Sunday, 27 November 2011

Lust is part of our lives: 'Dirty Picture' director

Milan Luthria is charting unknown territory by exploring the wild side of a woman with his new movie 'The Dirty Picture'. The director is hopeful that it will strike a chord with the audience despite an overdose of sexuality and oomph in Vidya Balan's role because he feels lust is no more restricted to the bedroom.
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'I thought there was no point in doing something that has already been done. So I decided to take a woman and explore her in my own way,' Luthria told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.
'After all we are an evolving nation; with the internet being the most common tool of communication, pornography is reaching out to every household. These days people no more feel sorry about their desires. Lust is a part of our lives and nature, so why shy away from it?' added the director who helmed 'Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai' and 'Taxi Number 9211'.
In the film, Vidya's character unabashedly expresses her desires.
'There is fun in knowing unknown things, exploring a woman's mind, body and spirit in such a way as has never been done before. So, when the idea came to me, I was like why not? This is interesting and challenging. When our country's top-notch directors like Mahesh Bhatt and Yash Chopra have made women-centric films like 'Arth' and 'Lamhe' respectively, why not me?' he asked.
But 'The Dirty Picture' is something that has not been attempted by A-list filmmakers.
'It is much easy to take a familiar route, but it's difficult to be different. And I was very clear from the very beginning that I didn't want to talk about their love or suffering. I wanted something spunky. I wanted to show a woman who has guts and glory.'
The film was launched as a tell-all tale of southern sex symbol Silk Smitha, but later the filmmakers said it was not so.
Asked why, Luthria said: 'We are living in a media age where information gets exaggerated. We have always said that it was based on a dance girl, but it was not Silk Smitha as in those days there were other women in the industry like Disco Shanti. The story is about a dance girl who left a mark while she was pitted against so many men.'
'It is the journey of a dancer and what goes on in her mind, what made her a phenomenon and how troubled relationships were part of her life, how she battled fame, fortune and alcohol. So it's not about Silk. You have to see it to believe that it's a work of fiction,' he added.
The film has an interesting star cast. If Vidya has shed inhibitions to ooze oomph, Naseeruddin Shah is cast as a lecherous actor, Emraan Hashmi an impatient lover and Tusshar Kapoor as wicked, but innocent.
'Naseer is my friend. I remember watching his movies like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and 'Chamatkar'. I wanted to tap that side of his, but I wasn't sure how he would react. But I was sure that his fans would love to see him in this role,' said Luthria.
'When I narrated the script and his role, I was surprised. He loved it at first go. He told me, 'I want to do everything - dance, get wet in the rain, be a lech, go over the top',' he added.
The film will land in the theatres on Dec 2 and Luthria is waiting for the audience verdict with baited breath.
'We wanted to fire the audience with all powerful bullets in our armory. A lot of effort was put in music and I am glad the audience is noticing our product, which has no big names. This shows the perception of the audience is changing and it is nice to see them lapping up something experimental,' he said.
But all this was not easy.
'There were times when we were not sure whether we were heading in the right direction. But I am lucky that producer (Ekta Kapoor) believed in my vision and trusted me completely,' he added.

Shah Rukh Khan on sex, life and more!

He is the undisputed King of Bollywood and with his much-awaited film Ra.Onereleased worldwide, the savvy Khan opens up to Cosmo's COO Mala Sekhriabout smoking 100 cigarettes a day, his belief that women are God's best creation, and not getting any sleep...

Mala Sekhri: What do you think makes you sexy? Could it be your ordinariness?

SRK: Yes, I think so. There are two ways you can be a star. You could either be someone people want to be, like Mr. Bachchan or some great sportstar. Or you could be someone people can relate to. I think I belong to the latter category. Mothers and little girls think of me as the kind of son they'd like to have or the guy they'd like to marry. I've always been very simple and ordinary. When I act, I'm extraordinary because I have to work hard. Some people may feel otherwise, but I believe in the gentleness of acting. I am an overactor, I can overact in a second. I'm from theatre, I can overdo stuff and I can under play it, like Chak De and Swades, but I feel each and every character that I portray in a film.
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MS: What's your biggest fear?
SRK: Everytime I do a film, whether it's a hit or a flop, I feel that I leave behind a certain part of me in it. So my biggest fear is that I will wake up one morning and will not have any more parts left to leave in a film. This is how I approach acting.

