Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jyotsna Chandola

Jyotsna Chandola
Jyotsna Chandola

Jyotsna Chandola, who played a mother on Sasural Simar Ka, is all set to grow younger on screen. She will enter Agnifera as Rajjo, a young ambitious girl. She will become a part of the Singh household by tying the knot with the much older Brijvan Singh. Rajjo is a headstrong woman with a sharp tongue and she will often be seen addressing herself as dabang Rajjo. Jyotsna says, “Rajjo is quite the badass — she has a strong personality, she’s ambitious, strong-minded, opinionated, sarcastic and extremely witty.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bhumi Pednekar then and now

I bro-zone people all the time, says Bhumi Pednekar

The actress talks about her personal quirks, the challenges of gaining and losing weight for a role, and the perks of being an outsider in Bollywood

  • Date of birth: July 18
  • Place of birth: Mumbai
  • Home town: Mumbai
  • Sun sign: Cancer
  • School/college: Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai
  • First break: Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)
  • High point of your life: Winning all the awards last year for my first film
  • Low point of your life: None as yet
  • Movie: Casablanca (1942)
  • Comfort food: Sushi
  • Holiday destination: Spain
  • Book/author: Any book by Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling and Sidney Sheldon
  • Mobile app: Instagram
  • Song: Last Christmas by Wham! (1986)
One word you use often...?
Bro! I bro-zone people all the time.
One superstition you follow?
I never call people from behind when they are leaving the house.
What’s the one thing that you got scolded for the most while growing up?
Not finishing my Math homework. I absolutely hate Math!
One thing not many people know about you...?
That I am a closet singer.
One thing you are most likely to be caught doing when home alone...?
Stretching on the sofa, watching television, especially American and British shows. I am a couch potato!
The most filmy thing you have ever done...?
I had a replica of a red outfit that Karisma Kapoor wore in some movie. I have worn that outfit on many occasions.
One so-bad-it’s-good movie you have watched multiple times...?
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)
If you could be invisible, which actress would you stalk?
Eva Mendes, because I am so obsessed with Ryan Gosling that I would actually stalk his wife to know what he is up to.
What’s the bitchiest thing you’ve heard about yourself?
That I have an attitude problem, which is so not true!
Your present girl crush...?
Jennifer Lawrence
How much weight did you have to gain and lose for Dum Laga Ke Haisha? Which was more difficult?
I was supposed to gain around 25kgs — that’s like gaining the weight of half a human being! I took around eight months to gain weight and then, I had to lose around 35kgs, which was not easy either. It took me one year and the process is still on.
What’s the best part about being an outsider in the film industry?
I think as an outsider, you are ready to deal with whatever comes your way. There is no set notion about things.
What pisses you off?
I really get pissed off if someone asks me to ‘relax’. I absolutely hate the word.
If you were a brand, what would be your tagline?

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Param Singh

I am not on social media, I prefer human connect to virtual connect: Param Singh

He may be part of tyan industry that thrives on publici , but Param Singh is fiercely private. So much so, the actor, who plays the lead on daily soap Ghulaam, is not on any social media platform.
In this day and age, isn't it an unwritten norm for actors to be accessible to their fans? Param doesn't believe so. He says, “Social media platforms distract a lot. Useless forwards and updates about a certain party happening in town, the outfit a friend is wearing or his latest holiday , add no value to your life. If you are that important to someone, that person will either text you or call -you don't need social media for that. I prefer human connect to virtual connect.Also, I am a private person and don't believe in advertising what I do every minute. My actions and interests are my concerns alone.“

Though he is determined to do what he wills, Param recalls how, years ago, he faced a lot of flak from his family for one such decision. He says, “I belong to a sardar family and our religion doesn't allow us to cut our hair. However, by the time I was 17 years old, my hair had grown really long and it was tough to maintain it. So, one day , I went ahead and cut my mane short.My parents were shocked; in fact, my father hit me several times and did not speak to me for days. My intention was not to rebel. I visit the Gurudwara and am religious, but I couldn't handle long hair.“ However, Param deftly handled a lot of struggle in London, where he had gone to pursue higher studies. He recalls, “I wanted to study on my own earnings. It was really tough, but those three years turned me into a man. I washed dishes, mopped the floor at burger outlets, cleaned people's mess when they drank too much at night in pubs, lived with roommates who were perennially on drugs... basically went through the entire drill to learn that life is not a cakewalk.“

