Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan to a prominent political family. At age 16 she left her homeland to study at Harvard's Radcliffe College. After completing her undergraduate degree atBenazir Bhutto Radcliffe she studied at England's Oxford University, where she was awarded a second degree in 1977.
Later that year she returned to Pakistan where her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been elected prime minister, but days after her arrival, the military seized power and her father was imprisoned. In 1979 he was hanged by the military government of General Zia Ul Haq.
Bhutto herself was also arrested many times over the following years, and was detained for three years before being permitted to leave the country in 1984. She settled in London, but along with her two brothers, she founded an underground organization to resist the military dictatorship. When her brother died in 1985, she returned to Pakistan for his burial, and was again arrested for participating in anti-government rallies.

She returned to London after her release, and martial law was lifted in Pakistan at the end of the year. Anti-Zia demonstrations resumed and Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in April 1986. The public response to her return was tumultuous, and she publicly called for the resignation of Zia Ul Haq, whose government had executed her father.

She was elected co-chairwoman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) along with her mother, and when free elections were finally held in 1988, she herself became Prime Minister. At 35, she was one of the youngest chief executives in the world, and theBenazir Bhutto first woman to serve as prime minister in an Islamic country.

Only two years into her first term, President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Bhutto from office. She initiated an anti-corruption campaign, and in 1993 was re-elected as Prime Minister. While in office, she brought electricity to the countryside and built schools all over the country. She made hunger, housing and health care her top priorities, and looked forward to continuing to modernize Pakistan.

At the same time, Bhutto faced constant opposition from the Islamic fundamentalist movement. Her brother Mir Murtaza, who had been estranged from Benazir since their father's death, returned from abroad and leveled charges of corruption at Benazir's husband, Asif Ali Zardari. Mir Murtaza died when his bodyguard became involved in a gunfight with police in Karachi. The Pakistani public was shocked by this turn of events and PPP supporters were divided over the charges against Zardari.

In 1996 President Leghari of Pakistan dismissed Benazir Bhutto from office, alleging mismanagement, and dissolved the National Assembly. A Bhutto re-election bid failed in 1997, and the next elected government, headed by the more conservative Nawaz Sharif, was overthrown by the military. Bhutto's husband was imprisoned, and once again, she was forced to leave her homeland. For nine years, she and her children lived in exile in London, where she continued to advocate the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. In the autumn of 2007, in the face of death threats from radical Islamists, and the hostility of the government, she returned to her native country.
Although she Benazir Bhuttowas greeted by enthusiastic crowds, within hours of her arrival, her motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber. She survived this first assassination attempt, although more than 100 bystanders died in the attack. With national elections scheduled for January 2008, her Pakistan People's Party was poised for a victory that would make Bhutto prime minister once again. Only a few weeks before the election, the extremists struck again. After a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, a gunman fired at her car, fatally wounding her. The assassin then detonated a bomb, killing himself and a number of bystanders. Bhutto was rushed to the hospital, but soon succumbed to her wounds. In the wake of her death, rioting erupted throughout the country. The loss of the country's most popular democratic leader has plunged Pakistan into turmoil, intensifying the dangerous instability of a nuclear-armed nation in a highly volatile region.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Travolta’s revolt!

Here’s another one to have just lost it with media. John TravoltaJohn Travolta is the latest one to feel the media is apparently stepping on his toes. The Face Off actor defended fellow actor and believer of Scientology, Tom Cruise, who was criticized for his comments in a talk show. Refusing to accept that being a celebrity denied one of his rights and privacy, John seconded Tom’s right to speak his mind, and did he speak his mind too! John has kept his bathroom and bedroom right off limits for the paparazzi! Now, how deprived are we going to be?!

Abhi is daddy’s boy!
The Abhishek Bachchan ideal son, that’s what Abhishek Bachchan is bent on proving! He totally adores his dad and almost always has a wistfully twinkling glint in his eyes every time he speaks of dad. Attributing perfection to Big B, he generously rates him a 100 on 100 for his overall personality! Extolling his father’s performances, some of which were scheduled to be screened at the renowned BAFTA awards, he’s hoping with all his heart to someday grow up to be like his dad. Wonder what happened to Jaya mama’s boy?