MS: They say when a couple has been married for years, they become like siblings...has that happened to you?
SRK: No, I don't think so. My wife is anything but my sister. I haven't had much time to spend with her over the years, because of my schedule, so the freshness of my marriage is still quite intact. We've never thought the sameabout films, about lifeand we've never tried to change that about each other. The only thing we are completely aligned in thought about are the kids. Both of us have become very focused about them and that has become the centre of our lives.

We are both really easy, and we've never encroached upon the other's space. I'm a moviestar, I've been working for 20 years. I work with the most beautiful women in the world. Whether I think of it like that or not, there are enough stories to go around...that I sleep around with foreigners, with men, with my coactresses. But it has never affected us because I guess she knows I don't have the time to do anything but work.

MS: At 45, do you think you're more conscious about your health now...
SRK: No. I don't sleep. I smoke about a 100 cigarettes a day. I forget to eat. I don't drink water. I have 30 cups of black coffee, and I have a six-pack. So, the less I take care of myself, the more I get taken care of. I think healthy is boring. I'm not saying do drugs...but if you're happy doing what you want then everything will fall into place.

MS: So we hear you're a dog lover...

SRK: I have four dogs. One's called Hulk, he's a black labrador. Then there's Dash, who's our favourite, he's a Japanese Chin. We have two Capones named Ky and JuicyJuicy's name was given by Karan (Johar); Ky is a Japanese Manga comic hero; and Dash is from The Incredibles movie. My son did the voice-over for that film.

C: So your final message to women from 18 to 80...
SRK: I think you are the most beautiful thing God has made. Irrespective of what anyone says about you, or tries to demean you, just rememberand I truly believe thisgod has made women in His image. I believe women are the most gentle, intelligent and sweet creatures ever created. Remember, there's no life without women.

Sanjay Dutt has a nervous breakdown?

Sanjay Dutt has been doing a lot of comedies lately but Ram Gopal Varma’s thriller ‘Department’ will see him essay a completely different role. Dutt was recently shooting a scene in which he has anemotional breakdown and he couldn’t stop weeping even after the shot was complete.
The crew members were quite shocked when their attempts to console Dutt failed. Tabloid reports further state that even RGV was surprised and did not know how to react to the situation. Speaking to the Mumbai Mirror, Ramu confirmed, "I didn't know how to handle it! The emotional angst Sanjay displayed for that scene left me shaken. He honestly startled me! We were doing a critical scene, where Sanjay had to be teary-eyed. In spite of knowing him for so many years, I never expected to see this side of him.I think it is his most dramatic and powerful performance to date."
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Apple's iPhone 4S makes India debut

The iPhone 4S, the final gadget unveiled during Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' lifetime, hit store shelves inIndia on Friday with a starting price of 44,500 rupees.
At about four times the U.S. retail price where customers buy mandatory data-service plans, the phone may still find buyers among affluent young professionals in India who are snapping up iconic brands and luxury items.
Unlike their western peers, Indian mobile operators do not subsidise cost of phones.
Airtel and Aircel are selling the 16 GB model for 44,500 rupees, with the 32 GB version priced at 50,900 rupees and the 64 GB model available for 57,500 rupees.
Media reports last week said Indian fans were unhappy that the smartphone will be more expensive in India than anywhere else in the world.
Both mobile operators, which started selling the iPhone 4S from midnight on Friday, are offering discounted data plans.
The final gadget unveiled during Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' lifetime is more expensive that the iPad 2 in India, with the base model of the tablet selling for 27,900 rupees. Even its top-end model, with 64 GB of memory and WiFi & 3G, costs 46,900 rupees.
The new iPhone comes with a faster processor, a better light-sensitive camera, and voice-activated software "Siri".
On Friday, the Aircel website showed that the 64 GB version, both black and white, was sold out.

Bollywood Shows the Middle Finger

Most recently seen in the Imtiaz Ali's 'Rockstar, Bollywood has learnt a new kind of body language - the middle finger.

Sonam Kapoor: Players

Bollywood Shows the Middle Finger
Sonam shows her manicured finger while driving in Abbas-Mustan's latest Players. Th Indian censor board, which usually blurs or cuts out offensive gesture, abusive language, and in the case of Rockstar, even flags didn't make a scene about Sonam's drive-by poke in the trailer of the upcoming action thriller of the 'The Italian Job' remake.

