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NO PAIN, NO GAIN: John Abraham pushes himself an extra mile

John Abraham believes if you want to achieve something, you’ve got to go through pain…

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 5, 2010)

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words. But this stark and screaming one of John Abraham pumping 140 lbs dumbells in the gym, does 473 actually. The Bollywood hunk himself believes it is a “wild, crazy and ugly” picture. “But it speaks the state of my mind,” he is quick to explain. He is at an inbetween stage. In between films. He’s finished Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800 Love and has Nishikant Kamath’s
(Mumbai Meri Jaan) untilted action project lined up next. Then there’s Dostana 2 starting in June. Before which he has four months to himself. “To look at life, to introspect, to ask myself questions about things I’ve done and which need to be done, to solve 10,000 problems, my mind is caught in a melee,” carries on the actor, “there’s a lot of nervous energy, there’s tension waiting to be relieved, and the gym is my release. I’m not lifting heavy weights to prove a point. The gym is like my church and working out is like praying…”
He’s umindful of the fact that, like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, he’s stuck to doing one film a year only. There was Dostana in 2008 and New York in 2009. That’s it. “Like everybody else, I get offers all the time, but you’ll never hear I refused a film… I don’t take pride in saying that. The point is not to do everything you get… but to do the right thing,” says John. And right now, he’s not doing anything. Yet he’s the only actor, apart from SRK and Akshay Kumar, with a non-filmi lineage who’s hanging in there. Perhaps that’s because John has a huge and loyal fan following that’s got nothing to do with the success or failure of his films.
But it doesn’t worry him who’s doing what in Bollywood. “I’ve studied economics, so I know that if somebody else’s film works, so will I as an industry,” he says. And he’s busy benchpressing in the gym towards his own benchmarks. He’s got severe tendonitis in both elbows, shin splints, he fractured the bones, severed the veins in his left foot in a 2006 bike accident, he broke the navicular bone in his right foot last year… yet, as his T-shirt suggests, John Abraham is aware that pain is temporary, pride is forever. “If you want to achieve something, you’ve got to go through pain,” he warns. “I’m trying to reach a pinnacle, at the gym, in films and life itself. I want to get to a point where I can say, yes, I’ve got what it takes.”

By Subhash K. Jha, December 28, 2009 – 13:03 IST

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Why did Genelia D’Souza rush to meet her director Ken Ghosh at midnight on Christmas Day when her family waited for her at home for the festivities?

At midnight on Thursday when Christmas day started, Ken Ghosh finished editing and post-production of Chance Pe Dance and was feeling like sharing the moment with his lead pair. Shahid Kapoor however, was unavailable. Genelia, Ken thought, would be busy celebrating Christmas with her family.

Says Ken, “Even I was supposed to be back home with my wife and kids for Christmas opening gifts (I love doing that). But since it was the final day of post-production, I had no way of avoiding work even on Christmas. I really wanted to share that moment with my actors.”

On an impulse Ken called up Genelia. “And guess what? She agreed to come down to Pixion in Bandra where I was editing straight from midnight mass which was in a Church nearby. I never thought she’d do this, what with Christmas being an important day in her home. But she did. But then Genelia has been hand-on with this project, almost like a part of the production team.”

Genelia’s enthusiasm for the editing and post-production of Chance Pe Dance was due to her proximity to the project, in more way than one. Explains Ken, “Genelia lives down the road from Pixion where we edited Chance Pe Dance. And her gym is in the same building as Pixion. So throughout the editing and post-production Genelia has been dropping in. But on Christmas midnight she outdid herself.”

Genelia rushed to the editing studio after midnight mass, saw the complete film and rushed home to join the family for Christmas. Says Ken emotionally, “Before she left she gave me the best Christmas gift ever. A big hug. Throughout the shooting of Chance Pe Dance she has been our sunshine girl. So much so that when she wasn’t on the sets, all of us would actually get depressed and perk up the minute she came back.”

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Done with playing the boy who has a ‘coming of age’ moment, Ranbir will now develop the physique of a man for future roles

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Ranbir Kapoor, one of today’s most happening young stars is all set to go from scrawny to brawny. After five releases where Ranbir has maintained an extremely thin physique, he will now be seen flaunting a more muscular and manly look as his roles get more mature.

Evidently, both, Siddharth Anand’s Anjana Anjani and Imtiaz Ali’s next film, due to start shooting after March, require this of him.

Says a source, “Both the characters require Ranbir to play a man and not a boy. In all his films so far he has played a boy just stepping into maturity and facing the hardships of life. In Anjana Anjani he plays a man on the move and must match his physical appearance with Priyanka Chopra who’s chronologically older than Ranbir and therefore automatically perceived to be older than him by the audience.”

In Imtiaz Ali’s film too Ranbir, for the first time, plays an intense lover.