Believe it? Or not?
LooksAishwarya Rai like folks out in the West just can’t get enough of the blue eyed beauty. After Provoked and The Last Legion, Aishwarya Rai has been reportedly chosen for a popular television science fiction series in the United States. Titled Heroes, it’ll have Ash play the role of a character named ‘Shanti’, who possesses supernatural powers. Her contract is believed to last eight entire episodes, but the busy actress’ business manager kept up with denying any such plans, dismissing all of it as gossip. Oh well, only time will tell…

Sporty is a good sport!
Melanie Melanie Chisholm Chisholm popularly known as Mel C or ‘Sporty Spice’ of the British girl group of yesteryears, Spice Girls, has finally agreed to the reunion. Still wanting to keep intact the magic they created, Mel C earlier initially opposed the idea, but now she’s prepared herself for it. After the group witnessed weak sales and split, leaving each to pursue respective solo careers, Mel now feels that the group owed the world a last ‘thank you’ and ‘good bye’ and this ‘get-together’ was the ideal way to show that gratitude. Whatever your reasons Mel, we couldn’t be happier!
Bips has had enough
BipashaBipasha Basu Basu has had a lot on her mind since the past few days. She’s waiting for boyfriend John Abraham to return from his shoot in Hyderabad to settle matters once and for all. Rumours have it that their relationship has been sailing stormy waters lately, and the gossip mills working overtime weren’t helping. Meanwhile, media is happy to play matchmaker for Bips, linking her to a whole lot of potential suitors, right from Saif to Dino Morea. But for love’s sake, let’s hope this love story meets a happy ending...

No son for Aniston!
It seemsJennifer Aniston that Jennifer Aniston’s not ready to tie on an apron and get her manicured nails dirty in baby poo yet. Everyone was taken by surprise when OK! Magazine proclaimed that Jen was all set to adopt in the wake of Sheryl Crow’s union with her adopted son Wyatt. In fact, they even stated that the adoption process for a boy was ‘100 percent’ on track. However, sources close to the Hollywood star claims the statements aren’t true at all. Somebody’s loss, somebody’s gain, we believe...

Pamela – Forty and flirty!
Baywatch Pamela Anderson babe Pamela Anderson may be pushing forty and but she still knows how to party! PETA held an advance bash to celebrate her fortieth birthday which is to be on July 1 at a Florida hotspot. And boy, did she party?! To top it all, she stunned them all in her breathtaking red satin off -shoulder drape proving that 40 is the new 20! However, after making the shutterbugs happy with the ritual cake-cutting photo-ops, she went back to work on her upcoming film. Pam’s sure got her priorities in order this year!

Friday, December 07, 2007

The dragon flight!

The civil aviation reforms commenced in China long before India had even conceived that something like this was essentially Chinese Airhostessrequired. Right from inception, the Chinese objective was to engineer a complete separation of the general administration from the management of airlines. Post 2000, the primary focus shifted towards consolidation and creation of professionally managed companies. Subsequently, three of the largest Chinese airlines at present were formed – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Their fleets are almost comparable to the entire aviation industry of India. The Chinese industry, too, is registering losses, but it continues to grow, due to government vision and solid backing. It is this support which will take them ahead in the times to come.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Every dog has its day

Have we not heard of jailbird Paris making headlines just about everywhere? Wrong reasons et al. But we were rather shocked to come to know that her furry companion is a big hit with the folks as well. If the latest grapevine is anything to go by, the empty gourmet can of her Chihuahua named Tinkerbell has fetched, take a deep breath, a whopping $1.5 million on Ebay. And who is having the best time? CEO of Party Animal Inc., the organisation that markets animal organic gourmet dog food, because orders can’t stop pouring in!
Sex, lies and videotape!
Former front-man of the hit boy band 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey, is busy waving his finger at tabloids at their attempt to publish highly explicit photos of the hunk and his sweetheart, Vanessa Minnillo, in the act. The latest issue of Life & Style has featured real steamy photographs of the celebrity couple, which got them flustered. Their attorney has stated that the photos were a malicious act and were taken illegally. But the question here is, why do celebrities always get down and dirty in the most vulnerable of places? Food for thought, eh?
Third time lucky?
The past years have seen the prodigious actor Leonardo DiCaprio, come within inches of bagging the coveted Best Actor Oscar, only to be left clapping in the crowds as the real winner holds the gold statuette. But this time, Leonardo is determined to bring home the Academy Award as he has signed a thriller movie, along with Russell Crowe, called Body of Lies. It has been scripted by, William Manohan (He bagged an Oscar for The Departed) and promises to be a complete thrill ride. We are keeping our fingers crossed, Leo.
The big fish is set to leave the water
The legendary Australian swimmer and Olympic champion, Ian Thorpe do Thorpe is set to pull the plug on his career by retiring early. He is taking this step at the height of his career to help people know the perils of climate change. He stated that the coral reefs were becoming over bleached and the forests in Tasmania were becoming of old growth. In a documentary called Fish Out Of Water, Thorpe takes the viewer on a tour around the Australian landscape where the effects of climate change were very obvious. Surely, Thorpe would set records here too.

