idiots’, thanks to Raju Hirani. In real life, I do not do mimicry so well but Raju asked me to ape Boman Irani for the song ‘Zoobi Doobi’ by studying Boman’s body language. To what extent I have succeeded in mimicking him, you have to tell me after you watch ‘3 Idiots’.

How confident are you of your capability in ‘3 Idiots’?

I did the role of a sensitive professor in ‘Taare Zameen Par’. Then I played a killer in ‘Ghajini’ and now I am playing the role of a college student in ‘3 Idiots’. I hope that I have been able to pull it off too and end up having an encore.

How tough was it for you to market ‘3 Idiots’?

I am of the opinion that every film has its own requirement of marketing. The way I set out to market ‘Taare Zameen Par’ was entirely different from the way I marketed ‘Ghajini’. ‘3 Idiots’ required a different kind of strategy as far as its marketing was concerned.

How would you rate Kareena Kapoor as your co-actor?

Kareena is a wonderful actress. I would unhesitatingly even go to the extent of saying that she is not only very good to look at, but also warm and friendly and spontaneous and fun to work with. Though I had earlier worked with Karisma Kapoor in ‘Raja Hindustani’, I think after working with her in ‘3 Idiots’ I am a li’l pallier with Kareena. In fact, though I was busy with the promotional activities of my own film ‘3 Idiots’, I keenly looked forward to watch ‘Kurbaan’ because I wanted her and Saif to do well, both personally as well as professionally.

How did you achieve the feat of shedding your eight-pack abs for your role in ‘3 Idiots’ after having built your body for ‘Ghajini’?

When I do a film, I go by its requirement. In fact, I wondered how I could succeed in making a body with eight-pack abs like in ‘Ghajini’, in a span of just one year but I transformed myself, thanks to my will power. We have absolutely no idea of human brain. I feel that if you focus your energy at one point, you can succeed in doing whatever you want to do.

Your brother Hyder Ali Khan’s film ‘Trump Card’ is clashing with your film ‘3 Idiots’ on Christmas Day. What do you have to say?

Any one can claim that he is my brother, but the fact is that Faisal Khan is my only brother. I do not have any other brother.

3 IDIOTS have broken the box office records of GHAJINI. So now you have become your own competitor in a true sense…
You know, I don’t look at things like that. I don’t consider myself as a brand,02-Jan-10s but an artiste who works with stories that inspire me. To prepare for a role I have to get into the head of the character, be it an action-packed role in GHAJINI or a college student in 3 IDIOTS. I have not been to any acting school, so I go with my instinct.

Whatever you touch turns to gold. What’s the funda of your success?
The funda of success is – don’t think of success but excellence. If you think of success, you may face consequences which are often not nice.

How is it that you always get cream roles in the industry?
I love different stories and my profession is that of story-telling. As an actor this is my good luck that I got to play such good stories…that so very good writers approached me. The kind of reaction you are giving to 3 IDIOTS, I was equally moved, excited when I heard the script.

You have always experimented with your looks in all films. Which is your favourite look that you sported so far?
I think GHAJINI look was good…the short hair and scar. Also I like MANGAL PANDEY…big moustaches!

What are your next projects?
Next project is DHOBI GHAAT…shooting is completed; the post-production part is left. It will release in the second half of 2010. I am playing one of the four lead roles in the film. I won’t sign / take any acting project this year…as a producer I will release three of my films (DHOBI GHAAT, DELHI BELLY’ and PEEPLI LIVE) instead.

How is it being directed by your wife Kiran Rao in DHOBI GHAAT?
I enjoyed a lot working with Kiran. She is very clear as a director as to what she wants.

Are you working with Shah Rukh Khan in BOMBAY VELVET?
I don’t know who are working in BOMBAY VELVET because I am going through the script right now.

Any plans for directing films?
Right now I will take two months off to spend time with my family. After that I will start reading scripts that I can take up as an actor, producer or potential director. It depends on what come my way.

As a viewer, what kind of films you like watching?
I like any genre of film as a viewer as long as the script is good and the film is well-made; except horror. I am scared of horror films. And also I don’t like too much violence.

Then, why did you do GHAJINI?
I did GHAJINI, but I was not an audience at that time.

Are you a movie buff?
Actually I am a person who reads more than watching films. In general, my film viewing is much less than it ought to be. I should be watching more films as a person of cinema. I think my upbringing is such…in my childhood my parents didn’t use to allow me watch films; six months one film. And we had to take permission…romantic films not allowed. My parents didn’t allow me to watch BOBBY.

Do you have a dream role?
Actually I wanted to do characters of Mahabharata. But I feel it’s not right for an actor to choose favourite roles, but script.

Is it true that you make lots of changes in every script you work on?
No, this is totally a wrong info. I am a very difficult person…I don’t proceed until and unless I like the script. And if I like a script why should I change it? I liked it that’s why I chose it. And if I don’t like a script, I don’t do it at all; so what’s there to change?

You are also accused of ghost-directing films. What do you have to say about that?
Completely wrong accusation; I plead not guilty, because, very honestly, I am not interested in doing work for others. I choose my directors with a lot of care after I am totally sure that I want to work with that person. When I want to direct a film, I will direct my own; why should I ghost-direct for somebody?

Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan-who do you think is the No 1 in Bollywood?
Dilip Kumar is No 1 for me…I am his biggest fan. I am a huge fan of Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) too. I don’t believe in these numbers. I find these very childish. Each actor is unique. Also there is nothing called big film or small film. What will you call TAARE ZAMEEN PAR – big or small?

