Monday, October 24, 2016

Bollywood divas' beauty routine: Simple yet effective

Bollywood divas' beauty routine: Simple yet effective

Do you wish for a glowing skin, soft shiny hair and a fit body? Take a peek into the beauty regimes of Bollywood divas like Deepika Padukone and Nargis Fakhri. They're not skin deep but keep them healthy and beautiful.

Each one of them follows a different regimen, but one thing is common in their must do list - water intake and use of moisturiser.

Here are, as collated by, the health and beauty programmes that Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri, Isha Koppikkar and Evelyn Sharma follow religiously:

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

My daily skincare regime includes moisturiser with SPF (sun protection factor) during the day. At night, I remove whatever little makeup I wear and then apply hydrating cream.

Also, plenty of water, balanced meals, regular workouts and adequate sleep figure on my must have list.

Since my work involves a lot of travelling and exposure to extreme climatic conditions, it ends up taking a toll on my hair. I get tender coconut hair oil massages at least once a week. It helps me protect my hair from any form of damage.
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Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri

I need a beauty regime that guarantees results. A 20-minute deep conditioning treatment with hot coconut-based hair oil for my hair really works for me as it locks in the moisture and keeps my hair soft and smooth.

I make sure that I drink two litres of water a day to flush out toxins. I also have coconut water daily and make sure I eat something every two hours. My snacking is limited to health foods like walnuts, almonds and dryfruits. At night, I try to eat a light meal, but sometimes I don't succeed. I absolutely love desserts and, yes, I cheat very often. I think the key is not to be hard on yourself, but use moderation. One should eat everything in required quantity. You must know what suits your body the best.
Isha Koppikar

Isha Koppikar

Isha Koppikar

I am very particular about cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin. I am very particular about moisturising my body with products containing natural ingredients. I also love products with mint as they are so cooling and refreshing.

When your hair is exposed to summer heat, it is imperative to keep your hair free from dirt and stickiness.

My diet includes more liquids, especially in summer. A lot of fruits and vegetables are an integral part of my diet. I cut down on non-vegetarian food in summer. Lemon and mint juice refreshes and helps me beat the summer heat. Curd and buttermilk are my favourite, especially during summer. For breakfast, egg whites and multigrain toast is the best. For lunch, jawar ki roti and sabzi and for dinner, fish and salad are my safest bet. In between meals, if hungry, I have fruits or curd or buttermilk.
Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma

Moisturising should be a basic bodycare regime to replenish moisture loss due to harsh weather conditions. Coconut-based moisturisers work wonders for the skin as they lock in moisture from escaping the skin's surface. The result is naturally soft skin throughout the day.

Make sure that your diet includes fibre as it has necessary vitamins and minerals. Balance your diet with rich portions of fruits, vegetables, nuts and liquids. It is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. I have coconut water through the day and it is a vital aspect of my diet.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Aarti Chabria Biography

Birthday: November 21
Place of Birth: Mumbai
Sun sign: Scorpio
Hometown: Mumbai
School/college: Queen Mary School, Mumbai and HR College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
High point of your life: Winning the title of Miss India Worldwide 2000, working in films Awara Pagal Deewana (2002), Okariki Okaru (2003) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007). Winning TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi
Low point of your life: When my debut film Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (2002) bombed
Currently I am: After having done Punjabi film Viyah 70 Km, I’m waiting for my next two Punjabi films and a Hindi film to go on the floors.
A destination you’d like to be lost in: Axams in Austria
Your memories of Punjab: Vacations spent at my grandparents’ place in Phagwara
One lie you often get away with: “I’m going to call you back in five minutes.” (It’s not that I lie, but I forget).
Your favourite Punjabi food: Sarson da saag and makki di roti with nimbu da achaar
Your favourite Punjabi slang: ‘Jenki Shenki’, which means ‘super duper’ in reply to how I am doing.
Your strategy in a crisis: To be calm and to think before I act.
A workout you swear by: Cardio and dance
A gadget you can’t do without: My iPhone
What are the three things you would do if you could?: Help tackle illiteracy, eradicate poverty and have better roads in the country. On a personal note, I would love to play the guitar,
speak Spanish and have my own travel show.
A song that describes your life: That would be written by me
The last line of your autobiography would read: “And that’s how I achieved every dream, never giving up when life knocked me down and facing life with zest in both good times and bad.”
You have five minutes to pack, what all will you take?: My MacBook Pro, pyjamas, favourite green tea sachets, sunglasses, swimsuit and my perfume — Hugo Boss Deep Red.
Which colours dominate your wardrobe?: Yellow, white and pink
Three people you’d like to invite for dinner: Juhi Chawla, Rahul Gandhi and Shania Twain
If you could jet set to anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Gold Coast, Australia
Who is your 3 am friend?: My brother Abhishek
What will we find on your bedside table?: Water bottle, iPhone and a copy of Hanuman Chalisa
You de-stress with: Music, a good massage, and — most importantly — shopping!
One thing you want to change about yourself: I would like to be less frank
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself: That I got married
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago: Less make-up is better
Three people on your speed dial: My mom, dad and brother
Your biggest indulgence: Skincare products, clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, lingerie and perfumes.
One thing that is definitely on your bucket list: To own a yacht
A film that you have seen more than five times: Qayamat se Qayamat Tak
The most overrated film: Chennai Express
The most paisa-vasool film: Viyah 70 Km
A movie evoking fond memories: Lion King, especially when I watch it with my dad

