Moods of Masala! Mehndi! Masti! on Page 14 Interview withNandita Das on Page 11
August 1, 2008 2 REALTYCruise gets bulletproof Jennifer and John’s romanticcars for family weekend Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer continue to heatTom Cruise is so determined to keep wife Katie Holmes up their relationship, this time by flying off to Mex-and his three kids safe that he has had all his cars fit- ico over the weekend.ted with bulletproof glass, and got bombproof features in-stalled in them. On June 13, the couple head- ed for a little break at CasaAccording to showbizspy. be a lie, for as a source tells Porsche 911 Turbo,” the Aramara, the expansivecom, the actor has kitted In Touch Weekly magazine, source said. beachfront home of Girlsout all the vehicles he owns Cruise owns all kinds of “Of course he loves every Gone Wild mogul Joe Fran-with state of the art security cars.”Tom is a car nut. He minute behind the wheel, but cis, in Punta Mita, Mexico.to keep his beloved family has practical everyday cars, he’s not stupid and he’s not The couple was accompaniedsafe, reports the Daily Tele- classic collectibles and high- going to take any chances by a group of friends and to-graph. powered sports cars like the while he’s driving.” gether they spent the week-“It sounds likeTom has taken a end lounging on the house’spage out of one of beachfront patio, enjoyinghis action movies. their Mexican getaway. “JenA-list celebrities spent time laying out on theknow they can’t be loungers on the patio. Johntoo careful,” says was always around, standinga source. “Tom’s by her, making sure she wasvehicles look per- comfortable,” People quotedfectly normal, but an onlooker, as saying.in reality they aremore like armored Before departing for Mexi-trucks. He really, co, Aniston and Mayer werereally loves his also spotted discreetly hold-cars and he can ing hands while double dat-afford the best.” ing with Aniston’s best palTo say that the and former ‘Friends’ co-staractor must have Courteney Cox and her hub-spent a small for- by David Arquette.tune would not
August 1, 2008 NEWS 3Upset Kat planning todump SalmanRumours are rife that one of that after the incident Sal- self as he was playing thethe hottest couples in Bol- man and Katrina are not on host. ‘But certain things arelywood, Salman Khan and talking terms. not in anyone’s control and itKatrina Kaif, is heading for ‘Katrina is blaming Salman is destined to happen, ‘ Ka-splitsville. The final blow for the entire episode, ‘ said trina told a leading TV chan-to their relationship came in a common friend. nel in an interview.the form of the spat between Katrina opined that Salman A close friend of SalmanSalman and Shah Rukh should have restrained him- said: ‘He is good at heart. HeKhan on Katrina’s took initiative for thebirthday. party to please Ka-After splitting trina. But everythingfrom his former went wrong.’girlfriend Aish- Salman and Katrina’swarya Rai, Sal- relationship was al-man had finally ready going throughcashed in all a rough patch. Ka-his emotions on trina’s ambition is theKatrina, but he reason for Salman’sseems to have anguish. The Brit-lost her too as she ish-born actress hasis quite upset with long stopped takinghim. Industry his advice regardingsources said Ka- her professional life,trina is no mood which irked the actor.to forgive him Salman, who isfor his behaviour known for his hotwith Shah Rukh temper, had objec-on her birthday tions to Katrina’swhich attracted choice of films, hermuch media at- co stars and even thetention. outfits she wore forThe sources said some films.
August 1, 2008 4 INTERVIEWInterview with Aneez Bazmee, The Director Of ‘Singh Is Kinng’With a string of back-to-back to Australia on a mission. ‘No Entry’ and ‘Welcome’. end of the day, they work at curing permissions, com- pal Sharma and Sonu Sood.hits like ‘Deewangee’, ‘No How he gets there and be- ‘Singh Is Kinng’ is your the box-office, which means bating traffic and handling I am a writer first. When IEntry’ and ‘Welcome’, Aneez comes a king forms the rest third comedy. Are comedies that the audience is lap- the police. Also, actors are write roles, I give every-Bazmee is one of the most of the story. your forte? ping them up. Bollywood far more disciplined while one importance and makehighly paid and sought after What prompted you to repeat After ‘No Entry’ and ‘Wel- is about feel-good escapist shooting abroad and don’t sure that their characters aredirectors in Bollywood to- the Akshay-Katrina combi- come’, I know I am associ- cinema. Everyone wants to have a regular string of visi- properly fleshed out. Mallikaday. He comes together with nation in ‘Singh Is Kinng’? ated with making comedies, have a good laugh at the end tors and friends on the sets. (Sherawat) was worried thatAkshay Kumar and Katrina I narrated the script to Ak- but that’s not how I would of the day over popcorn and What was the objective of she appeared just two reelsKaif for the biggest release shay over the phone and he like to get typecast. My a drink. People who pay for shooting a video with Ak- before the interval in ‘Wel-of 2008 – ‘Singh Is Kinng’, agreed instantly. He loved films will start looking for- tickets should walk out with shay Kumar and Snoop come’, but ended up baggingreleasing