Hermione ending her magic spell?

The pretty damsel, who can create havoc with a wave of her wand on-screen, is flustered with the way the show was run during the making of The Order of the Phoenix and threatened to walk out of the seven movie contract. Emma Watson, who is better known as miss-know-it-all Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, was reported to have asked the Director David Yates, whether there was a need to take each shot at least 30 times. To which the Director replied, “Yes”. We bet even she doesn’t have a magic spell to get out of this.
Sunny will have the last laugh
The old-timer from Bollywood is all set to take the road less travelled. The eldest of the band of brothers will be soon seen in a comedy movie trying to tickle the funny bone of the audiences. Being directed by the king of comedy, David Dhawan, this laugh riot will also star Salman Khan besides Sunny Deol himself. Since it will be an in-house production, fans of the yesteryear’s angry young man can be assured that the film will be nothing short of extravagant. Keep it up boy! Hope all have the last laugh with the movie and not at it.
Tony & Eva’s eve of fun!
It’s a matter of days before the sexy diva, ahem, Eva Longoria takes vows with her long time beau Tony Parker this weekend in a romantic French castle. The Desperate Housewives star was recently overheard in a very exclusive his and her bachelor party that she feels she dreamt of the big day all her life. The star couple has planned a very private affair for the most important day of their lives, with only 30 couples invited and, interestingly, the list doesn’t include the couple’s parents. So if you have not made it to the list, don’t feel that bad!

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Himalayan bouquet! - Uttarakhand

As you walk Uttaranchalpast the flowery trails on to this bed of blossoms and start feeling that you’re trespassing some supernatural abode that doesn’t belong to this world, know that you are in the Valley of Flowers! Set approximately at 3,700 metres from sea level in the Himalayan range of the Garhwal Hills in Uttarakhand, the fascinating valley has a world of exoticism andUttarakhand mystique hidden in its heart, not to mention the hundreds of flowering plant species playing magic on mind and sight…

The Valley of Flowers was discovered in 1932, when an English mountaineer, author and botanist, Frank Sydney Smythe (or Smith) when he lost his way backFlower in Uttarakhand after successfully completing his expedition at Mount Kamat and stumbled onto this Eden! So enchanted was he with the mesmerising beauty of the place that he camped there for several weeks, exploring the flora, fauna and the natural splendour he’d never seen before… and captured his experience in the book, The Valley of Flowers that he authored some years later and made this magnificent meadow known to the world. Reinstating world’s penchant for the enigmatic flower dale was when a known botanist from Edinburgh, Joan Margaret Legge, was deputed into the Valley of Flowers, not very long after. Unfortunately, she lost balance from the slopes and lost her life, but the Psalm 121 inscribed on a marble stone on her grave, states, Valley of Flower“I shall lift my eyes up to Himalayas from whence cometh my help”, has become one of the highlights, apart from the buds and blossoms… Legend also has it that it is the same region from where Lord Hanuman collected the revitalizing ‘Sanjeevani’ herbs for Lakshman…

Teeming with life, a glistening streamValley of Flower in Uttarakhand flowing in close proximity to the shining, silvery mountain peaks, each blade of grass covered in dew and every flower emanating a balmy scent in the chilly weather… And even though it all sounds divine, the verdant jewel so unveils its magic Valley of Flower Uttaranchalevery summer (June – August), making it an astounding and extraordinary abode to get away from the everyday hustle-bustle of civilisation!

Nestled away in the quaint and serene foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Ananda – In the Himalayas, makes for one of the most exquisite destination for spa resorts both in India and abroad. With its sole commitment to reinstate balance and harmony of the mind, body and soul combine, this lap of ultimate luxury is sure to revitalise each ofAnanda in Uttaranchal your senses, offering an experience that is bound to be remembered for a lifetime!

THE VIEW: Situated in 100 acres of virgin forests, around 260 kms from New Delhi, the rejuvenating resort duly provides breathtaking views of the Ganga and the lush mountains . . .

ARCHI TYPE: Built around Hotels in Uttarakhand(Uttaranchal)a maharaja’s palace estate, the spa cum resort is a restored palace of the viceroy. Replete with deluxe rooms, suites and villas, 21,000 square foot of spa, treatment rooms and a plethora of beauty and rejuvenation therapy centres to name only a few, add to the grandeur of the place.