Neeru Bajwa Biography

Neeru Bajwa

Your favourite Punjabi slang Avein…
Are things better for newcomers now than they were 10 years ago? There’s no doubt that there are more opportunities now, as a lot more Punjabi films are being made. Nevertheless, female actors continue to be used as decoration pieces.
What did you have to change about yourself to make a place for yourself in Bollywood? As an actor, I did change in order to play the roles that I got, which I wasn’t too happy about. But, I don’t want to do that now.
Is your current phase a permanent backseat from Bollywood or just a sabbatical? Bollywood isn’t offering any great roles, while in Punjab, there is a huge market. I don’t want to leave that for the not-so appealing stuff.
When did you realise you were good looking? When I started out, I mostly got to hear that I am not that good looking. I think I started looking good when I did the film, Heer Ranjha. Which part of your body would you insure? My eyes.
What’s your fitness regime? I work out almost every day, eat moderately, don’t keep grudges and stay happy.
One food craving you wish you could indulge in Any dish that has mutton in it.
One thing that nobody knows about you That I get really, really nervous before going on stage.

Your strategy in a crisis To pray
A Punjabi song you can’t stop humming Gurdas Maan’s Ik Tu Hove, Ik Main Hovan.
The last line of your autobiography would read... ‘I left with a smile on my face.’
The weirdest thing you have heard about the mole on your cheek ‘ Eh jo thoda til hai, oh sadda dil hai’.
You de-stress with A nice spa followed by lunch.
If not an actor, you would have been... A chef.
The five must-haves in every girl’s wardrobe... A salwar kameez, a little black dress, a pair of jeans that fit well, a crisp white shirt and nude pumps.
Do you believe fairness creams work? I think advertisements for fairness creams are very insulting. It feels bad to see young girls feeling pressurised to look fair.
A director you would give anything to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Your favourite accessory A watch.
A dessert that describes you Apple pie, because it’s hard outside and soft inside.
If you woke up one day and found you’d turned into a man… I’ll kill myself.
What’s your relationship status? Very much single and not ready to mingle

Kalki Koechlin, Actress Biography

Kalki Koechlin, Actress

Kalki Koechlin tells us how her last name is pronounced, talks about her love life and movies.
So, how exactly should we pronounce your last name?


Chanda or Paro, whom would you rather be in real life?


Who do you prefer: Anurag, the boyfriend; Anurag, the husband; or Anurag, the director?

All I would say is life with him is great!

A literary character you’d love to play.

I did play one in Dev.D and it was a very memorable experience.

What turns you on?

A sense of humour and a sense of stubbornness.

What turns you off?

Self involvement. I can’t stand it.

Marriage is…

A continuation and expression of love.

What brings a smile to your face?

Chocolate and fashion.

What is style for you?

It’s very personal. I am very stubborn in my personal style. It is my expression of freedom.

Five things you can’t live without?

Diaries, notebooks, mutton, chocolates and a sense of humour.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I am very happy the way I am. I am also happy with my choices, be it movies or otherwise.

Your ultimate travel destination?

I love Delhi, especially the food in the city.

Your one stereotypically French trait or habit?

It has got to be my fashion sense. Actually it’s my French connection that made me associate with Grey Goose.

The one typical Bollywood masala film you wish you had been part of?

Band Baaja Baraat.

The best dish that Anurag has ever cooked for you?

I just love everything he cooks.

Do you cook? Tell us about your best dish, and your magic ingredient?