on Thursday, 7th the concept. I had worked mulaic after a point. I wrote a smile on their face. ‘Singh Dogg on the title song of tremendous appreciation.August. A short tete-e-tete with Katrina (Kaif) in ‘Wel- some comedies for David Is Kinng’ is a complete fun ‘Singh Is Kinng’? We hear that Akshay chargeswith the happening film- come’ earlier and share a Dhawan but have also made film. We made one for ‘Welcome’ a huge salary. Is that true?maker: great comfort level with her. romantic films and thrillers Unlike other makers, you and now ‘Singh Is Kinng’ has He does but then his films‘Singh Is Kinng’ is the most Even my producer (Vipul like ‘Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha’ take time to make your one, as the end credits roll. work brilliantly and produc-awaited film of 2008. What’s Shah) has done ‘Namastey and ‘Deewangee’. After films? It’s a great marketing tool ers are willing to offer it toit about? London’ with her. She fit ‘Singh Is Kinng’ releases, I take my time to write and and adds to the excitement him. So why not?It’s about a kind-hearted the role to the tee anyway, I’m back to romance with execute a film. I admire those around the film. Also, I like Finally, any favourite scenesHappy Singh (Akshay), who so we were more than happy a pure love story tentatively who make films in quick my films to end on a happy in ‘Singh Is Kinng’?lives in a village in Punjab to have her back. If that isn’t called ‘It’s My Life’ starring succession. ‘Singh Is Kinng’ note. In any case, this music (Laughs) That’s a bad ques-and wants to help people. enough, the audience loves Harman Baweja and Genelia happened quickly because video is no ordinary one. We tion to ask a director! I’mBut he becomes a pain in the Akshay-Katrina combi- D’Souza. Having said that, I my producer Vipul (Shah) managed to get the legend- meant to like every scene oftheir neck because of his stu- nation on screen. It’s always don’t have a problem with had everything planned and ary rapper, Snoop Dogg on my film! On a serious note,pidity. They get fed up with worked at the box-office. people who say that I make ready. This explains why I board. My college-going I think some of the actionhim, fool him and send him You’ve done two comedies, mindless comedies. At the have a release within eight daughter screamed, “Oh my scenes we’ve canned on the months of ‘Welcome’. god! Snoop Dogg!’” when I Gold Coast are absolutely Publisher: We observe that you enjoy told her we had struck a deal brilliant. They’re a treat to Meena Chopra shooting your films abroad? with him. watch. There’s also a very STARBUZZ MEDIA 71 Glenn Hawthorne Blvd. Mississauga ON L5R 2K4 I’m making commercial ‘Singh Is Kinng’ has a strong emotional scene when the films. They need to have ensemble cast. Have you villagers fool Akshay. It’s Contributing Writers: KumKum Ramchandani, Gautam Chaturvedi, SS Anand, M.P.Singh the required scale, gloss done justice to everyone’s one of my favourites. and glamour. I’ve just shot characters? Any parting words? 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August 1, 2008 NEWS 5Smitten by Ranbir, Katrina has no time for SalmanThe ‘IT’ and ‘HIT’ girl of making sure that she tion and chemistry Kat is paired opposite a the rift developing betweenBollywood, Katrina Kaif is gets the most from between the two hero of her age. So obvi- this babe and her beau Sal-on a dream run at the box this golden phase of youngsters. ously with two young good man Khan.office with back to back her career. Infact this film looking people get together The way this diva is choos-5 hits in a row. And with Presently the ‘IT’ will mark Katrina on screen, the chemistry is ing the right filmy scriptsreports of Singh is Kinng girl is shooting with Kaif’s first film bound to be awesome. at the moment, we hopeand Yuvraaj being positive, heartthrob Ranbir with the younger Everyone who was pres- that she also concentratesKatrina is slated for an un- Kapoor in Raj Ku- generation heroes ent on the sets of the film in constructing a positivematched 7 hits in a row. mar Santoshi’s ‘Ajab of her age. And ac- couldn’t stop raving about script when it comes to herUndoubtedly Kat baby is Prem ki Ghazab Ka- cording to sources how good they look togeth- love life with Sallu. Afterconsidered amongst the hani’. According to on the sets, the er!” informs the source. all everyone likes to see aselect few who commands unit members she is good looking pair But is it that in this process happy ending.a price and receives it. It having a blast shoot- shares an extreme- she isn’t been able to con-seems she believes in the ing in Ooty pres- ly great chemistry. centrate on her personalproverb; make hay while ently, and they rave “It’s the first time life? We all are aware aboutthe sun shines, and is really about her dedica- Poets at Masala! Mehndi! Masti! 2008 Poetry readings were held at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! 2008 at the MMM Writers Stage on 27 July 2008. The poetry session was organised by Far- zana Doctor of ‘Desi Litt’ and Cheryll Antao-Xavier of ‘In Our Words’. Apart from English, Hindi & Urdu poetry was also given a platform. The participating poets were Dipak Mazumdar, Meena Chopra, Cheryll Antao-Xavier, Rashmee Karnad-Jani, Zohra Zoberi, Priti Dhamane, Bhuvaneshwari Pandey and Nirmal Sidhu. Margaret Guzowski accompanied the poetry with her yogic asans