Ranbir Kapoor: Rockstar

Bollywood Shows the Middle Finger
As Janardhan Jhakkar, Ranbir sits in a a Delhi University canteen, eating samosas, fantasizing about Jim Morrison's famed middle finger to fans. In his 'Rockstar' avatar, he does the same - that too, outside the Patiala High Court, where he is courting arrest for his various misdemeanors as the bad boy of Indian rock.
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Akshay Kumar: Namaste London

Bollywood Shows the Middle Finger
Akshay is one of the blokes in Namaste London, and playfully waggles both his middle fingers after getting an angry one for winning a rugby match against Brit lads.

Rani Mukherjee: No One Killed Jessica

Bollywood Shows the Middle Finger
Rani Mukherjee plays a fearless, ruthless and bold reporter in No One Killed Jessica and laced the the badass gesture with even more abuses. (Entertainment,
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Snapped: Adam with his ex-madam

Ranbir Kapoor was spotted yesterday at the special screening of ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone’s film 'Desi Boyz'
They may not be seeing each other anymore but they make no bones about being seen together in public. Ranbir Kapoor was spotted yesterday at the special screening of ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone’s film where her current beau Siddhartha Mallya was also present.
The leggy lass has been in news recently for reconnecting with ex-flame Ranbir and praising his performance in ‘Rockstar’ by calling it 'consistent' and 'flawless'. So is it just a publicity stunt or genuine feeling? Deepika and Ranbir will share screen space in the upcoming film ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, to be directed by Kapoor’s best friend Ayan Mukerjee.
Ranbir and Deepika started seeing each other while filming 'Bachna Ae Haseeno'.  After painting the town red, the duo broke-up two years ago and have washed dirty linen in public. Deepika also teamed up with Sonam Kapoor in ‘Koffee with Karan’ and said some not-so-good things about her ex flame. However Ranbir maintained a dignified silence. Later, Deepika found solace in Siddhartha Mallyawhereas Ranvir went on to date a bevy of beauties from Katrina Kaif to Nargis Fakri.Interestingly, a couple of months ago, Deepika Padukone made her presence felt at Ranbir Kapoor's birthday. It seemed that the ex-couple finally buried the hatchet and were trying their best to be cordial with each other. The two also met at Imran Khan’s film screening of ‘Delhi Belly’ and were seen greeting each other affectionately. After that, Deepika went viral calling Ranbir her ‘4 am friend’. The duo will start working together soon, it remains to be seen if the sparks will fly off again.

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

How To Charm The Female Mind

Guys: Here, an expert shares exactly how to attract and impress the object of your affection. Use this info to your advantage.

 Just like renowned thinker Sigmund Freud, many regular guys ponder the question, “What do women want?”—and find themselves dumbfounded. According to Kathy Freston, author of The One: Discovering the Secrets of Soul Mate Love, understanding the female mind isn’t that difficult. Need some direction? Here are her suggestions on how to understand — and woo — women.
Q:What is the number-one mistake that men make when
trying to impress women?
A:When men feel insecure, they sometimes compensate by acting arrogantly or being grandiose. As much as bragging about your car, house or big bank account might initially get a woman’s attention, it will soon thereafter be a major turn-off. Women like confidence and security, but they know that only when those qualities are real, a man doesn’t have to throw them around for show.
 Q:What else would you warn men away from doing?
 A:Another thing healthy women find unappealing is when a man is too needy, grabbing for too much of her attention and affection. That kind of behavior communicates that there is not much else going on for him in terms of friendships or intimate relations.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

What's behind Nayan's change of faith?

Bangalore, Aug 9 (IANS) Top southern actress Nayanthara has converted from Christianity to Hinduism, say sources close to the Arya Samaj, even as she herself maintains a studied silence on the issue.
Nayanthara, born and brought up as Diana Mariam Kurian, was a born Christian. She changed her name because of her foray into films.
She reportedly converted to Hinduism Sunday morning at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai, the sources said, adding she has retained her name Nayanthara.
Some see it as a step towards her impending marriage to actor-director Prabhu Deva who divorced his earlier wife, a Muslim and did not change her religion at the time of marriage.
Nayanthara is tightlipped. Asked about her marriage, she says: 'No comments.'
On Sunday morning, the actress reportedly headed straight to the Arya Samaj Temple on Waltax Road.
She went through all the religious processes as per the scriptures. All the procedures of 'Shuddhi Karma', a procedure involving Vedic purification, were meticulously followed, say the sources close to Arya Samaj.