I cook mostly fancy French food like quiches. That secret ingredient needs to remain a secret. My movies
A film you have seen more than FIVE times?
Les Enfants du
Paradis by Marcel Carné
A movie that takes you back to your childhood?
The NeverEnding Story (I knew every line by heart!)
The most overrated film?
Gone With The Wind
One paisa vasool film?
The Matrix, but only the first part. The next two were overrated
The first movie you saw on the big screen?
Anjali (The Tamil version)
Birthday: January 9
Sun sign: Capricorn
Place of birth: Puducherry
School and College: Hebron School, Ooty, University of London
Hometown: Puducherry
High point of your life: Going to university, getting independent
Low point of your life: Being alone
First break: Dev.D (2009)
Currently doing: Just launched Grey Goose’s style du jour. Shooting for Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Ek Thi Daayan

Vidyut Jammwal, Actor Biography

Vidyut Jammwal, Actor

If you weren’t an actor, you would have been...
I am a martial artist first and then an actor.

Which classic film would you have loved to work in?
Jackie Chan’s Police Story.

The best thing about your debut film Force was...
The fact that I swept all the debut awards that year despite playing a villain.

The fittest actors in Bollywood.
Hrithik Roshan and Suniel Shetty.

Your fitness funda.
Listen to your body and understand what it needs. Eat for your stomach and not your eyes.

Did you go through any special training for your stunts in Commando?
I’ve been training in kalaripayattu since I was three years old. We worked hard to create stunts that would be visual spectacles. I trained for months.

Your greatest extravagance.

Watches! I’m an obsessive collector.

One director you want to work with.
From Dibakar Banerjee, Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap to Vipul Shah and Tigmanshu Dhulia, I want to work with all of them.

One thing nobody knows about you.
I was once referred to as ‘Apple Bottoms’. How embarrassing!

Your favourite street food?
Bhel and pani puri.

The best thing about Bollywood is...
The consistently evolving narrative and style of storytelling, along with how the industry welcomes talented people, even from a non-film background.

Your strategy in a crisis is...
To go through the crisis. That’s the best strategy.

What’s in your fridge right now?
Gulab jamuns. I’ve been craving them for some time.
CommandoThe song that lifts your spirits.

Lutt Jawan from Commando.

Your dream destination.

One thing you will never eat.
Anything non-vegetarian.

You destress with.

The last line of your autobiography would read…
I am with the universe that created me.

My movies

A film you have watched more than five times
Force - 34 times!

The most overrated film
Hangover 2

A movie that was a part of your childhood
Enter The Dragon

The first movie you saw on the big screen
Robocop in 1987

The most paisa vasool film
Singh is Kinng

Birthday: December 10
Sun sign: Sagittarius
Hometown: Jammu
Place of birth: Kanpur
School: I went to several schools, including Army Public School, Dagshai
First break: Force, with John Abraham, in 2011
Low point of your life: I confess that I still haven’t had one yet
High point of your life: The time I was offered Commando. The film has given me the canvas and the freedom to do my kind of action, which is beyond anything India has seen before

Currently I AM ...
Living, breathing and eating Commando and getting hours of martial arts training

Sunil Chhetri, footballer biography


Currently I have...
Just finished giving football tips to the Heineken Social Reporteron how to report at football tournaments'
High point of your life

Making my debut with the India versus Pakistan match in 2004 Low point of your life
Not getting a work permit to play for UK club Queens Park Rangers
If you weren’t a footballer you would have been?
An army officer.
How does it feel to be the second Indian footballer to play abroad after Baichung Bhutia?
To represent India in a diverse dressing room is nice. It’s a different experience in terms of infrastructure, training intensity and football culture.
What is the best thing about being captain of a football team?
It’s a great honour to represent your country on an international stage, and wearing the armband and leading the side is a great high. It’s a responsibility I cherish.
The person you admire the most?
My father, for the way he brought us up. His values and philosophy of life keep us focused on the job. In football, it is Lionel Messi.
How does Bhutia inspire you?
I see him as a mentor in my footballing career. He always helps junior players, both on and off the field. During the time I shared a dressing room with him, I was always keen on learning a thing or two from him.
Who are your all-time favourite footballers and why?
Brazilian legend Ronaldo. He has always been my favourite as someone who plays in my field position [forward]. He has everything – pace, power, high speed dribbling, and so many goals! Also, the number of comebacks he made after numerous injuries is very inspiring. I would also put [Lionel] Messi and Andrés Iniesta on the list.