BON APPÉTIT: YogWhere the very purpose of the abode is to invigorate, how can food be left behind? And the choices are immense. You can dine at The Restaurant and get your taste buds come alive with the appropriately named Ananda Rejuvenation Cuisine, or at the Pavilion, the Winter Garden, the Palace Lounge or the Hill Theatre.

AROUND THE CORNER: Located close to the holy town of Rishikesh, in the Yog in Uttaranchal(Uttarakhand)palace confines in the small town of Narendra Nagar, not very far from Delhi, the place provides ample opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, white water rafting and elephant photo safari at the Chilla National Park, located close by.

FROM UNDER THE CARPET: If a chartered helicopter ride is too steep for your purse, getting there can be a bit of trouble.

IN ESSENCE: Rejuvenation revisited!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Beauty for the beasts!

When a Playmate gets serious about saving the Bunnies...
Pamela Anderson has perhaps been the world’s ‘biggest’ babe ever since C.J. arrived on Baywatch and began running, in slow motion. Where in the past year we saw a Kazakhstani – Borat – fall in love withpAMELA aNDERSON Pam and travel across the United States for her, this year we will see her reprising the role of a blonde, in Blonde and Blonder. But in between her professional commitments, Pamela Anderson has spared precious time for a cause she truly believes in. From promoting vegetarianism to fi ghting for her furry friends, this PETA activist’s messages have reached out to audiences worldwide. Th e sexy Playmate talks of her crusade in this B&E Special.

When and why did you join PETA?
I have been active with PETA since the early ’90s. Because of the popularity of Baywatch, I knew that I could use my fame to draw attention to – and help stop – cruelty to animals. So I bombarded them with letters until they took me on board!

What was the one incident that made you sit up and take notice of animal rights?
My crusade started when I was 10 years old and I walked into the shed behind our house on Vancouver Island, Canada, right aft er my dad had returned from a hunting trip. I opened the door, looked up, and there, hanging upside down, was a once-beautiful deer, her fur and body drenched in blood. I remember shrieking and running as fast as I could. I made a vow then to try to stop the needless suff ering of animals. I knew that I had a mission, and I wanted to make a diff erence.

What have been your eff orts to further the cause both in your daily personal life and to make others aware?
For starters, I never eat meat. And I don’tPamela Anderson buy leather shoes or fur-trimmed jackets or buy lipstick that was tested by blinding rabbits. It’s not hard, it just means being aware of what I’m buying and supporting, learning which cosmetics brands are cruelty-free, and reading labels to fi nd pleather – not leather – boots and bags. I really believe in teaching by example: If others can look at me and see how easy it is to take simple steps to reduce suff ering, they’ll be inspired to make kind choices too.

How is it possible for you to make a style statement without contributing to animal ill treatment?
My friend Stella McCartney doesn’t use a stitch of fur, leather, or merino wool in her designs. Th at’s the trend: Th e most innovative designers are refusing to work with animal skins, and they’re proving that it’s easy to create a look that kills without killing animals.

Do you plan to visit India to campaign for PETA?
Not currently but you never know!
What’s your opinion on the recent boycott of the Indian leather industry by Kenneth Cole and Liz Claiborne?
I applaud these kind companies – both of which are major retailers in the United States – for taking a stand against cruelty, and I predict that others will follow as they learn more about the suff ering caused by India’s leather trade. During PETA’s investigations, they have seen animals transported in suff ocating conditions: Fift een to 20 cows, or more, are crammed into trucks meant to hold only fi ve or six. Many animals die en route. Animals who are too sick or injured to walk are dragged and beaten. At municipal slaughterhouses, animals are slaughtered in full view of each other, which is illegal, and cows look helplessly on as their companions slowly bleed to death.

Unless the industry takes immediate steps to reduce this suffering, I’m sure that other retailers and designers – as well as caring consumers around the world – will also stop buying leather from India. We have so many other choices these days. Th ere was a time when animal abuse in the skin trade, and other industries for that matter, went unchallenged, but more and more people are willing to take a stand and boycott cruelly produced produPamela Anderson Leects.

How do you manage your career while battling hepatitis?
I feel great – thanks to my healthy lifestyle and vegetarian diet. But animal rights is my passion, so I’d like to keep the focus on animals and what people can do to help them. I do hope that your readers will learn more about these issues and how small changes, like buying non-leather shoes or eating more vegetarian meals, can make a world of diff erence to animals. I think we all have the responsibility to choose on the side of compassion whenever possible, because the animals don’t have a choice.

