Friday, November 21, 2008

Ggetting Dippyabout Deepika

Deepika Padukone is a veritable buzz factory. Possessing a face that has launched dozens of advertising campaigns, along with a monster blockbuster movie, this 22-year -old seems destined to rule Bollywood. TSI’s Gauri Pratap Singh caught up with the latest teen sex symbol (see survey) to talk about love, life and cinema.
Did you ever imagine that you would get a chance to make your debut opposite SRK?
Honestly, I did not think it would be with SRK…as a matter of fact, I thought I would never do movies. I just wanted to make it big in modelling and maybe do some interior designing. However, I started to get offers to act, and then Farah offered me OSO. On a whim I decided to give it a shot. I could have not asked for anything better than to have Farah direct me and for SRK to be my co-star.
Your dad belongs to a sports background and you were a state level badminton player. Tell us how did modelling happen? How supportive was your family?
I had a friend whose mother was a modeling coordinator and she used to come to school often to drop her off. It was there that she saw me and suggested to my mother that I should do few campaigns. I was in high school and my parents, after some initial hesitation, were also okay with it.
They believe that it’s really important to do what one enjoys doing. They never forced me to play badminton or even to take it up professionally. I was always given the freedom to pick the career of my choosing.
You have modelled for the Kingfisher Calendar, which is a little risqué. How did your family react?
My parents have given me good morals and values and apart from that, they trust me that I would do the right kind of work. Also, I did the swimsuit shoot because I was very fit at that time and I blindly trusted Atul Kasbekar (the photographer). Moreover, I think that the calendar was shot in a very classy manner.
You are one of those few ladies in tinseltown who has a perfect figure. How much effort does it take to maintain your body? Do you enjoy working out?
Honestly, I don’t work out at all. However, I need to start working out because I am putting on a little weight. Chocolates are my weakness, this is something I’ll never be able to give up.
Tell us about your first shot with SRK? You must have been very nervous.
I was very nervous initially, but it was very nice of Farah to have introduced me to Shahrukh and the others, before we started shooting. Farah made sure that I met Sharukh a lot of times so that I get comfortable with him...they all have so much experience and I’ve got to learn a lot from both of them. Farah also spaced out my scenes and shots in a way that I had less dialogues initially, the tougher scenes where left for later.
Tell us what was your first dialogue?
“Kutte kamine, bhagwan ke liye mujhe chhodh de.” (laughs)
Controversies always follow a public figure. How much do they disturb you?
Frankly, it doesn’t bother me at all. Enough tamasha has been made out of my personal life. Beyond a point, you just stop reading these things. You get used to it. The way I look at it, media has been nice enough to write good things about me as far as my work is concerned. So it’s okay. Talking about your link ups with Dhoni, Yuvraj and Ranbir Kapoor...which one is true? These things are bound to happen. If two famous people are seen together more than twice, they are linked. In Dhoni’s case, I don’t see how if I am his favourite actress or if he has a crush on me, can give the media the wrong ideas. With respect to Yuvraj, a lot of things have been said. All I want to say is that I have moved on and am happy where I am today and don’t want to talk about it anymore.
Now you’re in a relationship with Ranbir; how did that happen?
We got to know each other during a movie shoot We spent a lot of time together getting to know each other. Ultimately it blossomed into a relationship. It was beautiful, because we were friends first and then we fell in love.Almost every model dreams of entering the beauty pageants. We’ve had quite a few examples in our country. What are your thoughts on that?
For me, I always wanted to be India’s supermodel with out being a part of any beauty pageant, and I think to some extent I have managed to achieve it.
You have had an experience with modelling and acting. Which field do you prefer more? What advice would you like to give to those girls who plan to enter this field?
Both the industries are very different. If you are a part of a movie, you are living a character for minimum six months or a year. In a modelling campaign however, there is no such connection, you walk a ramp and it gets over in one day and for an advertisement it’s about two days and then you move on. Movies require a lot more time and effort and they stay with you for the rest of your life. From the outside, this world looks very glamorous and rosy, but it’s very challenging mentally, emotionally and physically. Therefore, enter this field if you think you’re ready for all that.
How do your parents react to the Deepika Padukone phenomenon? It’s certainly a new scheme of things for them.
They are very proud and happy. It’s new for them, and for me as well. Moreover, I always consult with them and try to keep them well informed.
You had entered the glamour world at a very young age. Were there any instances when you were taken for granted or maybe someone tried to take advantage of you, considering that you were a novice?
Never. I think this whole ‘casting couch’ thing, or whatever it is that you are talking about, depends on the way you carry yourself and how much are you willing to compromise. If you carry yourself in a dignified way and set boundaries early, there is no way that someone will get any wrong ideas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Village in Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand)