Diya Mirza

Nickname: Dee
Date of Birth: 9 December 1981,Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5’6″ or 1.68 m
Weight: 52 Kgs
City:
Country: India
Mother: Bengali
Father: German
Siblings:
Children: none
Marital status: single
Spouse: none
Former Boyfriend: Bunty Sachdev
Education:
Likes: chocolates and children
Favorite Perfume: Baby Doll by Ralph Lauren
Favorite food: Hyderabadi Biryani and Italian Pasta
Favorite color:
Favourite films: Forest Gump and Schlinder’s List
Favourite Car: The Beetle
Her hero: Prince William and Tom Cruise
Her heroine:
Other facts:
Hobbies:
Occupation: bollywood actress
Debut Film: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Languages: hindi, english, urdu, bengali and telugu

FILMOGRAPHY:

Fight Club
Kabhi Bhi Kahin Bhi
Dus
Parineeta
Naam Gum Jaayega
My Brother Nikhil
Blackmail
Tumsa Nahin Dekha
Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na
Tehzeeb
Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye
Dum
Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge
Deewaanapan
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

Mini Biography

Dia was born in December 9, 1981 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her dad’s name was Frank Handrich, a German National, and an Interior Designer by profession, and her mom, Deepa, is Bengali-speaking. Deepa and Frank separated when Dia was 6, and Frank passed away three years later. Deepa then married Ahmed Mirza. The family lived in Khairatabad near Hyderabad and she completed her schooling in Vidyaranya High School and in Nasr School. Her step-father passed away during 2004.

She was introverted and unhappy as a child, and it was her parents, especially her mom, who instilled self-confidence and assisted her to break free from the barriers of low self-esteem.

At the age of 16, after completing her 10th standard, she got a job with Sriven Multi-Tech in Hyderabad. This job paved her way to modeling assignments with Lipton, Emami amongst others. With this exposure she was encouraged to participate in the 2000 Femina Miss India Beauty Pageant, which she did, came up the second runner-up and won three titles namely Femina Miss India-Pacific, Sony Viewer’s Choice Award, and Miss Beautiful Smile. She went on to be crowned Miss Asia-Pacific on December 2, 2000 at Manila, making her the second Indian to win this award after a gap of 29 years.

Dia wanted to complete her graduation in Arts by correspondence, but decided to postpone it as it was becoming difficult to juggle between the Miss Asia Pacific Competition, modeling assignments, traveling and training. She was assisted by Sabira Merchant on diction and etiquette; diet with Anjali Mukherjee; gymnasium and physical fitness with Talwalkars; clothes from Ritu Kumar and Hemant Trivedi; skin care with Dr. Jamuna Pai; and make-up and hair-care from Bharat and Doris Godambe.

Dia made her debut on the tinsel screen with ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ during 2001, and thus was able to launch her career as an actress.

Trade Mark

Her beautiful smile

Trivia

Won the Miss Asia-Pacific contest in 2000 and is considered one of the most beautiful actresses in Indian cinema.

Born to a German father and a Bengali mother

Titles: Miss Beautiful Smile, The Sony Viewers Choice Award.

Her interests other than acting are reading, writing, and music.

Indian Supermodel.

Personal Quotes

“I have learned a lot in the film industry. There was a time when I told my mother let’s go. I did not want to continue to act. It was getting frustrating. I realized that the minute your film flops those producers who are keen to sign you make an excuse and back out at the last minute. You are dropped from the film. Sometimes the film is announced in a lavish way but does not take off. I got tired of all this and thought of seriously giving up my career once and for all. But then I realized that things were not so bad for me after all. Filmmakers respected me! Few have shown genuine interest to cast me in their films. And that is what has kept me going.”

About actor Salman Khan: “Once my mother fell unconscious. I called Salman since he stays close to my house. It was with his help that I was able to rush my mother to the hospital. The doctor later told us that had we not to got my mother admitted within those 15 minutes, she would have had very little chance of survival. I’m eternally grateful to Salman and will stand by him no matter what.”

What did you think when director Reema Kagti and Farhan Akhtar narrated the script of Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.?
You know after Parineeta, I wondered if I would get to do some new and interesting cinema again. Then came Reema with this stunningly refreshing script in hand which was so different from the star-studded extravaganza I am usually offered. Reema had taken these six honeymooning couples on a package tour and put all their stories together in a mesmerizing narrative which was not larger than life to make it look foolish, yet not so close to real life to make it boring. It was just what the actor in me was looking for!

How did the idea of there being more than 12 actors in the film, including Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen appeal to you?
The film was not about heroes and villains, about the good guys and the bad, but about a whole bunch of newly married people with stories woven around each couple’s love and relationship. The script was so path-breaking that I did not take me a minute to say yes. I have already done my share of main leads, am not an insecure actor to be intimidated by the presence of my co-stars.

What’s your take on your character in the film, Shilpa Shah the newly-wed Gujarati girl?
I have played a variety of characters in my films, but what made Shilpa’s character so endearing to me was that it was so real to life. While Reema had gone into the details of the characterization of the guju girl who loved her Hindi cinema and bhel puri, designer Arjun Basin had designed the clothes exactly what a lower middle class Gujarati girl from Mumbai would wear. And the twist is that unlike the very docile girls from this community who are brought up thinking that husbands should be treated like God, she hates her husband!

What was your rapport with Ranvir Shorey who plays your husband in the film?
On reel he does the most despicable things for me to hate him, but off screen Ranvir is a riot! He made everyone laugh with his miming and jokes.

What about the other cast of “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd”?
It could not been more perfect! Each character is strongly etched and will draw the audience attention. But my favorite track is that of Kay Kay and Raima Sen who play a Bengali couple from Kolkata. Theirs is an interestingly shaded plot with layers of emotion, and both the actors have taken it to a new level by their amazing performances.

Which was the most perfect couple of the lot?
Abhay Deol and Minissha Lamba who plays a Parsi couple is picture perfect.
They are childhood sweethearts and the made-for-each- other types. But on the sets they were the most tormented! To put across their compatibility, they had to be shown perfectly in tune with each other whether it was the way they swam together or the way they ate. We would all go hysterical when Reema would throw them back into the pool again and again to synchronize their swimming!

What is Reema’s forte as a director?
Oh, she is a master craftsman. She knows exactly what she wants and like any male director she holds the reins and no one can force her to do anything she does not want to. Even if the idea came from a veteran like Shabana Azmi or Boman Irani she would brush it aside curtly if she did not like it. The only time we felt she is a woman was when she would get hysterical and start yelling to get the attention of all the12 actors!

What are your expectations from “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd”?
Very high! Not only has the film taken me to a new level as an actress, it is sure to redefine Bollywood and take Indian cinema to a new future.
Honeymoon Travels will break the boring monotony of our films, and make us proud!