They also added that a 'homan' or fire ritual was held where Nayantara chanted hymns and the Sankeerthan Mantra.
Incidentally, the members of Prabhu Deva's family are devotees of the Suttur Mutt in Mysore. His parents are devotees of Male Mahadeshwara Swamy.
The sources said Nayanthara left soon after the purification ceremony. A certificate of conversion to Hinduism was issued to her. The actress flew back to Kochi by an evening flight.
It is reported that her parents have expressed their opposition to Nayanthara's desire to convert to Hinduism.
Nayanthara's last film 'Ramayana', directed by veteran director Bapu, was completed only a few days ago.
Nayanthara who plays Sita's role in the film became emotional on the last day of her shoot and even lay prostrate before all the elders in the unit, including the octogenarian director Bapu.
Nayanthara says her decision to convert to Hinduism is purely personal.
'Yes, I have become a Hindu and it's my own personal decision. I went through the entire ceremony with passion and conviction,' she is believed to have told a friend.
She sports a tattoo of Prabhu Deva on her body. The couple were also seen in some film related functions together.

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald

Shilpa Shetty got the rare opportunity to go baldand beautiful for her upcoming film, 'The Desire' but chose to let prosthetics do the job instead.
While Shilpa might not have the guts or inclination to shave off her lustrous locks, there are many other celebrities– Indian and international, who have gone ahead with it and sported the bald look.

Shabana Azmi

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
Shabana Azmi shaved off her locks for Deepa Mehta's film 'Water', which unfortunately got shelved due to protests from certain groups. The film was made but without the original cast. Though she could not be a part of the movie, her going bald was surely not in vain as we think (and so does her husband) that Shabana Azmi looked amazingly sexy sporting the bald look.

Nandita Das

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
Like Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das too had shaved her head for Deepa Mehta's ambitous project on the plight of widows in the country. Later, when the film was revived by Mehta, Das had reportedly offered to work for free in the the film. Though the project could never materialize for her, effort was well appreciated by all.

Britney Spears

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
After a failed marriage and slew of controversies surrounded her, Britney shocked the world when she tonsured her head. It was a moment of liberation for Britney who was on an emotional downward spiral and after getting a tattoo and going bald, Britney only looked ahead to a better life than the one she had been living at the moment.

Diandra Soares

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
Diandra Soares, was the first bald model to walk the ramp in India. She first took the plunge 10 years ago in the midst of a Lakme Fashion Week and the second time was on January 2010. She has been described as the most beautiful bald runway model ever and we do not disagree even a single bit.

Antara Mali

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
Antara Mali is another actress who went the bald way for a movie. Usually known for her glamorous roles in B-town, she played the role of a monk in the film 'And Once Again', directed by Amol Palekar. The look suited her perfectly well and went very well with the sombre role that she portrayed.

Natalie Portman

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
Portman is probably the prettiest bald actress that we've ever seen. She too, went bald for a movie role. Playing the role of Evey in 'V for Vendetta', Portman did full justice to her role by actually shaving off her hair and not relying on prosthetics and make-up.

Lisa ray

Female Celebrities Who Went Bald
The controversy-ridden Deepa Mehta film, 'Water' finally fell in the lap of Canadian actress Lisa Ray for which, obviously, she got tonsured. However, a few years later, she parted ways with her locks for an entirely different reason. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and the treatment caused her to go the bald way again. Her fight with the disease has been a source of inspiration for millions and we don't think she has ever looked more beautiful. 

Is it too late to invest in gold?

By Lauren Young
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Is it too late to buy gold? It soared to a record $1,700 an ounce Monday after the United States suffered its first-ever debt downgrade at the hands of Standard & Poor's.
With gold rising 30 percent this year and nearly 400 percent over the past decade, it's reasonable to ask when the fever might break.
In recent days it's gone completely viral as the debt crisis plunged financial markets to the biggest losses in two years.
"People who weren't talking about it even six months ago are heavily interested in gold today," says Frank Trotter, president of EverBank Direct in Jacksonville, Florida, which holds nearly $500 million worth of precious metals in the form of hard assets for clients.
Gold purchases leaped to more than 18 million ounces over the past month -- from 8.4 million for the entire year up to July, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
People are betting gold will come through the present debt crisis shining. In the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, gold dropped by 20 percent -- but the metal was hurt as the U.S. dollar became the safe haven of choice. In the debt showdown this year, the dollar has suffered and gold leaped.