Surprisingly , while it's every actor's dream to play the lead, Param is not fascinated by it. Though he has essayed the lead character twice -Sadda Haq and now Ghulaam -he explains, “While a show is about teamwork, there's more onus on the lead actor to make a show successful. So, I start suffering from anxiety when playing the protagonist. Also, my thoughts constantly revolve around ratings... I am sure it is common for all actors.“


Popular TV actor Karanuday Jenjani, best known for his roles in mythological classics, and his wife Ritoo are proud parents to their daughter Valerie. However, their jour ney to fatherhood was fraught with difficulties. Ritoo and he faced several challenges to have a child before meeting Dr Anagha Karkhanis, owner and IVF specialist at Cocoon Fertility . She says, “There could be so many minor reasons why a couple is not able to con ceive. I think a lot of knowledge sharing has to be done to reassure couples about parenthood.“ about parenthood.“
When it comes to childbirth, the mother naturally is the hero of the story . However, the father's understanding and acceptance of the process can make all the difference.

Karanuday agrees. “I had faith in the process advised by Dr Anagha and had faith in God. A woman bears the brunt of pregnancy , no doubt, but as fathers, if we can participate wholeheartedly and be open to what the doctor is saying, it helps in the journey to becoming parents.“

Many misconceptions abound, regarding why a couple is not able to conceive. And it's not just in villages and semi-urban India.There are some pockets in metros, where people still do not know that not being able to conceive is not necessarily the mother's fault alone. Childless couples are prone to excessive self-doubt. If the problem is due to previous failed IVF proce dures or irregular peri ods, the woman starts blaming case of low sperm count or zero herself. If it's a case of low sperm count or zero sperm count, the man starts blaming himself.It is in these times that couples can stand strong with each other and see the crisis through. One look at Karanuday and his wife, doting over their child, can be reassuring to couples looking to become parents.

Where: Cocoon Fertility, Thane.

Call: 98333310310.

E-mail: (*Procedures given are based on the expert's understanding of the said field)

A look at Miss Diva finalists

A look at Miss Diva finalists

Miss Diva on Monday Urvashi Rautela invites you to be a part of Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2017

Miss Diva on Monday Urvashi Rautela invites you to be a part of Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2017

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bareilly Ki Barfi takes off on a sweet note

It's said that when you begin something on a sweet note, suc cess is assured. With a title like Bareilly Ki Barfi, that looks like a foregone conclusion. No wonder then that the trailer of this Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari-helmed romcom regaled everyone who had gathered for a dekko of it. Also present at the launch were Renu Ravi Chopra and her sons Abhay and Juno, who are coproducers of the film. The movie has been penned by Nitesh Tiwari, who had won worldwide acclaim for writing and directing Dangal.
Kriti Sanon essays the part of a small-town girl with big dreams, while Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao vie for her attention.Asked who wins the girl's heart, Ayushmann, said, “You have to watch the film for that.“ The actor, who has regaled audiences with his performances in Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, added, “I am excited about Bareilly Ki Barfi. It's a very Woody Allen-like romcom that deals with relationships in a unique way .“

Stating that she enjoyed making this film because the characters are believable, Ashwini said, “You can identify with them. I like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Sai Paranjpe's brand of cinema that captured the lives of common people beautifully and I have tried to get that in my film as well.“

Nitesh, whose directorial Dangal was applauded by critics and audiences globally , summed it up saying, “I like writing stories that are close to my heart. We were contemplating on setting this film in Goa, but we zeroed in on Bareilly since I have lived in Uttar Pradesh and I thought we could get the nuances of our characters right.“

Bareilly Ki Barfi, produced by Junglee Pictures and BR Studios, releases on August 18.