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Richa Chadda – Girl uninterrupted

18 Apr

richa in white
Richa Chadda doesn’t mince words or beat round the bush. She is direct… just like the characters she plays with unblinking conviction. The award-winning actress speaks straight from the heart on movies, men and more…

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Up close and personal with Yami Gautam

18 Feb

low res YaamiThere are some people who radiate positivity, energy and happiness – what we call ‘good vibes’. Yami Gautam is one of those people. And she has reason to be. Not many actors from television make the cut to Bollywood. Her debut film Vicky Donor, directed by Shoojit Sircar was a sleeper hit. Made on a shoe-string budget the film not only vowed both the audiences and critics but also earned her many female debut awards.

But how did a girl born in Himachal Pradesh and raised in Chandigarh land up in Bollywood? A civil servant aspirant Yami was pursuing a law degree when her uncle sent her pictures to a production house. An audition for a television serial landed her in Mumbai and Yami never returned.

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Anushka Manchanda – singing up a storm

28 Jan

low res Anushka Manchanda3Singer, model, daredevil, actor…Anushka Manchanda’s life has taken many turns. But it is music that binds it all for this rock chic.

She became a sensation even before she turned 18. Discovered on one of the first reality shows in India Anushka Manchanda went on to be a part of India’s first girl band VIVA. And though the band split, Anushka moved on to be a VJ, model and even lend her bold and sassy voice to the Hindi film industry. Currently she is making waves for her uninhibited performance in the film Angry Indian Goddesses.

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Fitness gyan from Gautam Gulati

23 Oct

fitness, actor, Bollywood, Azhar, 6 pack abs, Gautam Gulati Gautam Gulati loves to flaunt his physique and is often seen shirtless. That’s understandable when you have a sculpted body with six-pack abs. The actor, who will soon make his Bollywood debut with Ekta Kapoor’s Azhar insists is a result of an all vegetarian diet and not artificial proteins.

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Have you met the fresh faces in Bollywood – Ayesha Kapur, Athiya Shetty, Zoa Morani

10 Sep
Ayesha Kapur, Bollywood actress, Hidesign, Pondichery, Dilip Kapur, child actor, Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ayesha Kapur

Every year, Bollywood sees a barrage of new faces, new hopes and new aspirations. The year 2015 is no different and the industry is geared to welcome talented debutantes. Check out these hottest newbies, who are all set to make their marks and became stars, almost overnight.

Ayesha Kapur
Ayesha burst onto to the scene in 2005 with Sanjay Leela Bhasali’s Black. As a deaf, mute and blind girl she delivered a multilayered performance that undercut expectations. Though she went on to win awards for her performance she soon faded into oblivion. “I went back to school in Pondicherry as my parents were very particular that I get myself a good education,” explains the heir of Hidesign the leather accessories company. Post boarding school and whilst waiting to get into NYU for an acting course Ayesha landed in Mumbai for a short internship with Sanjay Suri. Her fondness for the camera bloomed into serious passion and she stayed back in the city to pursue her acting dreams. Auditions for over two months with Yashraj Films casting head Shanu Sharma led the child prodigy to bag a three film deal with the production house. The first film is slated to be Shekhar Kapoor’s futuristic Romeo & Juliet set in Mumbai in the future when water is the greatest wealth. Sushant Singh the male lead plays a boy from the lower city who steals into the higher city where he meets Ayesha.

Ayesha Kapur, Bollywood, actor, Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, HidesignUndaunted by the delay in her debut Ayesha says, “I am positive about the wait period as I know I am working on my art. I want to show the audience of what I am capable of with my first film.” The preparations for the big ticket debut include hectic schedule of a run in the morning followed by acting classes, dance classes, lip-synching, Hindi classes and so on. What’s her strategy to be ahead of the curve in Bollywood? “I am not worried about the competition. I just need to stay true to my art and creativity as an artist. As long as you are in the industry for the right reasons I believe things will happen naturally. I have the right team backing me.” When not honing her acting skills the equestrian sets off to Pondicherry to ride horses, write poetry and work on her brand of accessories – Ayesha.

Would she join the ranks of other phenomenally talented child actresses like Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar who grew up to be stars in their own right? Only time will tell.

Zoa Morani
As daughter of Karim Morani, Shah Rukh Khan’s closest friend, film producer and owner of Bollywood’s biggest event management company Zoa Morani’s Bollywood aspirations aren’t surprising to say the least. When kids her age were playing doll Zoa was touring the world and watching Karisma Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan enthral audiences with their stage performances. “The energy was contagious and watching the actors on stage would give me goose bumps. I think that sowed the seed of acting in me,” she remembers.