August 1, 2008 6 NEWSYes, I’m wearing a Bikini: Priyanka different looks for the twoPriyanka was shooting in wear. And I don’t mind at will be wearing even tinier man Baweja’s sister Rowena after Krissh. And I’m doing halves set in two differentMiami for Karan Johar’s all. Because everyone else clothes.” who thought of Boo. I don’t one more Drona. periods. Boo was part of myromantic comedy Dostana. Priyanka Chopra think it’d have happened But Love Story was special futuristic look. I feel thisAnd she had a ball. can’t stop raving without her. I’ve watched because I did my career’s film carried sci-fi in India to“I’ve worked with Abhishek about the new love Boo acquire a life right in first double role with two another level.”and John before. But never in her life. front of me. So it’s quite an Interestingly Love Storylike this. Their bonding is “No, his name exciting process.” 2050 will be followedinfectious. Dostana was one isn’t Harman. It’s So attached has Priyanka be- by another FX-motivatedbig party. It’s a beachside someone called come to Boo that she wanted adventure saga Shankar’ssporty film. And I’m very Boo, a pet robot to carry him home after the Robot. Priyanka had beenmuch a water babe. The di- teedy-bear who shooting. And the Bawejas signed for it when it wasrector Tarun Mansukhani’s accompanies me who’ve watched Priyanka a different set-up withis new but his wit sparkles. everywhere in stand by their project from Shah Rukh Khan in theHe’s written a really urbane Love Story 2050. the time Kareena Kapoor lead.tongue-in-cheek comedy.” He’s all pink and opted out, would be only “When FX turned a cor-So has she changed her the cutest creature too happy to let Priyanka ner with Krissh I was partmind about wearing a bi- on earth. I want to have Boo. of it. Now when it som-kini? “The producer Karan take him home.” Says Priyanka, “This was ersaults with Love StoryJohar didn’t ask me to wear Explains the ac- one film that’s filled with 2050 and Drona I’m parta bikini. And I wouldn’t be tress, “I was aware gadgets and electronic toys. of both.Am I proud tocomfortable in one. But this of Boo from the But Boo is special. Because be in these projects, oris a beach movie. So it’s only time he was con- he’s mine. Love Story 2050 not?”natural that I get into beach- ceived. It was Har- is my second hi-tech film
August 1, 2008 MONEY 7Critical protection for youand your retirementRetirement. It’s supposed to bookkeeping. They are very sider critical illness insur-be a wonderful time… a time comfortable, but definitely ance to help protect theirof relaxation and enjoyment concerned about saving for retirement savings. He ex-that you’ve worked hard for, retirement, sending their plains that some group planssaved for and looked for- kids to university and saving now offer critical illnessward to over the course of for a rainy day. insurance, but since Mikeyour working career. Mike and Sandy have a to- owns his own company,But what if you or your part- tal of $250,000 in retirement he’ll need to consider an in-ner is diagnosed with a criti- savings and are working dividually owned plan.cal illness just before or after with their advisor to protect Mike and Sandy think aboutyou begin your retirement? the future growth of these it. They’re non-smoking,If you’re not prepared, you assets so they can enjoy healthy individuals, so it’scould spend a good portion their retirement. They think hard to imagine either one ofof your savings dealing with that putting money into their them suffering a critical ill-that critical illness, putting ness. Still, they know it cana major dent in the retire- happen.ment portfolio that you’ve Jim assures them that the fi-worked so hard to build over nancial commitment to pur-the years.The five- to 10- chase a critical illness policyyear period just before and is affordable and, dependingafter you retire is known as on how much coverage theythe “retirement risk zone.” purchase, the premium canWith such a short time hori- be about the same as the totalzon to retirement, absorbing fee that they pay on the mu-the cost of a critical illness tual funds in their RRSPs.during this period could put MIKE AND SANDY AREyour retirement plans in se- READY. ARE YOU?rious jeopardy. But there is Mike and Sandy decide tosomething that can help mit- RRSPs will cover all their buy critical illness insuranceigate that risk: critical illness bases. and help protect their retire-insurance. However, Mike and Sandy’s ment income.SAVING FOR RETIRE- advisor, Jim, poses a ques- Take a look at your own situ-MENT INVOLVES MORE tion: Suppose that, at age ation. Could you survive theTHAN RRSPS 60, one of them is diagnosed financial strain of a criticalMeet Mike and Sandy – both with a critical illness or has a illness? For most people, theare 37 years old, nonsmok- stroke or a heart attack. How answer is no. Talk to yourers and have three young will they cover the costs to advisor today about criticalchildren. Mike owns his own recover without tapping into illness insurance and howlandscaping business and their retirement nest egg? it can help protect you andSandy does the Jim suggests that they con- your retirement.