Do your future plans include a honeymoon?
Noooo, but they do include films like Bits And Pieces with Rahul Bose, Sanjay Gupta’s Alibagh and Shootout at Lokhandwala!

Dia Mirza is keeping her fingers crossed for her film ACID FACTORY slated for October 9th release. During her breezy visit in Kolkata, she tells our correspondent that Bollywood is not easy to handle.

We heard you have literally put heart into ACID FACTORY…
In fact, why only heart? I put my heart, head, eyes, muscles…everything…in short, I put my entire being into ACID FACTORY. This film is really important for me.

Why? Just for the sake of box office?
Yes; but not only box office. For the first time I have tried to break away from my image of an all-virtuous Bollywood heroine and experimented with greyer shades.

“Everyone thinks I am too sweet to bitch…”

Don’t you think it’s a risk too early in your career?
I don’t think so. Bollywood is not easy to handle whether you are in the beginning or the middle of your career. As long as you can deliver the best, you are there. And to be there, you have to take risks of experimenting with different genres. As it is, a blue-blood actor must be able to handle all types of roles with equal expertise…be it a romantic one, or dancing around trees or playing a terrorist.

You worked really hard on your physique for ACID FACTORY…
Know what, I was not an original choice for this film. Producer-writer Sanjay Gupta always perceived me as someone who is all sweetness; in fact, everyone thinks I am too sweet to bitch or to play a bitch. So Sanjay was a bit unsure about casting me in the film, especially because it is one woman versus six men…she has to be strong and at par with the men. But I went mad for this role and worked out like crazy on my physique and looks, at the same time setting my mindset for this character. And finally, he was convinced. In fact, he was a little taken aback when he saw the change in the ‘sweet and angelic’ Dia (laughs).

You have done the stunts in the film yourself?
Yes. I didn’t take a body double. I did all the stunts myself. They were not easy; at times, really painful. But at the end of the day, I felt the six months of rigorous training and the entire struggle is worth enough.

Tell us about your hot look in the film.
Oh! For the first time in the 27 years of my life, I coloured my hair. I had to get a feminine yet toned body. The look is completely westernized. There are news that I have worn skimpiest outfits in the film. But this is not right. I haven’t shown my skin but strength in this film. But, honestly speaking, I fell in love with my outfits in the film, especially a red gown. Not only my look, but all the actors have been styled up so differently that they add a new edge to the film. We recently walked the ramp in Kolkata at a fashion show arranged in our ACID FACTORY outfits and the public response was terrific.

How was to be the Queen Bee among six men?
Queen Bee? Really! (Giggles) We were a pack of different people. While Dino (Morea) is a complete fun-pack, Aftab (Shivdasani) is a bit reserved. Danny Sir is an institution and I learnt a lot from him on the sets. Irrfan (Khan), Manoj (Bajpai) and Fardeen (Khan) and I jelled like buddies during the making of the film.

Lata Mangeshkar interview

Date of Birth

28 September 1929, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Nickname

The Nightingale of Bollywood

Mini Biography

Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore on September 8, 1929, and became, quite simply, the most popular playback singer in Bollywood’s history. She has sung for over 50 years for actresses from Nargis to Preity Zinta, as well as having recorded albums of all kinds (ghazals, pop, etc). Until the 1991 edition, when her entry disappeared, the Guinness Book of World Records listed her as the most-recorded artist in the world with not less than 30,000 solo, duet,and chorus-backed songs recorded in 20 Indian languages between 1948 and 1987. Today that number might have reached 40,000!

She was born the daughter of Dinanath Mangeshkar, the owner of a theater company and a reputed classical singer in his own right. He started giving Lata singing lessons from the age of five, and she also studied with renowned singers Aman Ali Khan Sahib and Amanat Khan. Even at a young age she displayed a God-given musical gift and could master vocal exercises the first time.

Ironically, for someone of her stature, she made her entry into Bollywood at the wrong time – around the 1940s, when bass singers with heavily nasal voices, such as Noor Jehan and Shamshad Begum were in style. She was rejected from many projects because it was believed that her voice was too high-pitched and thin. The circumstances of her entry into the industry were no less inauspicious – her father died in 1942, the responsibility of earning income to support her family fell upon her, and between 1942 and 1948 she acted in as many as eight films in Hindi and Marathi to take care of economic hardships. She made her debut as a playback singer in the Marathi film Kiti Hasaal (1942) but, ironically, the song was edited out!

However, in 1948, she got her big break with Ghulam Haider in the film Majboor (1948), and 1949 saw the release of four of her films: Mahal (1949), Dulari (1949), Barsaat (1949), and Andaz (1949); all four of them became runaway hits, with their songs reaching to heights of what was until then unseen popularity. Her unusually high-pitched singing rendered the trend of heavily nasal voices of the day totally obsolete and, within a year, she had changed the face of playback singing forever. The only two lower-pitched singers to survive her treble onslaught to a certain extent were Geeta Dutt and Shamshad Begum.

Her singing style was initially reminiscent of Noor Jehan, but she soon overcame that and evolved her own distinctive style. Her sister, Asha Bhosle, too, came up in the late 1950s and the two of them were the queens of Indian playback singing right through to the 1990s. Her voice had a special versatile quality, which meant that finally music composers could stretch their creative experiments to the fullest. Although all her songs were immediate hits under any composer, it was the composers C. Ramchandra and Madan Mohan who made her sound her sweetest and challenged her voice like no other music director.

The 1960s and 1970s saw her go from strength to strength, even as there were accusations that she was monopolizing the playback-singing industry. However, in the 1980s, she cut down her workload to concentrate on her shows abroad. Today, Lata sings infrequently despite a sudden resurgence in her popularity, but even today some of Hindi Cinema’s biggest hits, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and Veer-Zaara (2004) feature her legendary voice.

No matter which female playback singer breaks through in any generation, she cannot replace the timeless voice of Lata Mangeshkar. She is an icon beyond icons….

Trivia

Sister of Asha Bhosle

Daughter of Dinanath Mangeshkar

A legendary playback singer in Indian movies, she has recorded over 30,000 songs in 14 Indian languages, making her the most recorded voice in history.

Was awarded the Bharatha Rathna, the highest civilian honor by the Government of India.