Khaali Dhaiyna-Khala Gaon(Uttarakhand)

Village:- Khala Gaon, P.O.:- Chandoli Malli, Dist.:- Pauri, Uttarakhand-246276
Village:- Khala Gaon,Post Office:- Malli Chandoli, Dist:- Pauri (Uttarakhand)PIN:- 246276

Jirdhaari Mahakaali Mandir, Khala Gaon

Ravindra Singh Rawat's Home

My Sweet Home(My Birth Place)

View of Khala Gaon from Dhaar

Temple of Pipla Sain Near Khatligad River(Khatalgad), Khaatli
View of Village Thaapla and Kamdai

View of River Naayaar View of Khala Gaon and Taili Pakholi from Village Kanda Malla
Jhindhi Dhaiyan(Near Village Chandoli Malli)
Another view of River NayaarView of Village Sili Pakholi and Little view of Village Maithana

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Teen pregnancies tied to tastes for sexy TV shows

GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behaviour compared with those who have tamer viewing tastes. Sex and the City, anyone? That was one of the shows used in the research. The new study is the first to link those viewing habits with teen pregnancy, said lead author Anita Chandra, a Rand Corp. Behavioural scientist. Teens who watched the raciest shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years as those who watched few such programmes. Previous research by some of the same scientists had already found that watching lots of sex on TV can influence teens to have sex Hum Ladkiyan on Sony Indiaat earlier ages. Shows that only highlight the positive aspects of sexual behaviour without the risks can lead teens to have unprotected sex "before they're ready to make responsible and informed decisions," Chandra said. The study was released in the November issue of Pediatrics. It involved 2,003 12- to 17-year-old girls and boys nationwide questioned by telephone about their TV viewing habits in 2001. Teens were re-interviewed twice, the last time in 2004, and asked about pregnancy Among girls, 58 became pregnant during the follow-up, and among boys, 33 said they had gotten a girl pregnant. Participants were asked how often they watched any of more than 20 TV shows popular among teens at the time or which were found to have lots of sexual content. These included Sex and the City, That 70s Show and Friends

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Katrina Kaif

Kartina was born and brought up in London to an NRI Father and a British Mother. Her father is originally from Kashmir. When she was doing modeling in London, she came to the notice of filmmaker Kaizad Gustad and snapped an important role in his film ‘Boom’. Katrina then decided to take acting as her full-fledged career and shifted her base to Mumbai.With her gorgeous face and hourglass figure, Katrina was flooded with modeling assignments in Mumbai. However, filmmakers were hesitant to sign her because of her linguistic shortcomings. She was even signed for Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Saaya’ but later dropped from the project due to her poor Hindi.
Katrina Kaif Filmography
  • De Dhana Dhan ( Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif)
  • New York ( John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Katrina Kaif)
  • Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani ( Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif)
  • Blue ( Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Zayed Khan, Katrina Kaif)
  • Yuvvraaj ( Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor)
  • Hello ( Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Isha Koppikar, Gul Panag, Amrita Arora, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif)
  • Singh Is Kinng ( Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Sonu Sood, Om Puri, Neha Dhupia, Javed Jaffrey)Race ( Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy)
  • Welcome ( Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Feroz Khan)
  • Partner ( Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Govinda, Lara Dutta)
  • Apne ( Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Dharmendra, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Kiron Kher)
  • Namastey London ( Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rishi Kapoor, Upen Patel, Javed Sheikh)
  • Balram Vs Tara Das ( Mammootty, Katrina Kaif)
  • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye ( Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Bipasha Basu, Bhagyashree)
  • Sarkar ( Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay, Katrina Kaif)
  • Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya ( Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sushmita Sen, Arshad Warsi)
  • Boom ( Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Katrina Kaif, Padma Lakshmi, Madhu Sapre, Gulshan Grover)

Professor Arindam Chaudhuri's India Today Tomorrow Article

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