Randeep Hooda shocks yet again

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Randeep Hooda is a true chameleon when it comes to transformation and he’s in a league of his own. If you’re wondering what this picture is all about, here’s the low down. This picture was taken when Randeep was shooting for Do Lafzon Ki Kahani late last year. He had  bulked up, putting on weight and muscles for his role in the film. And then, from this physique he had to shed oodles of weight for his character in Sarbjit. All this in a span of 20 days. And he did it, surviving on almost nothing to eat or drink. And now, he’s leaner but getting back to achieve this hot bod again. Phew!

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Rapid fire with Tigmanshu Dhulia

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Who is your closest friend from the industry?

Irrfan Khan.

Among your contemporary directors, who are your favourites?

I like the works of Dibakar Banerjee, Sriram Raghavan and Abhishek Kapoor.

And who are your favourite actors from the current lot?

I like Ranbir Kapoor since Saawariya and Ranveer was so good in Bajirao Mastani. Among the actresses, Deepika Padukone is excellent.

One film you wish you had directed?

Haider.

Three things we don’t know about Tigmanshu Dhulia?

I’m a great cook and I recently made a nice bengali style prawn curry. I’m obsessed with the wildlife and I like visiting Jim Corbett National Park. I can sing and play the guitar.

Critical acclaim or box-office success?

I want box-office success but not at the cost of people saying I made a bad film. I want a good film to do well. Main gaaliyo se darta hoon. (Smiles)

Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor to debut soon

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While the word is out that Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara was reportedly dating a heavy duty politician’s grandson, we are more interested in the fact that she’s also readying up for her film debut. Film circles are abuzz with Dharma Productions launching her. We also hear another star kid is too readying to make her debut. That’s none other than Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi who has already started going through the grind of acting, diction and dance classes! Ah! Such fun.

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Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan join Kamal Haasan in America

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It’s a reunion of sorts for the Haasans. Both siblings, Shruti Haasan and her sister Akshara, will be joining dad Kamal Haaaan in America on the sets of Sabaash daddy. While Shruti plays a pivotal character in the film, Akshara will be a gofer helping in the production and gently being daddy’s lil girl on the set while her next film in Hindi gets ready to hit theatres. So sweet!

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Rohit Shetty and Sajid-Farhad split?

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Rohit Shetty and Sajid-Farhad split?

The superhit jodi of director Rohit Shetty and writer duo Sajid-Farhad has split. Their last film together was Dilwale. Sources reveal that Sajid and Farhad are busy with their own films – the latest being Housefull 3 – and hence are unable to give time to Rohit. Consequently, Rohit has approached Milap Jhaveri to write his next film.

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Shahid Kapoor talks about his next release Udta Punjab

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Shahid Kapoor talks about his next release Udta Punjab

Shahid Kapoor is excited about his next release Udta Punjab and believes it’s his career’s best performance. Talking about the film he said, “It’s about four characters and their struggle with themselves and their journey in life. These four people could exist anywhere in the world not just Punjab. For Haider, Kashmir was the backdrop. Similarly, for Udta Punjab, Punjab is the backdrop. But the emotions that these four characters go through are universal as they indulge in substance abuse.” He clarifies further, “I’m using the word ‘substance’ and not ‘drugs’ because there’s a difference. What’s a drug and what is not a drug is up for discussion. But when you say substance abuse it talks about being dependent on an external consumable product.” Point noted Shahid.

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Abhishek Bachchan will soon be seen in the comedy series Housefull 3. Here he talks all things funny

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Abhishek Bachchan will soon be seen in the comedy series Housefull 3. Here, he talks all things funny

 It’s said yours is a grand entry in Housefull 3…

I had fun doing the introduction scene. When I first heard the script, I said yes, immediately.  In the recent past, the amount of people who have asked me about Housefull 3 releasing has left me surprised. I wasn’t aware there’s such a huge fan following for the franchise. First in line is my nephew Agastya Nanda. What’s nice is that it’s a clean, good-hearted, family film. I loved the premise of the film and my character. It’s a full dhamaal film. Akshay (Kumar), Riteish (Deshmukh) and I had a blast making it. 

What’s the fun of doing a comedy?