Mentioned in the song “Brimful of Asha” by Cornershop. (The title refers to her sister, Asha Bhosle, who is also mentioned in the song.).

Personal Quotes

About singing for Veer-Zaara (2004): “Madan Mohan was like my brother. Yashji’s like my brother. I felt I had gone back in time.”

About her love of diamonds: “I’ve been fond of diamonds from childhood. As a child, my father used to design jewelry. But we couldn’t afford them. He had a keen eye for jewelry and was fond of wearing precious stones. We kids were equally fascinated by jewels. But until I became a professional playback singer, I refused to wear jewelry. I had decided I’d wear only diamonds.”

About the number of her songs being remixed in music videos: “I don’t like it. I don’t like remix albums as a concept. On top of that, these girls dancing in itsy-bitsy clothes suggestively! From childhood we’ve been told that a woman’s dignity is in the way she conducts herself in public. The less you reveal, the more attractive you appear. I must say that the songs that I considered vulgar in those days seem like bhajans [devotional music] compared with what’s being sung these days! Yes, I’ve sung naughty songs, but “Kaanta Lagaa,” for instance, had another context when I sang it. I feel sorry for the girl who was seen in the music video of “Kaanta Lagaa.” I’ve heard she’s from a decent family. Why wasn’t she stopped by her family? Ambition? If she did it with their consent, then God help them. I struggled hard to get where I am – that’s why I am still here.”

About music composition: “It doesn’t suit me. Although I’ve done it in the past, now I don’t feel like it. I don’t think I’ve the patience.”

About the December 2004 tsunami: “This sort of calamity shakes our faith in every law of nature. Little children, women, and entire families have perished. We must help…yes we must.”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who had refused to sing “Mujhe buddha mil gaya” for Raj Kapoor’s “Sangam” as she considered it vulgar, laments the lack of originality in new singers.

“The upcoming girls and boys who dance to vulgar tunes and words and sing them, what is their identity?” asked Lata in an interview with IANS here.

Lata, who was two years old when sound came to Indian cinema and just 12 when she began singing for movies, asked: “If people are looking for genuine talent, why are they singing our songs and compositions? Don’t they have anything new to offer?”

To the usual reasoning of “public demand”, she retorted: “If they are giving what the public wants, why aren’t their songs lasting for more than two months? Don’t blame the public for your trash creativity.”

Born as Hema Hardikar, Lata, now 77, has been the unbroken string spanning several decades of Bollywood music and continues to lend her voice to actresses young enough to be her great-granddaughters.

“Even as children, our interest was never much in film music. We were more into classical and folk music. It was purely because we had to earn a living that I opted for film singing,” Lata said in the interview that ran for over 20 minutes.

“My family was already into moviemaking. So film singing became a natural and obvious choice for a career.”

Indeed, the phenomenon of Lata Mangeshkar is purely happy fate.

Destiny may have led this nightingale elsewhere if her father Dinanath Mangeshkar had not died when she was just 13, or if she was not the eldest in the family, who took it upon herself to earn the daily bread.

Interestingly, according to Lata, her father forbade the listening to or singing of film songs, except those of K.L. Saigal.

Lata’s voice first created a stir when she won the Khazanchi Trophy in 1941 in Pune for singing composer Ghulam Haider’s songs originally sung by Noorjehan.

“In those days, Saigal sahab’s voice used to turn our knees to jelly,” Lata reminisced. “Of course, there were so many other artistes, including great ones like K.C. Dey (uncle of legendary singer Manna Dey), Zohrabai and Noorjehan.”

“Badi Maa” (1945) saw Lata and her sister Asha Bhosle acting alongside Noorjehan, with Lata singing for both – herself and Asha – in it.

“That was a time when I also used to act in movies – again only to earn a living. It was only after the end of the 1940s that I took up singing fulltime,” a nostalgic Lata reminisced.

Her first film song was for the Marathi movie “Kiti Hasaal” (1942). In Hindi it was for “Aap Ki Seva Mein” (1947) in which she sang compositions by Datta Davjekar.

However, her first impact came with “Majboor” (1948) in which she sang her first duet with Mukesh – “Ab darne ki kya baat”, which had a faint resemblance to “Tu cheez badi hai mast mast” (Mohra, 1994).

Legend has it that Ghulam Haider locked horns with his employer Filmistan after a song recorded in Lata’s voice for “Shaheed” (1948) was deleted and worked with a vengeance on “Majboor” for Bombay Talkies.

However, Lata made Bollywood music history by haunting Indian audiences with her “Ayega anewala” composed by Khemchand Prakash for Kamal Amrohi’s “Mahal” (1949).

Ironically the film’s credits named the singer as “Kamini”, the character played by the ethereal Madhubala who sings the song, Lata wiped out any competition overnight after “Mahal”.

After reigning supreme for more than five decades and being honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 2001, Lata has slowed down but keeps tabs on contemporary quality.

Expressing irritation with the current crop of film songs and composers, she said: “Earlier even if the film was a bad one, the film’s music used to see to it that it was a hit.

“Even people used to like variety in emotions – sad, romantic, comedy, patriotic. Show me one example of even one good sad song in recent times.”

How do you define the journey?
I feel God has sent me to earth to sing. I started singing when I was five, but I don’t think I’ve worked as hard as many other people.

Why do you say you that?
After 1947 when I started playback singing, the work never stopped. Before that it wasn’t easy. I used to travel by train from Grant Road to Malad and then save money by walking instead of taking a tonga to the recording studios. I thereby saved 50 paise to Re 1 which I used to buy vegetables for my family. I was the sole bread-earner after our father passed away.

That must have been really tough on an adolescent girl.
I missed out on my childhood. I had to work hard, but I was immediately given a place in playback. One of the earliest composers to support me was Master Ghulam Haider. When he was told that my voice wouldn’t suit the heroine in a Dilip Kumar saab starrer Shaheed, he gave me songs in Majboor. Then other composers like Anil Biswasji, Khemchand Prakashji and Naushad saab came forward to sign me. From 1947 onwards there was no looking back.

There has never been a rough patch in your 65-year-long career?
I’m blessed. Nowadays I’ve almost stopped singing film songs but I enjoy singing and I continue to do the work I’m comfortable with like the recent Hamuman Chalisa and my forthcoming project with my brother. When I look back I see nothing I’d like to change.