August 1, 2008 8 NEWSBollywood unites behind Muslim actorsOutright condemnation or working in films immediate- them. You just negate them. Sanjay Khan, a Muslim by “India has always been a sociates of Shah Rukh, de-tight-lipped silence. India’s ly or face death. The email They can do whatever they religion, refused to com- secular country and Bolly- clined to comment on thefilm fraternity Monday was received Sunday, a day want. Nobody listens to mad ment on the threats and just wood has always advocated threat.united behind its Muslim after 21 blasts killed 50 peo- dogs. Nobody in the industry said: “I think this is a mediaactors -- including the four ple and injured 200 in Guja- will give a reaction.” created hype and it is com-Khans Shah Rukh, Aamir, rat’s main city Ahmedabad. According to Bollywood pletely blowing matters out Prashant Pandey, trade analyst, people were of proportion. I don’t want writer of Ram “shocked but the producers, to contribute and give more Gopal Varma’s writers, directors or even the air to this (issue). There is no “Contract”, an actors have not issued any threat to Bollywood so far as action thriller that released last week and is said to be uncannily similar to how the Ahmedabad blasts played out, said it was unfor- tunate if actors were being tar- geted in the name of religion. “An actor has no religion. One cannot categorise an actor on that basis. His per- statement on this yet”. all of this is concerned.” sona is different Describing the threats as Filmmaker Jagmohan Mun- as an individual “very sad and very unfortu- dra, whose next release both on and off-Salman and Saif -- who nate”, Adarsh said: “At the “Shoot on Sight” is a film on screen, “ Pandey told.have been threatened by the moment, there have been no international terrorism, add- its secular character. A warn- Veteran actress and Saif Ali Renowned director Azizlittle known Indian Muja- official reports in the indus- ed: “Indian Muslims have ing by a handful of people Khan’s mother Sharmila Mirza, whose “Kismat Kon-hideen outfit that has also try. What do actors have to not been associated with ter- will definitely not matter to Tagore did not respond on nection” has just been re-claimed responsibility for do with the attacks? It is a rorist activities till date and the industry.” Others refused being contacted either. leased, said terrorists mustthe Ahmedabad blasts. free country and one has the if some of them have started to talk. Actress Juhi Chawla Shah Rukh also did not react be cold shouldered.The group has purportedly right to do whatever she or taking part in such activities, and choreographer-director to any calls or messages on “The terrorists are stupidwritten an email stating that he wants to.” then it is really sad for our Farah Khan, both close as- the issue. guys. You don’t react toMuslim actors must stop Actor-turned-filmmaker country.
August 1, 2008 FASHION 9Power dressing goes casualWorkspaces in India and abroad are seeing afashion revolution.The formal dress code is fast neck tee, striped shirts with are comfortable, are consid- and the formal touch isgiving way to a semi-formal jeans, straight skirts with ered the in-things and you maintained. Office wearand more casual dress code semi-formal tops make for can play with the tops you is getting casual but itin office spaces. While ex- good office wear. They are want to team them with. remains cutting edge byecutives are chilling out in comfortable and yet they White and black are ever- being more sporty thantheir casual chic outfits, green colours and they formal.”fashion designers con- are hot this summer And what are the fash-firm that this is a new too. Also soft pinks ion faux pas that peopletrend! Agrees designer are ruling the colour should avoid? “OnePuja Nayyar, “Yes, palette and shades of should avoid halters andthis is a very interest- pink are very pleasing spaghetti tops in office.ing trend. Office goers to the eye in the sum- There’s some thing notare managing to look mer heat.” Puja says, right about them. That’s aformal despite teaming “Shirt dresses with no!” says Puja. “A strandcasual sensibilities in leggings and extended of pearls or a nice piece oftheir individual styles. shirts with leggings are jewellery is good enoughTheir dressing style very comfortable. and do not bundle uphas a sporty edge to it They are ‘breathe loads of jewellery. Oneand it is far from being easy’ and crisp shirt- should learn to accessoriseformal. dresses give a very right,” advises Renu. AndPeople are managing formal feeling. It is all Rahul says, “Girls shouldto look stylish and as about clubbing slick stay miles away from ties.a result, they are more make the person look formal style with comfort. One Avoid halter-tops and docomfortable at work. It is no and that is important because could add trainers to that not confuse garments.longer the strict suits any- it is an office at the end of look. Plus, men could exper- Remember, you need tomore – it is more like feel the day,” says Rahul. iment with a lot with waist- feel active and that willgood and look better now!” Renu Tandon recommends