There is nothing fun doing comedy. That’s the irony of it. It’s demanding. I find it tough. The good thing about comedy is you can have a lot of fun doing it because you have to have that atmosphere around. If your approach to doing a comic scene is the same as you approach a dramatic scene, it’s going to be boring. The vibe while shooting should be fun.  When you are shooting a slapstick comedy or a situational comedy, your energy levels have to be up. You can’t get away with pen humor.

So did Akshay, Riteish and you pull pranks on each other?

Thak gaya hun yaar main ye prank prank prank. Nobody plays pranks all the time. Whilst doing comedy the atmosphere has to be fun. The actor can’t get serious about it saying, main character mein ghus raha hoon. Then you won’t be able to do it. Because the work is so stressful, you like to have fun while making the film. That’s what we do.

You’re known for your sense of humour. Does it help on screen?

Am I? Thank you. What I’m in my personal life makes no difference on screen because at the end of the day you have to do what is written for you and play characters that has nothing to do with you as a person. But the good thing about comedy is that if the writing is good, 90 per cent of your job is done. Sajid-Farhad write brilliantly. They did a wonderful job in Bol Bachchan as well. Hence, working with them is never difficult.

What makes Akshay and Riteish special as co-stars?

They are wonderful actors. The way Akki is balancing his career speaks volumes about him as an actor. He can do Airlift and follow it up with Housefull, which is brilliant. For Riteish, to do Housefull and follow it up with Banjo is awesome. I saw the trailer of Banjo. It’s outstanding.

Do you believe in seeing humour in daily life?

Of course, that’s important too. You shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, you should learn to laugh at yourself and find positivity in things.

What next after Housefull 3?

I really don’t know. It’s the first time in my career where I haven’t got anything on hand. There are three scripts that we’ve been working on. But we’re not entirely happy with them. So they’re going to take time before we start filming them.

When stars did something special for their fans

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When stars did something special for their fans

With social media, stars and their fans are more in touch than ever. From AMAs to birthday wishes, stars do quite a bit to connect with those who love them on and off screen. And while we’ve seen many an instance of fans’ love for their stars, whether it’s tattoos or turning their house into a veritable Mecca of their icons, there have been times when our stars too have gone out of the way to do something unusual and truly special for their fans. Take a look…

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Anushka Sharmaâs first look from Phillauri

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Anuskha Sharma is all things beautiful and endearing. Be it her rugged avatar or flaunting her svelte figure in a sensuous dress, Miss Sharma wins us over every single time. And we’re totally loving this new look of hers from the set of  Phillauri. Currently being shot in Patiala, Phillauri is a romcom helmed by Anshai Lal with Anushka and Diljit Dosangh as the leading pair. 

Seen donning a golden lehenga, she stuns us in her Punjab-di-kudi avatar. Give us a moment to get over her charming beauty..

Ever wondered what Priyanka Chopra looked as a teenager?

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Ever wondered what Priyanka Chopra looked as a teenager?

Years before being crowned Miss World and taking the world by storm with her acting chops and unparalleled oomph, Priyanka Chopra was just a normal teenager. And now we’ve got our hands on a picture to prove it.

Author Gunjan Jain has shared a picture of Priyanka in her teen years which will be featured in her upcoming book. The vintage picture shows a carefree Priyanka smiling for the camera as she plays in the snow.

Just goes to show, even though PeeCee never thought of herself as pretty back then, there’s no denying her charming beauty!

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5 reasons why we love Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

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What’s so great about Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? It’s the same old story of a nerdy girl falling for a Casanova boy. Things don’t work out at first but eventually everything falls in place. Having said that, there’s definitely some magic in YJHD that makes this rom-com a modern cult. The scenes, the dialogue, the iconic dance steps… everything about this film is all heart! As the film completes 3 years, we list down 5 reasons why we love YJHD. Take a look…

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Gulzar remembers Sahir

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Gulzar remembers Sahir

Sahir Ludhianvi (1921- 1980) brought poetry to Hindi lyrics. To be more precise, Urdu poetry. And his poetry was not about wine or women. It was tinged with stark realism, even when romantic. Interestingly, Sahir spoke through the protagonists he wrote for. If he was their voice, they were his face…

Like Guru Dutt’s  Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai as the anguished poet in Pyaasa (1957) was said to have mirrored Sahir’s unrequited love and disillusionment with the world. Like when Dev Anand swaggered to Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya in Hum Dono (1961), Sahir’s resilience came forth. And if Aage bhi jaane na tu (Waqt, 1965) urged one to live in the moment, it also echoed Sahir’s fatalistic slant. And when Sunil Dutt crooned Chalo ek baar phir se (Gumraah, 1963), Sahir was only conveying his pain of separation from his beloved.

