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Friday, September 19, 2008

Riya Sen shoots under 102 degree

After recently completing Rituparno Ghosh's Abohoman the busy actress Riya Sen is currently shooting for a short film directed by budding students of Subhash Ghai's 'Whistling Woods Academy'.

The hectic filming schedules and constant traveling took a toll on Riya who fell sick with a 102 degree fever. But her empathy for the hard working student with a limited budget and time constraints motivated Riya to continue to shoot in Whistling Woods and Filmcity despite the fever.

Riya finds this project very interesting and wouldn't want to let anyone down! The film is titled Guzarish where she plays the role of a wife torn between her husband and her ex-lover.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Am A Hot, Hip & A Sexy Chic: Gul Panag

Someone out there is resulting in some serious temperature soaring. And the young woman in question is none other than Gul Panag. Joginder Tuteja catches up with the Gul who seems to have raised quite some eyebrows as she gets hot-n-sizzling on the cover of latest issue of MAXIM.

Why now?
I know, the first question which comes to the mind of so many people out there is - 'Why is Gul being seen in such outfits on print after being in the industry for so many years?'
Well, my answer is simple and straight - no one approached me to do such a shoot before! I was always game for it but then it had to be a magazine/publication of repute that could have made me say yes to getting into a night costume for a cover.

Well, Maxim thought of me and I didn't have any reasons to say no!
A desperate move?
You must be kidding me! Me, getting desperate, and that too to see myself in a costume which is far less revealing than a swimming costume?
Come on, give me a break! If you do a search on internet, some of the first few images would have me in a swimsuit. For someone who wore a swimsuit way back in 1999 for Miss Universe pageant, I can only laugh at the insinuation that I am being desperate.

Now now now, I am not trying to be a 'born again' actress who suddenly decides to come out of a closet, leave her sari/salwar-suit behind and suddenly aim at becoming chic!
Chic, did she say?
Of course yes! Those close to me know me for what I am and I guess even the industry too has come to realize now that regardless of some of the arty roles I have done, I don't carry that garb with me in my personal life.
I am a hot, hip and a sexy chic and I am proud of that. In any case I have always worn Western outfits in real life as well.
So puhleeze, don't look at me with such a shocked expression on your face. I am not shocked, you shouldn't be surprised either!
Gul turns rebel?
I guess you aren't getting the point. See for me, what carries utmost importance is to do what I feel is right.
You may call me a rebel for driving a Royal Enfield, you may call me a rebel for driving a Formula I car, you may call me a rebel for running kilometers at stretch and if that's your definition of someone being a rebel then I am surprised that how could wearing a night costume be categorized as a rebellious act.
(Laughs) In any case, to curb the 'shock value' (the way you may want to term it), it's not as if suddenly I have walked out of my robes and emerged in a two piece bikini!
Capitalizing on sex quotient?
Of course yes! One should be capitalizing on what you are. In any case, after all it is show business and it doesn't harm to let people know the real you. If I am sexy and subtle, I want people to know that.
On a magazine cover, you get to see the real Gul; the lady who has a mind of her own. On camera, I would again be playing characters and that would have nothing to do with me wearing a swimsuit or showing cleavage. You can be a serious actor but be fun in real life!
Serious again?
A mix of everything in fact. See, I have had been part of films like Dor, Manorama Six Feet Under and Dhoop and I am extremely proud of them.
Similarly, I am proud of films like Hello and Hello Darling which would be seeing me in a glam look. It is only coincidental that these films are arriving in a bunch. And in the interim there is also this fun movie called Straight. So as you see, I continue to play the balancing game!
Expecting controversies?
Let them be if that's what keeps media happy! I am clear that if I had to generate controversies, I could have done so 4-5 years back when I just started out in movies.
I remember PR people coercing me at that time to come up with quotable quotes, do something outrageous, get some heat on; you know the works! I was at an initial stage of my career and could have done that to be in THE news.

Monday, September 8, 2008

We did a mistake by making our relationship public: Deepika

If we go by the number of directors desirous of bringing the two together, it would seem Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are the hottest most saleable pair in moviedom today.

After seeing them together in Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseenon at least three big directors have decided to cast them together in their films and have in fact approached the pair with their projects.

Anees Bazmi (taking a break from Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif after Welcome and Singh Is Kinng), David Dhawan (getting away from his Govinda-Salman-Katrina-Lara comfort zone) and Raj Santoshi (who after working with Ranbir in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazak Kahani wants to take a longer break from his Ajay Devgan starrers) have all offered Ranbir-Deepika films.
But the pair is surprisingly reluctant to work together.
Says a source close to both Ranbir and Deepika, "They've definitely been offered films by Bazmi, Dhawan and Santoshi and are considering taking up at least one of these.
But Ranbir –Deepika are in no hurry to sign films together. Not after seeing what happened to Kareena and Shahid in all their films until their breakup and recently to Kareena and Saif in Tashan.
Ranbir-Deepika know the public gets satiated reading about real-life couples and seeing them constantly at events on television. The novelty factor is over.
Deepika would rather be seen with Saif in Imtiaz Ali's film and Ranbir with Katrina and Konkona in his forthcoming films rather than come together on screen repeatedly to entertain each other and bore the audience."

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sexy Sherlyn Chopra set for Dard-e-Sherlyn, or may be Hard-e-Sherlyn

Sherlyn Chopra will kick off a six city tour through Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Pune, Vizag, Hyderabad and Mumbai on Saturday, September 6, in support of her recently released remix album 'Dard-e-Sherlyn.'. Photo Credit: Dale Bhagwagar Media Group

September 5, 2008 (Sawf News) - Sherlyn Chopra will kick off a six city tour through Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Pune, Vizag, Hyderabad and Mumbai on Saturday, September 6, in support of her recently released remix album Dard-e-Sherlyn.

Sherlyn Chopra in a diamond-encrusted bikini top. Photo Credit: Dale Bhagwagar Media Group

The sexy crooner plans to perform on the tour wearing the same breathtaking attire that she wore for the filming of her album video - a diamond-encrusted bikini top and golden hot pants - knowing that her sex appeal sells her songs as much as her voice, if not more.

Sherlyn's tour organizers, understandably concerned about her decision to flaunt some well toned diamond encrusted skin, are contemplating stringent security measures at venues across the country, expecting trouble not just from testosterone charged males in the audience but also those tempted to rip off Sherlyn's bikini top just for its diamonds!

We are just glad that Chennai does not feature on Sherlyn's itinerary because her outfits, with or without the diamonds, would certainly ruffle many titillated Tamilian feathers !