Zoa Morani, actress, Bollywood, Morani Bros, acting

Zoa Morani

After a dream debut with Shah Rukh Khan production Always Kabhi Kabhi Zoa faced some rough weather when the movie tanked at the box office. There was more bad news in store as another film with Shyam Benegal too fizzled out and her father Karim Morani was embroiled in the 2G scam. When it became hard to find good work Zoa immersed herself in theatre. But all that is behind her now as Zoa is now gearing up for the release of her film Bhaag Johnny co starring Kunal Khemu and directed by Shivam Nair.

A thriller shot in Thailand Bhaag Johnny also involves a lot of intense emoting and action sequences. “It was tough and we had to run through fields with dried grass and sometimes thorns. But we pulled through and the result was totally worth it,” says Zoa who is an ardent practitioner of Ashtang Yoga. A theatre enthusiast she has also acted in a couple of plays including Taj Mahal Ka Udghatan. For this Alia Bhatt fan the ultimate Bollywood dream is to work with Sushant Singh and Farhan Akhtar.

Between now and the new year, these actors will go from being relatively unknown to virtually omnipresent. Will they rule the marquee or fall by the wayside – only time and box office grosses will tell.

Athiya Shetty

Athiya Shetty, actor, actress, Bollywood, Sunil Shetty, Mana Shetty, Hero

Athiya Shetty

Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya is poised for a debut with Salman Khan’s production Hero alongside another newcomer Sooraj Pancholi. “Growing up I wasn’t part of the film world and never visited dad’s sets. But I was always a Bollywood fanatic when it came to movies. I grew up watching DDLJ, Kuch kuch hota hain and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham a zillion times,” says the 22 year old who wants to stay in the film industry for a very long time. It’s a dream debut as the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that that his best friend’s daughter gets the biggest opening on September 25th. Hero is a remake of the 80s super hit by the same name. Sooraj and Athiya are enacting the characters essayed by Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri in the yesteryears.

Singh-iri at Singh is Bling trailer launch

20 Aug
Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Bollywood,  Singh is Bling, film

Akshay Kumar & Amy Jackson

These days trailer launches are all about masti and madness. The first look of Akshay Kumar & Amy Jackson starrer Singh Is Bliing was no different.

It was a typical mela setting where Akshay Kumar drove a tractor on the tune of his hit song ‘Tung Tung’ with Amy Jackson and director Prabhudeva giving him company. Dhol and bhangra dancers added to the revelry.

Akshay looked uber cool in a black suit with black turban and Amy complemented him in a red jumpsuit.

Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Ashvini Yardi, Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar, Prabhudeva

Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Ashvini Yardi, Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar, Prabhudeva

Bollywood Via Tollywood – a look at actresses taking the south route to Hindi film industry

20 Aug
Tapsee Pannu, actress, Bollywood,

Tapsee Pannu

Decades ago it was the dream of every south Indian star to make it big in Bollywood. That would be the ultimate stamp of approval. But today that has changed. Now the norm is to make a mark in the south film industry before heading to Bollywood. From Katrina Kaif, Shriya Saran and Genelia D’souza in the past, to latest entrants Ileana D’cruz, Tammana Bhatia and Tapsee Pannu these women have all established their careers first in the south before turning to Bollywood to fulfil their filmi aspirations.

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Girl Power – Taapsee Pannu

3 Jul

Brainy, sexy, feisty and a software engineer, the Baby actress loves mathematics and has even designed ‘Fontswap’ , an iPhone app that’s been downloaded 8 million times! Meet Taapsee Pannu…

_MG_0821aA Sikh girl who is also a software engineer ends up acting in South Indian films…too many contradictions

Well acting in south Indian films happened by chance and I am loving it. As for the software engineer bit being a no brainers is not a prerequisite for being an actor.

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Striking the right chords – Bollywood singers who up the fashion ante

11 Jun
Kanika Kapoor

Kanika Kapoor

Nothing is hotter than a woman who can rock a mic. Meet a new crop of fantastic female singers who embody a combination of raw charisma and talent that is impossible to ignore or deny. These songstresses have got the tunes, the personality and definitely the looks which have earned them a following and a rightful place in music history. Here’s a dekho at three such artistes…

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Namrata Purohit – Keeping Bollywood fit

26 May
Namrata Purohit with  Jacqueline Fernandes

Namrata Purohit with Jacqueline Fernandez

It was a fall from a horse that initiated squash champion Namrata Purohit into Pilates. And the rest is history. Today Namrata is the youngest trained Pilates Instructor in India and her clients include the who’s who of the Hindi film industry and corporate world.

“Pilates work on the deep muscles of your body, helps in toning, promotes stability, flexibility, strength and makes you feel energised,” says Namrata about the benefits of the regime. In an exclusive to fashionablyfoody, Namrata spills the beans on the fitness regime of some of her celebrity clients.

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