What about your infamous rift with Mohd Rafi?
I’ll tell you what happened. We had a Musicians’ Association in the 1960s . Mukesh bhaiyya, Talaj Mehmood saab had started a campaign for artistes to get royalty so that they would have a comfortable old age. Main to leti thi royalty but I also wanted other artistes to get it. Rafi saab was instigated into opposing my campaign. In a meeting among musicians he said, ‘We get money for what we sing from producers and that’s the end of what we get.’ When he was asked his opinion Rafi saab turned to Mukesh bhaiyya and said, ‘I guess this Maharani here will say whatever has to be said.’

He meant you?

Yes. I said, ‘Of course I am a Maharani. But why are you calling me that?’ He said in front of everyone at the meeting that he won’t sing with me. I turned around and said, ‘Yeh kasht aap kyon kar rahe hain? Main hi nahin gaaongi aapke saath.’ I stormed out of the meeting and called up every music director to inform them that I would thereafter not sing with Rafi saab. We didn’t sing together for almost three years.

What about the alleged differences between you and your sister Asha Bhosle?

We’re sisters. The fights were because of her husband who was against me.

Composers gave all the heroines’ songs to you and all the supporting actresses’ songs to Ashaji …
Not always. What about so many films where only Asha sang all the songs? In fact OP Nayyarji worked only with her. Even some of Burman dada’s scores had only Asha’s vocals.

That’s because you and SD Burman had a fight.

I didn’t sing for him for 14 years. Someone had caused mischief. Burman dada said, “I won’t have Lata sing my songs.’ I said, ‘I won’t sing for you.’ Asha sang all the songs for Burman dada during that period, even for Waheeda Rehman who insisted on me singing for her. Then one day out of the blue, Burman dada phoned me and said he wanted me to sing Mora gora rang lai le and Jogi jab se aaya tu aaya mere dware in Bandini. It was his son RD who brought us together. I remember Burman dada specifically told me that Mora gora rang was written by a promising new poet, Gulzar.

Who was your favourite composer?
I liked singing for Salilda (Salil Chowdhury) because his compositions were very challenging. I also loved singing for Sajjad Husain saab, then definitely SD Burman dada and RD. But in my opinion the biggest achievement was by Shankar-Jaikishan. With Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat they changed the way we looked at playback singing.

At one time you were accused of indulging in a melodious monopoly?
Once I was even asked if I tampered with the equipment during other singers’ recordings. Bataiye main kyon aisa karun? I never bothered with what other singers were doing. When Runa Laila came to India for the first time, I went to her first recording and everybody said I was just indulging in dikhawa, that in fact I had gone to see how she sang. Runa Laila met me with lots of affection. Later she too was poisoned against me. Even some male singers accused me of trying to stop them from singing.

Which heroines did you enjoy singing for?
Nargis, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nutan. I’d modulate my voice according to their personality.

Among today’s actresses for whom do you enjoy singing for?

I like Rani Mukerji and Kajol but I miss the camaraderie that I shared with the earlier heroines. I miss that mahaul. I really miss Kishore Kumar, also Rafi saab, Mukesh bhaiyya, Shankar-Jaikishan and Madan bhaiyya who fought with me when I couldn’t be with him for raksha bandhan. That sense of apnapan is gone.

Any unfulfilled dreams?
I wish I had given more time to learning classical singing. Lekin jo hua woh bahut hi achcha hua. What I want is that future generations of Mangeshkars keep my father’s legacy alive. My niece Radha and nephew Baijanth are singing well. I wish they make a name for themselves.

Do you miss having your own children ?

Not at all. My siblings’ children are mine.

SHAH RUKH KHAN Interview

First Name:
Shah Rukh
Last Name:
Khan
Called:
The King Khan, Baadshah of Bollywood

Day of Birth:
2nd of November, 1965
Place of Birth:
Talwar Nursing Home (Rajinder Nagar) New Delhi-India

Shah Rukh was born with the umbilical cord entangled around his neck. A nurse said that it was by the blessings of Hanuman and that he would be a very lucky child.

Mother:
Fatima Begum
(a social worker and a first class magistrate, who died of complications from diabetes in 1991)
Father:
Mir Taj Mohammed
(a lawyer and a freedom fighter, who died of cancer in 1981)
Siblings:
one sister named Shehnaz fondly called Lala Rukh

Zodiac Sign:
scorpio

Religion:
Moslem

Height:
5’9” (around 1,75 m)
Weight:
around 75 kg

Eyes:
magic brown
Hair Color:
shiney black

Education:
High School: St. Columbia High School In New Delhi.
College: Graduated from Hansraj College, & then Masters in Mass Communication from Jamiya Miliya Islamiya, New Delhi

Qualifications and Achievements:

  • Masters; A Brilliant Student
  • Sword of Honour to the most outstanding student
  • The Ravi Subramani award
  • The Sujit Memorial award
  • He captained all teams in football, hockey, and cricket
  • He was also good in dramatics
  • He was a king in Hindi, Electronics, Biology
  • Occupation:
    actor, producer
    If not an Actor:
    In the arm force or a school teacher.
    Start his Career:
    in a TV serial called “Fauji”
    Film Debut:
    Deewana (2002)

    Hobbies & Interests:
    his family, his work, playing computer games

    Martial Status:
    Married, since October 25, 1991 with Gauri Chibber / Khan
    (born 8th of October 1970)
    Children:
    son Aryan (born on the 13th of November, 1997)
    daughter Suhana (born on 22nd of May 2000)

    Shah Rukh Khan is ready with the much awaited MY NAME IS KHAN. The Bollywood Badshah breezed in Kolkata for the grand finale of ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’, a quiz show hosted by Sourav Ganguly. Our correspondent catches up with the actor on his friendship with Dada and his new film where he is paired opposite Kajol after several years.