coats, as they are really hot happen only if you lookAdding to that is designer slim-figure trousers with this season. Waistcoats make active!” Happy dressing,Rahul Jain, “I’d call it the shirts. “Slim-figure trousers men look slimmer yet trendy people!comfort trend. And there isone thing that young execsare taking due care of. Theyare not mixing casual withloungewear or club wear. Itis the formal-casual. So yousee more shirts and jeanscombos, more shirtdressesand leggings in offices. Thisis important because onecan’t afford to look lazy inoffice. Khakis, drawstringpants and flared skirts giveone that holiday feel. So,that should be avoided! Itis about looking active atwork, so the choice of semi-formals should be such thatthe garments exude an ac-tive look and keep lazinessat bay.”What semi-formal combosdo they recommend? “Nice-ly fitted trousers with a polo
August 1, 2008 10 TV TALKVoice of India winner Six years and still rocking...KumKum Some shows manage to retain their popularity even after years and Kumkum has managedIshmeet Singh drowns to do so. It’s been six years that the show started and after the re-birth track, the story seems to have gained momentum once more. To celebrate six years of its completion, the makers of the show decided to have a grand celebration.in Maldives A special song sequence has been shot for the same that includes a host of actors like Dips- shikha, Pawan Shankar, Gautam Rhode, Angad Hasija, Ali Merchant, Muskaan and Jay Bhanushali will be seen performing on Deewangi from Om Shanti Om. But of course, the celebrations can’t be complete without the lead pair Hussain Kuwajerwala and Juhi Parmar. Interestingly, even Hussain’s wife Tina will be seen swinging to the tunesVery few can forget his in- chief strategist of the lobby “Ishmeet had gone just this with hubby and Juhi Parmar. Now that’s what we call true celebrations!nocent smile and soft voice. group then, confirmed his morning to Maldives,” heToday, though, Ishmeet death on phone before snap- said.Singh, the popular winner of ping the connection off. Reports from Colombo saida reality singing competition Too shocked to react Gurpin- that Singh, 20, had beenis no more. der Singh, father of Ishmeet, frolicking in a shallow poolIn shocking news that en- said he doesn’t know any- meant for children on Tues-gulfed Ludhiana in a pall of thing about what happened. day and later jumped into thegloom and collective mourn- Ishmeet’s mother, too shaken deep-end of the main swim-ing, the budding singer died to shed a tear, sat quietly be- ming pool and had immedi-on Tuesday appar- ately run into difficulty,ently by drowning an official of the Dhon-in Maldives. veli resort in MaldivesA blooming ca- said.reer cut short, the “We understand that herattled city reacted did not know how towith disbelief as swim and had been ad-the news spread vised by his friends notlike wildfire. Peo- to get to the deep end,” aple from all walks hotel official said whenof life -- friends, contacted from Colom-relatives and fans bo. His body was takenof the Sardar who to the capital islandhad captured the Male, about half-an-imagination of hour by speed boat.the nation with his He had arrived in the In-melodious voice dian Ocean atoll nation- started stream- early on Tuesday to singing into in to his at a musical concert onhome at Shastri Friday. He had won theNagar, many of Voice of India singingthem weeping competition organisedloudly. by the Star televisionOnly last year network and shot tothe city had run stardom in Novembera campaign lobby- fore a TV set relaying news last year.ing for the singing sensation. that shattered her. Swimming accidents areThe Sikh community and Atamjit Singh, one of the rare in the Maldivian archi-Punjabis across India and relatives told TOI that they pelago which is known forthe world voted proudly and got a call from the CEO of snorkelling and diving andunabashedly for him, mak- Big Events, hosting a pro- exotic reef fish. Maldives ising him the eventual winner. gramme with Ishmeet in reportedly the most expen-Crying profusely, Charanka- Maldives, that he drowned sive tourist destination inmal Singh, his uncle and the at the beach. South Asia.Apara to work withShobhana againThe saas of Indian television Apara Mehta who madeher debut with Shobhana Desai’s serial Ek Mahal HoSapnon Ka will be seen in a cameo in Shobhana’s newshow Hamari Devrani.Apara’s working with Shobhana Desai after 10 years now. Of course it’s just a guest entry where she plays a judge in a couple dance competition in the serial. But Apara’s glad to be a part of the show. She says, “It feels like coming back home. Shobhanaji has always treated me as a youngersister and I have reciprocated the same love. The bestpart is here I am playing myself as the judge of a dancecompetition.” Shobhana has this to say about Apara,“It was a pleasure to work with Apara after almost adecade. I am very happy especially because she madeher debut with my serial Ek Mahal... and today shehas become a popular television star. However, sheremains unaffected by the success she has seen and isstill the same at heart.”