How long have you been a vegetarian? How has it benefi ted you? People find it tough to reconcile that a sexy actor like you sports a vegetarian lifestyle! Comment.
I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a teenager. Being a vegetarian is what keeps me feeling sexy! A meat-based diet is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, which packs on pounds and makes you feel sluggish, but a vegetarian diet is healthy and slimming, and of course humane.

One of the most controversial things you’ve done is posing nude in Stella McCartney’s boutique window. What was it like? Did you feel weird being stared at, or was it worth it? How did the organisation benefi t?
If a cause is important to me, I’ll do whatever it takes to make a diff erence. And I think that actions like posing nude in Stella’s store window, where we re-created PETA’s “We’d Rather Bare Skin Th an Wear Skin” ad campaign, are very powerful. Th ey make people take notice, and that’s what’s needed – to get people to look, think, and take action. Posing nude can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it’s nothing compared to what the animals killed for their fur go through.

What do you feel about celebrities wearing fur?
It’s terrible when stars like J Lo and Beyoncé wear fur – I worry that their Pamela Anderson Leeyoung fans will see them and not think about the cruelty that goes into every fur coat or piece of fur trim.

Fortunately, thanks to groups like PETA, more and more people are thinking about these issues. Most of us now know that animals killed for fur suff er horribly – they are skinned alive, clubbed to death, crushed in steel-jaw traps, and genitally electrocuted, sometimes just for a little trim on a coat collar. In China, even cats and dogs are routinely bludgeoned, hanged, or strangled with wire nooses, so that their fur can beturned into trim and trinkets.

Th ese days, with so many choices available to us, there’s just no excuse for wearing real fur. If you don’t wear fur, please talk to others, so they’ll know why you made your compassionate decision. We all have to do our part to put this cruel industry out of business.

What do you think is the biggest learning you’ve had from your lifestyle? Do your children understand your philosophy? How important is it for children to know this?
I’ve learned that one person can make a huge diff erence for animals just by forgoing meat, leather, and other animal products. My boys understand this because I’ve taught them kindness and respect for animals and have raised them to make compassionate choices. I think that it’s important to teach kids empathy for animals, because kids naturally love animals and if they knew how they suff ered before they were turned into burgers or a belt, they’d never eat meat or wear leather again.

In what other ways can you spread the message?
Well, as you know, I’ve done numerous actions with PETA to help get the word out. I traded in my red Baywatch swimsuit for a lettuce-leaf bikini for an ad promoting vegetarianism. I’ve narrated exposés of the leather trade in India and the meat industry in the US. Earlier this year, I spearheaded a petition drive against the annual seal hunt in Canada, where baby seals are still beaten bloody on the ice for their fur. I’ve fi red off letters, posed for posters, called on designers to create animal-friendly fashions, and even written an opinion piece for Th e Wall Street Journal, urging advertising executives to stop using unwilling animal actors to sell products.

Everyone can do their part – whether it’s something as bold as attending a demonstration or as simple as making a vegetarian meal for a loved one. Every little bit helps – the important thing is to just do something.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Jolie’s looking for a bachelorette pad?

Angelina Jolie has fuelled speculation that a split from beau Brad Pitt is on the cards after she was spotted house hunting forAngelina Jolie a ‘bachelorette pad’ in Los Angeles.

The Oscar winner dropped in alone to view a one million pounds, Mediterranean-style villa in the Laurel Canyon enclave after dropping her older kids off at pre-school. Owner Wolfgang Wind admitted that it was strange that Jolie had come to see the place all by herself. “It was very strange because it was just her; no bodyguard, no assistant, no nanny, no kids – and no Brad,” a website quoted a source as saying. “I had no idea who the potential buyer was until I saw her. She was driving a black SUV with blacked-out windows. She looked quite frail and extremely thin. She was very flattering and said the house was extremely nice and I’m hoping she’ll make an offer,” he added. The newly remodelled, quarter-acre villa set on a 2,000 sq ft property, is located high in the rustic Hollywood Hills on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The pad comes equipped with an outdoor rock pool, but, inside, it has only three bedrooms – a master suite and two smaller ones.

Scary Spice’s hubby is in trouble again

Cops in New Jersey are looking for Scary Spice Melanie Brown’s new hubby Stephen Belafonte for bludgeoning a duck to death. Melanie BrownThe 32-year-old admitted to killing the duck, a mallard, with a brick outside his house in Point Pleasant, but instead of paying the 300 pounds court fine, he fled to Los Angeles. An Ocean County court spokeswoman revealed that a warrant has now been issued in the name of Belafonte, and if he enters the state again, he will be arrested. “A warrant has been issued over unpaid fines and costs relating to an animal control offense. He will be arrested if he returns to the area,” a website quoted her as saying. The revelation comes just days after it was revealed that Belafonte once beat up the mother of his three-year old daughter on a “drunk, retarded night.” He was arrested but escaped during the jail time when the judge ordered him to undergo a domestic violence programme.