Amitabh Bachchan’s poetic avtaar in Kabhi Kabhie too became the watershed of Sahir’s heartbreak– it was apparently an ode to his lost love. For his intellectual ‘Faizian’  (Faiz Ahmed Faiz), for his socialist leanings, for his lampooning pseudo jingoism and for his romantic bent, Sahir remains timeless. He can best be summed in his own lines:

Main har ek pal ka shayar hoon

Har ek pal meri kahani hai…

Contemporary poet/lyricist Gulzar pays a tribute to Sahir. In his own words…

“Every poet who took to writing lyrics had to accept the medium. But Sahir Ludhinavi and perhaps, Pandit Pradeep, were poets whom the medium accepted on their own terms. Their poetry remained intact in the lyrics. DN Madhok (in the early ’50s) brought in folk imagery and dehati (rustic) dialect like Jab tum hi chale pardes laga kar thes (Rattan). Kedar Sharma was also part of this period. But Sahir became a milestone. He broke the rhyme mould like ‘pardes’ and ‘thes’ and brought in an Urdu flavour to lyrics. He brought in fresh phrases – like Pedon ke shaakhon pe soyee soyee chaandni… (Jaal).

Majrooh Sultanpuri had accepted the medium and spoke in aam guftagoo (conversational language). Shailendra was a blessing for Hindi cinema. He could say something profound in a light-hearted way. But Sahir brought in a touch of maturity – Chalo ek bar phir se ajnabee ban jaaye (Gumraah). He got involved with the subject, felt the situation and conveyed it in his words. Like the songs Suno gajar kya gaaye (Baazi), Jinhe naaz hai Hind pe woh kahan hai and Jaane woh kaise log (both Pyaasa). His lines were loaded with meaning, like rain-bearing clouds. His lyrics had musicality. The choice of words was unique.

Sahir brought dignity to every lyricist with great vengeance. He was the first one to argue that when the film’s name, the music director’s name and the singer’s name is mentioned on the records why not the songwriter’s name? It’s because of his insistence that Vividh Bharati started mentioning the lyricist’s name. He demanded a rupee more than the music director. He worked with Ravi and N Dutta, struggling young composers then, and said, ‘If my writing has power, the song will work’.

He used to live at Four Bungalows, then a very remote area where no buses plied. He was one of the earliest lyricists who had a Morris car. He stayed on the first floor of the bungalow, storywriter Kishan Chandra on the ground floor and I lived in the outhouse with my friends, paying Rs 20 as rent. We were only too happy to be in the company of Sahir.

He was a tall man and whenever I’d share a sher (couplet) with him, he’d put his hands on my shoulders and say, ‘If I were to judge your poetry according to my age and maturity it would be unfair’. But he’d say, ‘Talaffuz (pronunciation) sahi rakho. Talaffuz se hi Punjabiyon ke wazan bigad jaate hain (Punjabis tend to lose their impact with a wrong Urdu accent)’. Being from Ludhiana he spoke in Punjabi. But when he spoke Urdu, it was chaste.

There was romanticism in his poetry. His anti-war poem Parchhaiyan spoke of reality but was full of romance. The lover tells his beloved, ‘Tujhse milna khushi ki baat hi sahi, tujhkar milkar udaas rehta hoon’. Or like the Taj Mahal nazm, ‘Mere mehboob kahin aur mila kar mujh se’ where he accuses Emperor Shahjahan for mocking a commoner’s love.

The spirituality is distinct in the lines Rang pe kisne pehre dale… man re tu kahe na dheer dhare (Chitralekha). Even Hindi writers are not able to write so beautifully. And who can miss the idealism in Insanon ki izzat jab jhoote sikkon mein na toli jaayegi (Phir Subah Hogi)! Yes, he may have written Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon (Kabhi Kabhie) but for us he’s har pal ka shayar.