August 1, 2008 NEWS 11Nandita Das – Actor, Activist & now a Film DirectorAn exclusive chat with Tia Virdi of StarBuzz“I was never excited were shown during the festi- till today is more like an in- gaging in social projects inwith the typical Bol- val were, Earth, Maati May, terest, which is the reason I India. Shubho Mahurat, Bawander, still live in Delhi and not in Do you ever think of break-lywood heroine image. Hari Bhari, Amal. Mumbai the hub of Bolly- ing into the commercial filmThis may have been be- Tia of StarBuzz had an ex- wood film industry. I also do scene?cause I didn’t grow up clusive meeting with one of films in different languages, If I wanted to I could havewatching mainstream the most talented actresses because there are stories and done it a long time ago. Therefilms. It’s like telling a of our times. Nandita comes talent in other parts and not were many offers after Fire. across as a person of a lot of just the big cities. I was never excited with thevegetarian that this beef substance and very articulate What language movies have typical Bollywood heroinesteak is really great, and clear in her thought and you done in movies? image. This may have beenand it wouldn’t matter. action, a person with a solid I have done 10 languages, because I didn’t grow upIt won’t tempt you be- purpose in life. including Bengali and Mara- watching mainstream films.cause you are a vege- What inspired you to join thi and I have done 30 films Its like telling a vegetarian films? Is there a film close to your that this beef steak is reallytarian. So all the money This is a long and very old heart? great, and it wouldn’t matter.and fame doesn’t tempt story. I did my masters I would say not yet. I mean It won’t tempt you becauseme, and I’m a vegetar- in Social Work and I was there are many that are you are a vegetarian. So all Shah, Paresh Raval, Raghu-ian in that sense.” working with NGOs. It was close to my heart. But in the money and fame doesn’t bir Yadav, Deepti Naval and terms of an absolute fa- tempt me, and I’m a vegetar- Sanjay Suri. It will hopefully vorite project, it’s still yet ian in that sense. release by October. to come. What are your future plans? What do you like about To- Your father, Jatin Das, I have just directed my ronto? is a renowned artist of own film. Its’ called Firaaq. I think it s a very friendly India. Do you think that “Firaaq” means separa- city, there is something very the artistic environment tion and quest. The film is genuine about it. There is a at home played a role in about how violence impacts warmth that people exude. your decision to go into human relationships, espe- It’s a cosmopolitan city and acting? cially communal violence, a nice melting pot. Which is I think it did help. Films how it has divided people good because it makes you are a collaborative art, and how separation devel- more open and less preju- like visual and perform- ops in our minds and in diced. ing art mixing together. hearts. It is based in India, it’s a multiple story. The Pics by Ben Girn So I think growing up in an environment where I cast includes, Naseeruddin watched dance and music performances, watched the- atre and went to exhibitions from a very early age, prob- ably created an aesthetic and artistic sensibility, that has been with me in person andNandita Das was visiting completely by accident that also in the choices I haveToronto for the retrospective I met Deepa Mehta. And one made. I hardly ever watchedof her films during the South thing led to another. Acting any movies when I was younger with my parents, so cinema never really played a big role in my formative years. As a social activist, what are your future endeavors? An activist is a much big- ger term, even though I am called an actor activist. But both things I don’t really do full time. I do it more as a concerned citizen. I am do- ing much more advocacy work. Before I started acting I used to do more grassroots level work. I take issues to people, whether it’s a talk at university, workshops, with students orAsian Festival Me- teachers. I havehandi Masala Masti been to MIT andat the Queen Elisa- Cornell.. I ambeth Theatre at not with one par-CNE ticular body butgrounds. Critically I support a lot ofacclaimed actress genuine bodies. Iand social activist, hesitate to nameNandita Das shot to any because Iinternational fame don’t want towith her controver- leave any out. Isial role in Deepa would like NRIsMehta’s movie Fire. to be more in-Other films that volved by en-
August 1, 2008 NEWS 13Sachin Tendulkar to make Bollywood debutSachin Tendulkar will make to as Siddhivinayak. he returns from Sri Sanghvi said. devotion,” said Subhashhis Bollywood debut with a “He will play a small role, Lanka where India The film is being produced Mayekar, chairman of thecameo role in a film about as himself, either in a song is touring at the by the Siddhivinayak Tem- trust.the miracles Lord Ganesh. sequence or in an actual moment. ple Trust, which looks after a “Vighnaharta Shri Sid-Tendulkar, widely regarded scene,” said Rajiv Sanghvi, Tendulkar, a devo- famous temple dedicated to dhivinayak” is due to beginas one of the world’s best whose company is handling tee of Ganesh, had Ganesh in Mumbai. shooting next month, andbatsmen, will play himself the film’s production. offered to be a part “Sachin has been a regular will also feature a voice-overin “Vighnaharta Shri Sid- Tendulkar’s office con- of the project and at the temple for many years by Bollywood icon Amitabhdhivinayak,” a film about firmed the cricketer would will not be charg- now and he never gives up Bachchan.the god, who is also referred be shooting for the film after ing for the role, an opportunity to show his
August 1, 200814 NEWSMoods of Masala! Mehndi! Masti! 2008 Ayesha Takia to get rid of her boobs Gorgeous Ayesha would soon be losing the assets she has been known for. This Bolly-babe is having a lot of problems due to the boob job which she had done few years ago. After this surgery this gorgeous gal surely gained plus sized breasts but the actress is now thinking of reducing it back to normal. Sources reveal that due to heavy sized breasts she is having a lot of pain on her shoulders. This is the reason why doctors have ad- vised this diva to go through a sur- gery and reduce her bust size. The actress may have won best debutant award in 2004 for Tarzan: The Wonder Car, but in her long ca- reer of four years it’s only 2006 re- lease Dor that her acting talent were been appreciated by both the critics and masses. We would have to wait and see whether this sur- gery would bring luck back to her or it would affect the beauty and career of this wonder girl in some other way. Meanwhile the surgery is scheduled to take place in next month at Lilavati hospital. Hope Ayesha has consulted her boyfriend Farhan Azmi be- fore signaling green to the doctors. Pics by Ben Girn
August 1, 2008 KOLLYWOOD 15Simran turns youthfulSome shows manage to retain their popularity evenafter years and Kumkum has managed to do so.It’s been six years that the show started and after the re-birth track, the story seems to havegained momentumonce more. To cel-ebrate six years ofits completion, themakers of the showdecided to have agrand celebration.A special song se-quence has beenshot for the samethat includes a hostof actors like Dips-shikha, PawanShankar, GautamRhode, AngadHasija, Ali Mer-chant, Muskaanand Jay Bhanush-ali will be seenperforming on De-ewangi from OmShanti Om.But of course, thecelebrations can’tbe complete with-out the lead pairHussain Kuwajer-wala and Juhi Par-mar. Interestingly,even Hussain’swife Tina will beseen swinging tothe tunes with hubby and Juhi Parmar. Now that’s what we call true celebrations!