Timberlake and Biel to live-in?

Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake has reportedly asked ladylove Jessica Biel to move in with him.The couple has been dating for the past eight months, and a source revealed to a magazine that Timberlake is now ready to have his girlfriend living with him. According to the insider, Jessica and Justin will start living together as soon as he finishes with his tour in September. “They think it’s the next logical step,” the mag quoted the insider, as saying. However, the one thing they can’t seem to agree on, is where they will be staying, for while Justin wants to relocate to NY, Jessica wants him to move in with her into her LA home so that they can be close to the ocean.

Men don’t ask me out: Dannii

Australian singer, the 36-year-old Dannii Minogue insists that being single is the only thing that annoys her. The singer-fashion designer, who was married to Julian McMahon in Dannii Minogue 1994-1995, said that men do not ask her out “Men don’t ask me out! I wish they did, but they don’t. I’m probably a little bit more of a stay-at-home person than I should be. I’ve got too comfortable because I can easily be in my own company,” a newspaper quoted her, as saying. “I would love to find the one. Really and truly, for the past two years I’ve been thinking, there’s one thing missing in my life, and I would love someone to be there to share stuff with. I just wish he’d fall out of the sky next to me. Can you order the perfect man?” she asked. As regarding to her ideal match, the younger sister of pop icon Kylie Minogue prefers a gentleman with sensibility and old-fashioned style. “I do absolutely love a gentleman, someone with an old-fashioned style and sensibility and someone I can really talk to,” she said. “It would be a nice time to meet someone. It would upset me if I met someone much later in life and thought, ‘Oh God, I’ve missed out on spending all those years with you.’ I want to share my life and my family with someone,” she added. Dannii also said that she was devastated when her marriage did not work out. She said that she has never thought about having children. “But I’m running out of time,” she said.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ramu accommodates Mrs. Thakur

Kabhi Suchitra Krishnamoorthy Haan Kabhi Naa star and Shekhar Kapur’s ex-wife Suchitra Krishnamoorthy will return to the silver screen in Ram Gopal Varma’s version of yesteryears hit Sholay, titled Ram Gopal Varma ke Sholay, where she would be playing Thakur’s wife. Interestingly, the original version did not have this character and it sure will be a Chunauti for this damsel to portray the role so as to make it just as legendary as the rest of its cast. With Suchitra choosing a mature role for a comeback, all we can hope is that, like wine, time has only benefitted this lass too.

Amping up the ramp!
To many,Saif Ali Khan it might sound as an extension of their job, but if the man in the thick of it – Pataudi Jr. – is to be believed, then he is quite nervous about his maiden walk down the ramp. Saif is due to debut on the ramp, for endorsing a fashion brand, in a show to be choreographed by Mehr Jessia. Though Saif couldn’t make it as a cricketer, he could still learn a few tricks from Pataudi Sr., for Mansoor Ali in his heydays did carry a fair bit of panache on and off the ramp, easily overshadowing the current crop of cricketers and actors.

Dunst is no Miss Muffet!
WhetherMiss Muffet Spider-Man 3 left you thrilled or simply bored, the third installment of this most-loved super-hero flick did set cash registers ringing with over $140 million in its first weekend collection. Now, we’re unaware whether Tobey or Ms. Dunst are up for the next one, but if the leading lady of the movie had her way, then the next version of the movie would be more of a horror flick that would have the couple having eight children, symbolic of the number of spider legs! While the cast for the next movie remains a mystery as yet, let’s hope Sam Raimi is not listening to Mary Jane harp about her maternal dreams!
Meet Ms. ‘Sen’sible
With a Konkona Sen Sharma,promising line-up of films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Planman Motion Pictures’ Sunglass and Life in a... Metro, things are looking pretty buoyant for Konkona Sen Sharma, especially after missing out on Mira Nair’s The Namesake. Quiz her on her choice of films and she quips on how it depends on the director, his vision and his financial backup to transform his vision into reality that gets a nod or a nay from the lady. Well, here’s one lady who knows how to play her cards...

The Game continues!
Curtis Jackson, Curtis Jackson,better known as 50 Cent, insists there is no ‘Game’ going on between him and the The Documentary rapper. According to reports, the rapper was furious with Compton rapper, The Game, when he didn’t give 50 Cent due credits on his album, for which he claimed to have penned six songs. The rift emerged in 2005 and much has transpired since, but now 50 Cent says that the fallout is a one-way deal and has nothing to do with him, for he has his own commercial interests in mind. For The Game works for him and the more his albums sell the mo’ money 50 Cent makes!