    What was the first thing that came to your mind when you saw Sourav as a quizmaster?
    It was really a pleasant surprise. I have seen him play cricket, discuss cricket…this is completely a new avatar of Dada (Sourav Ganguly). But I must say, he is really good at it. As I said on stage-Dadako pakadna mushkil hi nehin, na mumkin hai. (Smiles)

    ‘ I held back SRK to step into Rizwan’s shoes…’

    What brings you to the finale of ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’? Friendship with Sourav?
    Sourav and my friendship now go beyond Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Indian Premier League (IPL). To me, he is one of the best cricketers in India. I can never say ‘no’ to him.

    Is this a kind of ‘favour returning’ gesture…since Sourav has earlier judged your cheerleader hunt ‘Knights & Angels’?
    I never thought about it in this way…really. And as far as ‘Knights & Angels’ go, Sourav was not getting cheerleaders for Shahrukh, but for the entire KKR team.

    You have got Sourav back as KKR captain for IPL 3…

    I told you…he is the best (in cricket).

    KKR started with much energy, but failed to win the first two seasons of IPL. Do you expect to win this time?
    I won’t comment on that. But if KKR wins this time, I will come and dance for all of you in Kolkata.

    You are back in a Karan Johar film again?
    Yes…I am inseparable from Karan’s films (smiles). On a more serious note, MY NAME IS KHAN is a passion project; somehow I wanted to be part of this important film personally and as a production house.

    Your company Red Chillies has tied up with Fox for MY NAME IS KHAN. So with the help of Fox, are you trying to push your film to the Oscars?
    I have just written to the Oscar people that they should have given me an award 10 years back; now I am losing interest. Jokes apart, our association with Fox is not award-based. But we believe Fox is one of the few people in the world, who can perhaps take our film to the roads of getting awards and recognition, if it is good enough.

    For the first time you are playing a person with Asperger syndrome. How much effort Shah Rukh had to put to play the character?
    Rizwan Khan is a special character-because he has a definite beginning and ending, and a bit of realism. He is a person with Asperger. While studying the character, I really had to hold Shah Rukh Khan back. I put together all my years of acting skills, before I could step into Rizwan’s shoes.

    Already quite a few films have been made on terrorism. How different is your film from the lot?
    Karan wrote the story three years back. At that time I felt it was quite an advanced one. This is not a film on terrorism, but on relationships; as are all Karan Johar films. First it’s the relationship between two persons, then among many people, then, relationships within a basti, within a city and finally, within the world. Within those relationships, we put aspects of western culture, Islam and Asperger syndrome.

    Now-a-days controversies are used as a publicity tool for a film. What do you think?
    We (Karan and I) have never tried to create euphoria about the film with the help of controversies….no, never. But sometimes there are mistakes; sometimes it’s not a mistake, but an issue. Even for MY NAME IS KHAN, everyone of us-right from the producers, directors, actors, to lightman, cameraman, spot boys-has been really careful not to show any bias to any community or hurt people’s sentiments while dealing with Asperger. Even then, if there are reasons for controversies, then please help us out.

    You are working with Kajol after a long time…
    Yeah! Karan and I discussed at least a thousand times, how my pairing with Kajol will be…if it will be another DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE or KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI. But in this film, Karan has not shot any romantic songs in Egypt or Switzerland with us. There is romance…but the treatment is not the same.

    The title of the film-MY NAME IS KHAN-is being seen as a Shah Rukh Khan statement…
    My name is unimportant. But my work is much more important than my name.


    Prashant Narayanan interview

    Prashant Narayanan (Devangar) is an Indian actor, known for his roles in films like Chhal, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, Shadows of Time, Bombil and Beatrice and Via Darjeeling.

    Early life

    Born in Kerala, Narayanan grew up in Delhi. He was the state badminton champion and studied at the Kirori Mal College of Delhi University. There, he joined a theater group called Act 1, which included talented actors like Ashish Vidyarthi, Manoj Bajpai, Gajraj Rao and Girish Mishra.

    Career

    In 1991, Narayanan shifted to Mumbai with plans to start an ad agency. He started assisting in art direction for films like Govind Nihalani’s Rukmavati Ki Haveli, Subhash Ghai’s Saudagar and Shyam Benegal’s Sardari Begum. He also worked as a costume director in the TV series Chanakya. He started acting for theatres again, and soon landed up with several television shows like Parivartan, Farz, Gatha, Kabhi Kabhie, Jaane Kaha Jigar Gaya Ji and Shagun

    Narayanan got his first role in 2002 in Hansal Mehta’s Chhal as a hitman working in the Mumbai underworld. Though the film got mixed reviews from the critics, he was highly appraised for his portrayal of a hot-tempered, fun-loving goon.His next film was debutante director Shashanka Ghosh’s Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. Although Narayanan’s role in the film was similar to that in Chhal, the actor was once again appreciated by the critics widely for his acting as a hitman who is in a dilemma whether to be loyal towards his boss or his copywriter friend who saved his life.

    In 2003, Narayanan was offered the lead role in Academy Award winning German director Florian Gallenberger’s film Shadows of Time.The film was a love story of a couple, Ravi and Masha, and their life, spread over 60 years.Narayanan portrayed Ravi in his youth and adulthood, ranging from the age of 18 to 45.Shadows of Time was challenging for him, as the film set in Calcutta, was to be in Bengali language. Narayanan, being a malayalee, had to take lessons in Bengali to convincingly portray the role.

    In 2009, he played the most notable and important role of estranged husband Kanji Waghela Bandini (TV series) aired on NDTV Imagine. Currently shooting Peter Gaya Kaam Se playing the main villian Carlos staring Rajeev Khandelwal and Lekha Washington

    Filmography

    • Dil Darbadar (2010)..Chhote
    • Rasgulla…(2010)..Prem Chopra
    • Bhendi Bazaar Inc..(2010).. Fateh
    • Peter Gaya Kaam Se (2010)…Carlos
    • Mr. Singh Mrs.Mehta (2010).. Ashwin Mehta
    • Bandini (TV series) (2009)…Kanji Waghela
    • Rang Rasiya (2009)
    • The White Elephant (2009)…Shabri
    • The Good Friday (2009) … Bunty
    • Via Darjeeling (2008) … Kaushik Chatterjee
    • Bombil and Beatrice (2007) … Bombil
    • Instant Karma (2005) … Mo
    • Shadows of Time (2004) … Ravi Gupta
    • Mudda: The Issue (2003) … Pratap Singh
    • Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003) … Viishnu
    • Chhal (2003) … Girish