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August 1, 200818 LIFESTYLEAnna Yin Poets at StarBuzz Yoga for FatigueAnna Yin was born in China, immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has more than 80 poems We all have experienced Physical over-exertion can and act like batteries topublished internationally. In 2005, Anna received the Ted Plantos Memorial Award and common bouts of fatigue as deplete the body’s energy store prana for future use.was interviewed by CBC Radio for her poem “Toronto, No More Weeping”. Anna is a a normal response to over- and cause muscle fatigue. Fear is said to constrainmember of The Ontario Poetry Society and is a Director of the Chinese Cultural Federation exertion, emotional stress, Gentle yoga poses will help the energy of the Kidneys, boredom, or lack of sleep. to regulate, nourish and re- causing them to dysfunc-of North America. Anna’s poems and ten translation works were selected in Textbook of This common experience of plenish the energy and mus- tion and for their energy re-Canada Study for international students by Humber College in 2007. low energy and/or motiva- cles of the body. The restor- serves to become drained. The Great Wall tion can usually be allevi- ative poses mentioned above The Chinese believe the ated through proper rest, will also provide rest and re- Spleen is responsible for exercise, stress reduction newal to these centers. The converting the food we eat In my dream, the Great Wall and nutrition. Yoga is an es- poor circulation of blood, into energy for the body to is a flying dragon, pecially effective treatment oxygen and nutrients can use. Excessive worry and floating over lush mountains. for fatigue as it combines also create fatigue. Yoga’s over thinking weaken the My ancestors fight their long journey movement, rest and stress whole body movements and Spleen’s ability to trans- towards a peaceful and harmonious land. reduction with the cultiva- stretches increase the flow of form nutrients to produce tion of prana (life force en- blood, oxygen and nutrients abundant prana, result- From the moon, the Great Wall ergy) and the activation of through the body, helping ing in fatigue. The Lungs the parasympathetic nervous the cells of the body to ac- also play a role in produc- is a marvelous totem, system (rest and renew re- cess the proper materials for ing prana in the body. The shining with durative sheen. sponse). The remedy for producing energy. Flowing Lungs transform the air we My contemporaries carry it with esteem, some cases of fatigue can be movements and sequences, breathe into prana and also enhance its solid foundation. quite obvious, while other such as the sun salutations, help circulate this prana in types of fatigue will require as well as inversions will be the chest. When excessive Upon my heart, the Great Wall much more self-observation the most effective in improv- sadness or melancholy is is an eternal home, and self-inquiry to find the ing circulation. A nutrition- present, this function of the crossing over the Pacific Ocean. proper mode of treatment. ally poor diet can also be the Lungs is depressed and this Yoga is an optimal heal- blame of physical fatigue. A may manifest as fatigue My offspring will follow its beckoning Anna Yin towards a root-searching return. ing modality for fatigue not only because it addresses the yogic diet of simple, fresh, and organic foods will allow in the body. The Liver in TCM is responsible for the Space sponsored by physical, emotional and en- the body to easily digest and free flow of energy through CROSS CURRENTS Indo Canadian International Arts ergetic causes of fatigue, but assimilate all of the proper the entire body. Excessive also because it fosters and fa- nutrients that the body needs anger, frustration and ir- CROSS CURRENTS Indo Canadian International Arts is cilitates the self-observation to produce energy. Overeat- ritation all cause the Liver an oganization with a mission of bringing communities and self-inquiry required to ing should be avoided as this to constrict and stagnate the understand the roots of this can overtax the digestive flow of prana, which in turn together on a common platform through arts. disharmony. system, reducing its ability can lead to fatigue. Physical Causes to assimilate nutrients, mak- The meditative and mind-We welcome poems from established and emerging poets to be featured in this column. While the physical causes of ing one feel heavy and slug- fulness practices of yogaYou may send your poems not exceeding 26 lines along with your photograph and short fatigue are the most obvious, gish. are excellent tools to bringbio not exceeding 90 words to Meena Chopra at email@example.com they are also the least com- Emotional and Energetic awareness to our emotional mon. A lack of sleep will Causes states and to experience and certainly cause fatigue, and While yoga has a strong ef- process them completely. while getting more sleep is fect on the physical body, it Yoga poses can be used to the obvious solution, yoga has an even stronger effect at target the Kidney, Spleen can also help. Yoga is not regulating the emotions and and Lung areas to encour- a substitute for sleep, but