Pregnant with hope
British supermodel Kate MossKate Moss is anxious to start a family with beau Pete Doherty. The dainty lady already has a four-year-old child from her previous liaison with Jefferson Hack – editor and co-founder of Dazed & Confused – while Pete Doherty – member of the band Babyshambles, known for his drug dalliances and frequent visits to rehabs – has a son from his previous love Lisa Moorish. Back on track, professionally and even cocaine free, Moss sure seems ready to go down the path of motherhood once again.

Christina does a favour
From essaying Christina Ricciroles as a child artist in movies Casper, Now and Then, Stand by Me, to playing roles as an adult actress in movies such as Sleepy Hollow, The Ice Storm or The Opposite of Sex, Christina Ricci has played her characters impeccably! Whilst other Hollywood beauties sign handsome deals with reputed product makers to represent them as their brand ambassadors, Ricci is set to represent the Abuse, Incest and Rape network by meeting members from the United States Congress and discuss issues related to sexual abuse and victimisation of women. Considering her proclivity for precision, we are certain Christina would essay this new role to perfection too!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

‘No porn roles for Jes,’ says dad

Jessica Simpson might be having one of the sexiest bodies in Hollywood, but her dad is firm that she will not bare all for the camera. Joe Simpson, Jessica’s father and manager, revealed that his daughter turned down a film role recently because it required her to play a porn star. “The last script that came to us was for Jessica to be a porn star,” a magazine quoted him, as saying. “We were promised we would win an Oscar with that. I was like, ‘Eh, we’ll just buy a statue of a little man and keep our clothes on,’” he added. Joe also divulged that the Dukes of Hazzard actress has been receiving quirky TV-show proposals “everyday.” “We’re pitched those a lot. There are a lot of cool ones, and a lot of really strange ones,” he said.
Jenna Jameson turns comic strip heroine
The Queen of Porn actress Jenna Jameson is set to become the star of a ‘no nudity’ comic strip Shadow Hunter. The American actress, who has appeared in more than 200 X-rated films will portray a superheroine fighting with the villains in a comic-book series. The magazines bosses claim that there won’t be a skin show except the actress’ knuckles and a bit of cleavage. However, it looks like Jameson’s plans are a bit different. “Working with comics is creatively liberating – everything is possible. My character is sultry, sexy and kicks everyone,” a website quoted 30-year-old Jameson, as saying. Publisher Sharad Devarajan believes that Jameson is “an entrepreneur who is taking the taboo to the mainstream and has built an industry around her brand.” The 144-page book will hit the market in June next year. Jameson, however, is extremely excited to play the new role, which would possibly change her ‘image’.
Salman: Wanted dead or alive in Bangkok
After making us roll with laughter in Partner, Salman Khan we hear has landed in the Thai capital after a show in Kenya to shoot for Boney Kapoor’s remake of the hit South movie Pokhri, which we heard is called Wanted: Dead And Alive. No prizes for guessing who is playing the lead role! Salman, we hear is excited about the role. His friends informed that Sallu had seen some excerpts of the film Pokhri and was keen to play a role in it. “Besides, Salman is very fond of Bangkok and he has numerous fans in the Thai city,” added the source.

Monday, July 30, 2007


Howdee doo hoo my mittheymitthus! It's my third mugga Ethiopian kawah but it's not yet helping me feel up and about this morning.Aishwariya Rai I so wanna zzleep a coupla hours more and now this phone is ringing endlessly Excuse me while I answer this and I hope its worth my while. Hmm, so it does turn out to be well worth the effort and surprisingly, it has also stirred me from my laziness. My jasoos tells me that Aishwarya Rai, oooopsiedoo, I mean Bachchan, can't see eye- to-eye with Lara Dutta. Oooh la la la, I just looove such garam gossu, as one bitchy ac- tress I know, often remarks. Anyway, I'm told the war of the beauties started when Ash dropped in on the sets of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom where her man Abhishek was shooting with the sexy Dutta. And the former Ms Universe was getting too close to AB Junior for Ash's comfortLara Dutta or rather discomfort.

And later on, when the cast and crew got together to party after packing up the day's work, Dutta apparently continued her close proximity to Bachchan. Not one to take things lying down, the possessive Ash is said to have showered verbal stings at Dutta, resulting in a tu tu main main between the two. Although the men worked hard to bring about a peace of sorts, the two women are jaani dushmans today Haai daiyya but I must admit, I'm curious to know where this vishwa sundari- yon ka yuddh is headed. What say?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Abhi-Ash Bash… krazy kiya re!!