    Prashant Narayanan may not have been a commercially successful actor, but his performances in films like CHHAL, WAISA BHI HOTA HAI PART II and SHADOWS OF TIME, have been much-appreciated. The actor is now looking forward to the release of his new film MR SINGH MRS MEHTA. Excerpts

    From being a badminton champ to an actor in Mumbai. How has been the journey?
    I was born in Kerala, but grew up in Delhi. I was the state badminton champion and studied at the Kirori Mal College of Delhi University. While in Delhi I was also part of a theatre group Act 1. In 1991, I shifted to Mumbai; was always passionate about acting and very particular about the kind of roles I wanted to play. I started off by assisting art director Samir Chanda. I worked on films like Govind Nihalani’s RUKMAVATI KI HAVELI, Subhash Ghai’s SAUDAGAR and Shyam Benegal’s SaRDARI BEGUM. I also worked as a costume director in the TV series Chanakya. In-between I delved into acting on television and worked in serials like Parivartan, Farz, Gatha, Kabhi Kabhie, Jaane Kaha Jigar Gaya Ji and Shagun. I got his first break in films in 2002 in Hansal Mehta’s CHHAL.

    Tells us about your new film MR SINGH MRS MEHTA.
    MR SINGH MRS MEHTA is the story of Ashwin Mehta and Neera Singh who

    “Affair with married man is cool…”

    find that their spouses are having an affair. Drawn together by shame and anger, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates.

    How do you view this whole issue of extramarital affairs which have become now so common in the modern society?
    Extramarital affairs are like accidents that you keep reading in the newspapers. You only get a jolt when it actually happens to you. A lot of people are of the opinion that just because they are married does not mean they are dead. A lot of people think that if you have a married woman you love, you are really safe…A lot of people think that having an affair with a married man is cool… A lot of people think a whole lot of things… MR SINGH MRS MEHTA is for all of them.

    What is you role in the film MR SINGH MRS MEHTA?
    I play the role of Ashwin Mehta. He is a talented painter still waiting for the world to discover him. His wife however has full faith that one day he will be a very rich and famous painter. While he is confident as a painter, in his personal life Ashwin is unable to stand up for himself. He is too much in love with his wife to confront her when he discovers she is having an affair. He knows if he confronts her, she will confess to the affair and he will not be able to live with it. Ashwin is a pretty traumatic character and full of complexes too.

    What made you pick this role?
    I was on a lookout to act in an independent film that upped the ante and raised bars when it comes to independent cinema in India. I read the script of MR SINGH MRS MEHTA while I was in London shooting for a film. What attracted me to the script was Pravesh’s no nonsense look at the problem of extramarital affairs. It’s a bold film, not just in terms of the sheer physicality of it but also because Pravesh has dared to raise some uncomfortable questions, in his very film, where people tend to play safe. Pravesh wanted to shoot the film immediately and I was already committed to do another film during that period. I cursed my luck, got drunk and wrote an ode on the cover of the script wishing Pravesh all the bloody luck for it. But as luck would have it, the film got delayed a little and I got to be part of it.

    It sounds like a pretty intense role.
    It is. Even slight over dramatization of Ashwin’s emotions would have made him an unreal character. As an actor I loved this challenge. Character of Ashwin is quite “passive” in popular sense of the world, his hidden intensity gave the character a depth that went beyond what was written in the script

    How did you go about preparing to play a painter?
    Playing a painter in the film came naturally to me. Samir Chanda, the art director was the man who got me down to Mumbai as his assistant. He himself is a fabulous artist and a great guy to look up to for aesthetics and I learnt a lot about it from him. Since then I have been very comfortable in handling paint and brush and so did not need to attend any work shop to get the nuisances right. Personally speaking I am a bad painter but if you need to paint walls and bigger things like that then I am your man.

    In the film you look very unlike a painter…
    I had long hair when I reached the shoot and Manu Kumaran the producer, thought that a painter with long hair is a very standard thought. I wanted to tell

    “Pravesh has dared
    to raise some uncomfortable questions with MR SINGH MRS MEHTA”

    him that I am an extraordinary actor, will pull off a different performance but then he was just too hell-bent upon seeing some of the locks fall on the floor. But then it really worked in bringing out the kind of character that I was expected to do.

    Tells us about your shooting experiences.
    Well, we were shooting in one of the most gorgeous locations in this world which is Wales. Just the fact that I was there for some 35 days was exhilarating. I was in the company of two gorgeous ladies – Aruna Shields and Lucy Hassan and Naved Aslam who is an old friend, and here I was shooting with Pravesh who has been a friend of mine since a really embarrassing period of time, and now we get to work together.

    We used to steal a lot of apples and mix it with salt and pepper and keeping chewing on it, they were so delicious and crunchy that I still miss them.

    Both your co-stars Aruna Shields and Lucy Hassan are Brit-Asian actors who don’t know Hindi. How was it like on the sets?
    It was strange to hear the kind of Hindi that Aruna and Lucy used to speak. They are British and hearing such sentimental lines in their accent was something that I was not prepared for. It took some time for me to adjust to that. But it was really heartening to see both Aruna and Lucy being so wonderfully patient and try to get nuisances of language that is alien to them. I don’t think I had ever seen Aruna without her earphones, trying to go through her lines, when we were not shooting.

    Mehul Kumar interview

    Date of Birth

    1 July 1949, Bombay, Maharashtra, India

    Mehul Kumar is back with a bang. The acclaimed filmmaker, who has given bollywood its flashes of brilliance through some his acclaimed films is donning the spotlight again.

    This time the filmmaker is back with the second installment of his earlier success KRANTIVEER.
    The best part is that with his new film, the veteran filmmaker will be launching his daughter Jahan Bloch into bollywood.

    We caught with the filmmaker to talk about his latest film, his daughter’s bollywood debut and much more.

    Our correspendent in a chit-chat with Mehul Kumar.

    How is this film different from your earlier film?
    My earlier film which was also titled KRANTIVEER and had some power packed performances was a different take on patriotism. I have not borrowed from that film while making the current one. Though, the context in which the story is based might overlap, but there is a lot of freshness in my new film. First of all it is more targeted to the youth of our times. That is one of the main

    “I didn’t want to carry the hangover of my earlier success with KRANTIVEER…”

    reasons why I decided to work with young actors this time.