subtle energies of the body. age the release of held yoga’s calming and regulat- In Traditional Chinese Med- emotions and to tonify and ing effects can help you get icine (TCM) excessive emo- regulate these organ energy a longer and deeper night’s tions are seen to adversely centers. As the Kidneys are rest. A deep sense of rest can affect the organ systems located in the low back, also be experienced from responsible for the creation back bending poses are the extended holdings of restor- and regulation of prana or best to activate the Kidneys ative poses, such as child, qi. In TCM, the Kidneys are and to tonify their prana. supine bound angle, knee seen as the foundation of all Low back bending poses down twist, and shavasana. of the energy of the body such as Bridge, Cobra, Boat and Bow will be the best targeted for this area. As the Liver and Spleen are located on the sides of the abdomen, side bends and twists will activate these energy centers. Both the meridians of the Liver and Spleen travel down the insides of the legs, so hip opening poses like Pigeon, Bound Angle and Seated Angle will also activate these organ systems. Physi- cal movement helps the Liver in moving the energy through the body, so vinya- sa based sequences like the sun salutations will be ben- eficial as well. To activate and tonify the Lungs, use chest opening upper back bending poses such as fish, camel, sphinx and crab. All regular exercise will re- duce fatigue, but yoga has the unique ability to pro- vide exercise that is multi- dimensional in nature: effecting the body, mind, energy and emotions.
August 1, 2008 NEWS & RECIPE 19 BUSINESS NEWSThree private cos allowed even as the companies collaborate on production and certain back-end operations. an appetite for luxury cars and about 75-80% of the markets where compact and C segment cars dominate,” he said.to manage provident Makham Dhalivaal, newly-appointed India MD of VW Pas- senger Cars, said the VW group companies would be inde- But just as the group companies do not collaborate on the sales and service front, there would be synergies and coop- pendent as far as interface with customers was concerned. eration in other back-end areas, he said.fund “All the three brands would have separate sales and service “Certain back-end operations like IT and finance functions networks and we do not plan to have any co-branded show- would be common,” he said. Also, there would be collabora-Pension reforms have started. With the Left off its back, the rooms. The idea is to retain separate brand identities for all tions in terms of logistics with the same network being usedgovernment on Tuesday pushed for reforms and allowed the three brands,” Dhalivaal told TOI. to transport cars of various brands across the country,” Dhal-three private sector companies to manage the pension funds VW has been a late entrant into the Indian market and has ivaal added. Companies are cooperating on the front of pro-with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). The appointed only seven dealers since it started operations last duction of cars. Skoda’s Aurangabad plant is being used bydecision ends the 56-year monopoly of the State Bank of year. Skoda, on the other hand, has been in the market since both Audi and VW to assemble some of their models. WhileIndia as the sole EPFO fund manager. 2001 and has 54 dealerships across the country. Audi assembles the A6 and soon will assemble the A4 too,The EPFO board met, with labour minister Oscar Fernandes Dhalivaal said VW had aggressive plans to ramp up the sales VW assembles the Passat and Jetta sedans there.in the chair, to take this historic decision. and service network in the country as it also launched new However, once VW’s upcoming Chakan plant becomes op-It identified HSBC, ICICI Prudential and Reliance Capital as cars, including a small car by 2010. erational in 2009, Skoda would start the production of itsthe three private sector finance companies that would man- “We plan to expand the dealer network to 120 by the end of hatchback Fabia there, shifting the operations from Aurang-age, in addition to SBI, EPFO funds — to the tune of Rs 2011 and this would cover the majority of cities that have abad.2.4 lakh crore. Trade union representatives were also presentfor the meeting, and barring the Congress-affiliated INTUC,they submitted a vote of dissent.The move will save the fund Rs 2.5 crore per annum in fundmanagement fees. At present, EPFO pays Rs 5 crore to SBI.But the new fund managers have quoted lower fees. HSBCquoted the lowest at 0.0063%, followed by ICICI Prudentialat 0.0075% and SBI and Reliance Capital at 0.01%.The allocation of fund for the management to the successfulbidders, based on the asset management fee, will be decidedby the EPFO’s finance and investment committee.Govt got 10 bids for EPFOWith private sector companies allowed to manage EPFO, thelabour secretary said 10 financial bids were received by thegovernment and four companies have been given the man-date. However, the representatives of AITUC and HMS, DL Sachdev and A D Nagpal, alleged that the name of AnilAmbani group-owned Reliance Capital was added at the lastminute. 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