Financial adviser Jeffrey Sica of Sica Wealth Management in Morristown, New Jersey, says it's not too late to profit from gold fever -- he sees 20 to 25 percent upside in the glittery stuff.
"What we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the downgrade," says Sica, a self-described stock market bear who forecast Standard & Poor's downgrade in a blog post to clients back in March. He said gold's value has grown due to central banks' inability to contain the debt crisis.

"The fundamentals to invest in gold have not changed," argues William Rhind, managing director of ETF Securities, which manages $4.2 billion in exchange-traded fund assets. "The only thing that has changed is that investment case is stronger - the world's best credit, the U.S. government - has been downgraded. It's no longer as safe as it was."
Nor is gold overvalued at these levels, Rhind said, since it hit $873 in 1980. Adjusted for inflation, the equivalent would be just over $2,391 today. That's about the level JP Morgan Chase told clients the spot gold prices could hit this year. It said in a note $2,500 per ounce is possible.
Among doubters, though, are people like Pat Dorsey, Morningstar's former director of equity research and now vice chairman of Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, which has $500 million under management.
"I've never been a fan of gold. I am in the camp of that thinks it generates no income and has no utility (like copper), so the valuation is based on the opinions of other people," Dorsey says.
Others cite its volatility as a negative factor, since the gold price is affected by fast-money traders lured by the leverage of commodities contracts. The price can tumble just as quickly as it rises.
Still, even some conservative managers recommend a small allocation in gold as part of a balanced portfolio. EverBank's Trotter puts his own account at 5 percent to 10 percent.
Here are three ways to invest in gold:
1. Buy Funds.
If you are looking for a way to invest in gold, one of the easiest ways to do it is to buy an exchange-traded fund, such as SPDR Gold Trust ETF, iShares Gold Trust or Market Vectors ETF Trust, which tracks gold miners. And there are ETFs that are tangentially linked to gold, such as ETFS Physical Platinum Shares along with ETF baskets of precious metals, such as Etfs Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares - which holds gold, silver, platinum and palladium (GLTR).
The advantage that ETFs have over mutual funds is that they are easier to trade and ETF costs are usually lower. But the downside of investing in a gold-related ETF is that the gains are not always direct and can sometimes lag the rise in gold prices. The risk is that prices can rise and fall quickly.
Conventional mutual funds may be more appealing to buy-and-hold investors. The $100 million Midas Fund, which is highly concentrated in mining stocks, saw significant inflows last week, although manager Tom Winmill wasn't specific. "Gold is not a way to maintain capital appreciation, but it's a good way to preserve wealth," he says.
2. Buy Stocks
Another way to play gold is to go straight to the source - gold mines. While prices for physical gold are soaring, gold mining stocks have slumped. Winmill of the Midas Fund likes Freeport Mcmoran Copper and Gold, which is one of the world's largest mining companies. Year-to-date, the stock is up only about 5 percent, "even though revenues and earnings are exploding on the upside," Winmill says.
"A lot of people are thinking the world is going in reverse, but global Gross Domestic Product growth - if you include emerging markets - is 7 percent. And a lot of that emerging markets growth has to do with infrastructure build out which demands copper," he argues.
Winmill also likes Goldcorp and Newmont Mining Corp, which are some of the largest holdings in the Midas Fund. He sees a "Slinky Effect" for mining stocks in the coming months - "They'll bounce back and make up for lost ground as well," he says.
3. Buy Hard Assets
The upside of buying actual gold bars and ingots is that when the price of gold rises, the value of a gold block tracks the gains on an almost one-for-one basis, unlike other assets which only track the value.
"People want to put their money into hard assets, which retain a value when currencies lose value," says Tod Mcelhaney, president of LaSalle Futures Group in Chicago.
But while physical gold has the most direct value, the downside is that it is also more difficult to offload should investors want to let go of the asset.
One way to buy physical gold is Everbank's Pooled Gold and Silver Accounts, which lets you to pool your investment with other investors. The advantage is that you don't have to cough up huge sums - the minimum investment is $5,000 - nor do you have to pay storage, delivery or annual fees to stash your gold. The ideal investor? "Someone who doesn't have an apocalyptic view that they need to have it in back yard," Trotter says.
(Reporting by Beth Pinsker and Ashley Lau in New York and Amanda Cooper in London. Editing by Richard Satran)

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