Do you follow cricket? Who are your favourite cricketers?
I keenly follow the fortunes of the national team and Mahi [Mahendra Singh Dhoni] as a player.
One song that defines your current state of mind.
Stand up (for the champions) by Right Said Fred.
Your favourite travel destination.
One thing you dislike about your appearance.
I wish I was a couple of inches taller.
Your greatest extravagance.
My new house.
One thing about you that is mostly unknown.
I sleep for 12 hours a day, and sometimes even longer. I can sleep anywhere, at any time.
If you were an ice cream flavour, what would you be?
Chocolate chip cookie.
What can you live in?
Shorts and a T-shirt.
If you have less than a minute, what would you take on a trip?
Dental kit, passport, cash and mobile phone.
What makes your day?
Good food, and a good training session.
How do you destress?
I am a huge PlayStation and FIFA addict and that is how I generally spend my off days.
What touches your heart?
A random act of kindness.
Your favourite fast food.
Fortunately, I am not very fond of fast food.
Your mantra for success.
Enjoy what you do and give it everything you have.
Your fitness fundas.
Train hard and smart, eat right and get adequate rest.

My football fantasies

To play a World Cup for India in India

To help the younger generation in India achieve their footballing dreams

To play forward with Lionel Messi for Barcelona

To improve the perception of India as a footballing nation Your favourite bollywood actress.
Konkona Sen

Birthday: August 3
Place of birth: Hyderabad
Hometown: Delhi
School/college: Army Public School

Taapsee Pannu Biography

Actress: Taapsee Pannu

Birthday: August 1

Place of Birth: Delhi

College: Mata Jai Kaur Public School, Delhi; Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, New Delhi

First break: Telegu film Jhummandi Naadam, in 2010

Sun sign: Leo

Hometown: Delhi

High point of your life: Yet to come

Low point of your life: I’m usually happy, so can’t really recall any low point

Currently I am: Doing two Tamil films called Valai and Ganga. I’m soon going to sign a Hindi movie that will go on the floors by October

If you were the editor of a magazine for a day, whom would you put on the cover?: Hrithik Roshan, for obvious reasons. And the picture will be of us both

Your favourite Punjabi slang: Koi na...

Your favourite travel hotspot in north India: I’m not a mountain person but I like Leh a lot, a beautiful valley

A Punjabi dish to die for: Being a sardarni, I love chole bhature!

A Punjabi song you can’t stop humming: Honey Singh’s Angreji Beat and Ashok Masti’s Glassy

Which classic would you have chosen as your debut?: My debut was the remake of a classic — 1981 film Chashme Buddoor
What was the worst part about being in a remake?: Unwanted criticism by those who hadn’t watched the film because they preferred the original

What are the three things you would do if you could?: Eventually, I want to settle abroad, make sure my parents are secure in their old age and then visit the moon

A fashion trend you wish would make a comeback: Short kurtis teamed with Patiala salwars

Your favourite piece of jewellery: Bangles and anklets

Do you believe fairness creams work?: I think they work psychologically, not practically

Three cosmetics you can’t do without: I simply dislike cosmetics. When I’m out and not shooting, I only wear a lip balm

Your favourite cuisine: I love street food from Delhi’s roadside vendors — golgappe, chaat papdi, aloo tikki et al

A song to describe your life: Aaj main upar, aasma niche…

A talent you would love to acquire: To sing beautifully

Which do you prefer—a little black dress or a black sari?: A black sari

What would you wear to a hot date?: A cute, bright and flowy dress

The last line of your autobiography would read: See you back soon!

If you weren’t an actor, you would be: An MBA into marketing

Which colour dominates your wardrobe?: Currently, it’s fuchsia

A language you wish you were: fluent in Telegu and Tamil

You de-stress with: Sleeping and shopping

A body part you would insure: My brain, which I use quite often but which people eat up

The last time you had a bad hair day: I have curly and volumnous hair that I don’t even comb regularly. Most people would think I have a bad hair day everyday

A director you’d give anything to work with: Mani Ratnam

A gadget you can’t do without: I’m a software engineer and a gadget freak. From laptop to hard disks, ear phones to mobile— I can’t do without any of them

If you could jet-set to anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Mars, to see where men came from

Who is your 3 am friend?: My sleep

If you woke up and found you’d turned into a man: I’d probably die of a heart attack. I’m proud to be a woman

What will we find in your fridge?: Chocolates, which people keep gifting me in the belief that I love them like most girls do. As a matter of fact, I don’t like chocolates, teddy bears or flowers.

A movie that always brings a smile to your face: My film, Chashme Baddoor

A film that was part of your childhood: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The most overrated film: Dil Chahta Hai

The first movie you saw on screen: Chhota Chetan

A film that you have watched over five times: Chak De! India