It was truly the (Grand) mother of all events! From the time India’s most “eligible bachelor” turned his sexy gaze on the “most beautiful woman in the world” it’s been hype hoopla and hungama all the way. Today Abhishek Bachchan and Ash Rai – oops, Bachchan – are man and wife, but you seriously think you’ve heard the last of them? Visit your friendly neighbourhood shrink people, because you ain’t heard – or seen – nothin’yet! Act II is about to begin with the feedbacks, reactions, observations, and most importantly, speculations! Can the gorgeous free-spirited super-star ever hope to fit into (allegedly) “Mama’s boys” life with confidence... into the (now-traditional, now new-age) Bachchan sansar with the required orthodox, lowkey, persona desired? While marketers are busy toting up a figure to gauge the collective worth of the brand Bachchan – last estimated at Rs.7 billion – the moot question is: Has the media finally lost it, in its self-appointed role as stalker & paparazzi on an over-drive?

Lowe’s Priti Nair believes that the frenzy has as much to do with the over-hyped times we live in as the significance of the event itself. “It’s tragic to see the depth Breaking News has nosedived to. A while ago – I am not kidding – it proudly trumpetted the price of onions. Imagine!” All the sickening and boring details, flashed & printed ad nauseam, Nair believes, is the new disease – the celebration of trivia and it has as much to do with the dumbing down of the media as fierce competition blitzes the media space. This results in mass frenzy, making mountains of molehills and some really “creative” spins designed to grab eyeballs & get a leg-up in rat race.

One of the Mumbai’s most celebrated theatre directors (No, not the one ‘n’ only AP, for chrissake!) offers his take. “There can be no greater icon in the history of Bollywood than AB, right? When his son – today a rising star in his own right – decides to marry the most beautiful, glamorous and hot-ticket star in Bollywood, c’mon, it’s a pre-sold knock-out event! Naturally, the media would go ga-ga. Instead of a blanket ban (causing them to go ballistic), wouldn’t it have been so much better if they were allocated some time to shoot their pictures and clear out?” he reasons.

True! By excluding the media and using security to take care of the VIP guests – and inadvertently rough them up! – the Bachchans mucked it up. Interestingly, it was this very same Mr. Bachchan who, a few months ago, went to the media with a full page ad endorsing his son’s Guru to the skies. “Close friends and family are all very well as are cute speeches about the rationale that defined his actions in the media. I think selective memory and exploiting the media, when required, is also not a great act. I am very disappointed,” he adds.
Brunch – has difficulty breathing when the issue is brought up! When we eventually manage to tear her away from watching POGO Channel, she somewhat recovers and begins to talk. “Guys, we are all up to our ears with the AbhiAsh thing and have decided, in principle, to shove any news related to the golden couple in the deep freeze for at least a couple of months. Which is why, I am staying away from all news channels and concentrating on POGO! Bas, bahut ho gaya, yaar!”

Poonam – a hard-core showbiz journo of many years – admits that it’s big stuff, but genuinely feels that the channels and publications overestimated the news value of the event and went insane flashing it 24X7. “It’s like this. After a point, even the most curious and excited fan gets fed-up of seeing the same boring visuals, flashed repeatedly across all channels. Why this madness? I guess it has to do with the insecurity of channels... This is hot stuff and they don’t want to miss a beat, in case another channel gets that sudden, unexpected and winning dramatic visual of the Big B, Jaya or the newly-wedded couple that instantly allows them to surge ahead. Scary huh?”

So, at the end of the day, what gives? It’s a tricky question. Traditionally, worldwide, the celeb-media face-off has always been combustible, a love-hate relationship with each feeding off the other. Increasingly, the thin line between private (no entry) and public (welcome) are blurring with the media, insisting that the celebs owe them one. While the Bachchans maintain that they have every right to hold a “small private wedding” to which the me- dia is not invited, critics aver that their pre-historic and regressive antics – temple-hopping, tree-wedding, astro-craze on one hand, and limited edition, starry designer functions with the newly-wedded couple rocking to the chartbusting Kajra-re on the other, makes a mockery of the whole thing. The simple truth is that celebrities are public property created, promoted, and in some fashion, owned by the media. Today, media has assumed the proportion of a Frankenstein and when towering mega-stars (who live in the public eye) suddenly decide to play coy and shut them off in an event that has swept most local, national and international news... Baby, you’re asking for trouble!

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