    So, the soul of the film remains the same but it has its own freshness which is vastly different from my earlier KRANTIVEER.

    This film is also the launch pad of your daughter Jahan Bloch in bollywood. You have chosen to launch her sans any big star. How comfortable are you with this launch?
    I am a really satisfied father at this point of time. I think Jahan is lucky to make her debut with such a hard hitting film. I agree that we can’t boast of any big star cast in this film, but my way of looking at things is quite different.

    I think a film’s success is mainly based on its storyline and its engagement with the audiences. If the story is strong, the audiences will love it. You can see that sometimes the films with huge cast also fail to woo the audiences. I think KRANTIVEER will meet the audience’s expectations and my actors will get noticed for the immense hard work that they have put in this film.

    Tell me is making a sequel of a successful film a tough task?
    Well, it certainly is not a simple thing to do. A sequel is something which has to come up to the expectations of its earlier version and at the same time it has to be fresh. So, it’s a twin challenge.

    When I started writing my new film I had decided not to carry the hangover of my earlier success. It was not a simple thing to do. At the same time I had the huge pressure of coming up with a film that matches the success of my earlier film.

    So, in a way the challenge was always there. Moreover, the fact that I chose to do this film with newcomers made it necessary that the story be really powerful. Now, I have given my best and now I leave it to the audiences to decide.

    CHECK OUT: KRANTIVEER-THE REVOLUTION Movie Special

    How was it directing Jahan in the film? You are known for being strict on the sets, did you act as a director or a dad with her?
    Laughs. Well, the good thing about my star cast is that all of them are immensely talented. In fact I was really impressed by the dedication they showed on the sets.

    As far as directing Jahan is concerned, there was more of the director in me that she saw on the sets. But, I think that she has a great understanding of the finer nuances of acting and this fact is surely her strongest point.

    Lastly, give me two reasons why the audiences should come to watch KRANTIVEER again?
    Firstly, I think the very fact it is the second installment of the much liked film KRANTIVEER, the audiences should come to watch the new flavour of this popular film. The curiosity is best solved when you go and watch it and compare it.

    The second reason would the performances packed in by my young actors. You cannot miss the intensity of their acting talent. If you do, then you will surely be missing something good.

    Prachi Desai interview

    Date of Birth

    12 September 1988, Gujarat, India

    Prachi Desai is pretty gung ho these days. And why shouldn’t she be? After all, the third film of her career, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI (OUATIM) is all set to release soon. Catch her in conversation as she speaks about the film, her reason behind doing few films, and more.

    You started your career with Ekta Kapoor’s Telly soap ‘Kasam Se’. Now OUATIM is also being produced by Ekta Kapoor. Was it like homecoming for you?
    Everybody thinks that it must be like coming back home and reconnecting. Yes, that feeling was definitely there. But, at the same time, it was absolutely different experience because that team and this team are totally different. The film department is completely different from the TV department. This team (film) was alien to me. But doing this film had been one of my favourite experiences just like ROCK ON.

    Do you miss doing TV?
    The only thing that I don’t miss is the hectic part of it. I didn’t have any time for

    ‘I was quite comfortable with Emraan…’

    myself because of kind of schedules and the erratic timings we used to have. I miss the people with whom I had worked for so long. It’s been quite long (since I left TV). So there is nothing sad that I feel about. I could just remember it in a happier way.

    Your first film ROCK ON was in 2008, LIFE PARTNER released in 2009 and now OUATIM is releasing in 2010. Are you going the Aamir Khan way of doing one film in a year?
    Oh my God! You can’t put me in the same line, even subjectively in a sentence. ROCK ON was the best way in which I could have been launched. But after that it had to be something which I had not done before. Hence, I opted for LIFE PARTNER, which was a comedy. Now, it’s OUATIM, which is based in the 70s. In between, I did not want to rush and be around because I was offered a lot of films. I did not feel it was the right thing to do. The best way was to take it slow and easy. One film decides your fate so easily. I was scared of making mistakes. That’s why I took it slow. Now, that I am a part of it since the past two years, I know what I am doing. I am a lot more comfortable. I have understood the film world much better. I can take my decisions easily. Also, JOKER will be releasing before the end of the year. So, it won’t be one film at a time (laughs). People shouldn’t be watching me too much also.

    Do people still remember you as Bani from ‘Kasamh Se’?
    I don’t think so. In 2008, it was difficult. But now, with time, people have accepted me as a film actor. But there are still some people who remember me as Bani and I don’t feel bad about it. As long as they remember and like me, I am happy.

    How is OUATIM different form other gangster films?
    OUATIM is a retro thriller film with a lot of entertainment and romance. We have not had such a period film since a long time. We have had a lot of gangster films and films which are darker. But this one is different. Nobody has gone into so much detailing of the 70s. Everything has been chosen carefully-from the look to the dialogues. Even the locations are all real.

    The film is based on underworld dons. How significant is your role in it?
    It is extremely important. When you watch the film you will see that we (Kangana and I) are driving them to where they are leading. They have their own goals but we are the turning points in their lives.

    CHECK OUT: ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI Movie Special

    Are you similar to the characters that you play on screen?
    I am totally different from all the characters that I have played till now. For OUATIM, I just had a rough idea how it would be like. I wasn’t even narrated the entire film. Milan Luthria (director of OUATIM) wanted us to be extremely spontaneous. For this character, I was given the liberty to improvise. It really helped. I just fell in love with the character.

    How was your equation with Emraan Hashmi?
    Emraan is definitely one of my favourite co-stars now. For some reason, I felt very comfortable with him. I think because he has worked with so many new girls. It’s not only his looks but also his attitude. He speaks like the people in the 70′s and 80′s did. There are too many grey shades to his character in this film and he does it so convincingly.

    Do you have any scenes with Ajay Devgn? How was the experience working with him?
    Yes, fortunately I had a scene with Ajay. I’ve grown up watching Ajay’s films. He has an aura of his own. He is a very different person from the characters that he plays in films. As everyone knows, he is a complete prankster.

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