Ranbir has changed his exercising regime in the gym and is now doing a training that would build his muscles.

Says Ranbir, “Yes I am beefing up my physique for next year. Change is good, don’t you think?”

Ranbir describes his break with Deepika as just a rough patch even as he reveals he would like to get back with her

By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (December 04, 2009)


Love stories rarely ever tread a smooth path and the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone relationship is no exception. The couple, who have been together for nearly two years, are currently going through what Ranbir describes as a “rough patch”.

Everyone expected sparks to fly between Ranbir and his Anjana Anjani co-star Priyanka Chopra when they were shooting recently in Bangkok. “But,” say sources, “Ranbir was too much into his own space to even notice his glamourous co-star. He spent most of his time, when not shooting, either at the gym or taking walks and visiting malls.” Obviously his heart was somewhere else.

Deepika Padukone Ranbir Kapoor


Will they get back together? “I hope so,” says Ranbir with a smile.

This should be music to Deepika’s ears. She, we hear, is equally miserable away from Ranbir. If they got together again, the plus is that she wouldn’t have to hide her tattoo anymore.

Vidya Balan talks about Shahid Kapoor, and how the loneliness had a negative impact on her appearance and weight

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 14, 2009)

 

What is the difference between Vidya of Kismet Connection and Vidya of Paa and Ishqiya?

I know what you want to hear (laughs). To begin with, I have lost a lot of weight. I am feeling healthier and happier. Paa will see me in the Indian look. I am very excited about Paa and Ishqiya both. The change started by losing…yes, I had gained a bit of weight.


At the wrong places?

(Laughs) Let me say it. It’s been a long journey. Full marks to my dietician Pooja Makhija and trainer Vilayat Hussain. I don’t even go to a gym. I train at home. I do a bit of cardio, weights and calisthenics. And I eat a lot more intelligently now.

 

After losing weight, why are you not seen in Western outfits?

I didn’t lose weight to wear suggestive outfits. I lost weight to feel better about myself. I enjoy wearing Indian clothes.

Don’t you therefore stand to lose roles? You have kissed in Ishqiya, you did a lovemaking scene in Heyy Baby, so why say no to ‘suggestive’ attire?

I will wear what is required. But you know, suggestive outfits tantamount to skin show and take away the meat from the character. I want the meat, not the bone.

Have you always avoided daring outfits? Even in your teens, college etc?

Yes. My friends wore what collegians mostly wear. But I didn’t join them. I stood alone, but I was happy. I do wear skirts, but not very short ones. And I don’t wear shorts, not even at home.

Back to your weight loss. Did the caustic comments about your weight finally get to you?

I won’t say that I was immune to them. But you see, I was going through a lot of confusion in my head on a lot of fronts. I started taking a few things for granted. I became complacent. And I lost interest. Till Kismet Connection, everything was going well for me and then suddenly…

That was when your friendship with Shahid Kapoor went haywire?

I don’t see the connection.

Connection with a ‘K’, eh! Okay, what triggered  off the need to lose weight?

Well, my mom sat me down and told me that I needed to feel good about myself.  I think that I was trying to be someone else. I was desperately trying to fit into a certain mould (pauses)

Go on…

(Looks up at the ceiling) It was not about my weight and clothes. Those caustic comments were coming because I looked unhappy. I was exuding a certain amount of unhappiness.

Why were you unhappy?

You know what…

What?

If someone who matters to you talks you down, it can break you. That someone whose approval mattered to me started to constantly find faults with me. It started reflecting on me. At that point of time, it was important to walk away from that relationship. I don’t want to take his name.

Hmmm… I get it. Shahid doesn’t want to work with you now.

(Interrupts) Did I say that that I want to work with him? (pauses)

Continue…

If someone doesn’t want to work with me, so be it. It’s his loss completely. There are other fish in the sea.

Your friendship with fashion designer Shabina Khan has gone sour. Once upon a time, she was your best friend.

One tends to spend a lot of time with people one works with. My best friends have been people I have grown up with.

She isn’t too fond of you now.

I don’t bother about how people feel about me. What matters to me is how I feel about them.

How do you feel about Shabina?

Just like I feel about any other professional acquaintance.

Parting shot?

Even today, I am standing alone, but I am happy again. That’s all that is important to me (runs her hand through her hair and smiles)

I don’t know what the trade pundits have to say about Karan Johar’s Kurbaan, but Saif Ali Khan, whose first film this is opposite Kareena

Saif Ali Khan

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Kapoor, is very confident about the November 20 release.

MARK MANUEL (Bombay Times; November 5, 2009)

“I’ve a good feeling about it,” he told me. We were talking on the phone because he’s here, there and everywhere promoting the film, and just not available in Mumbai.

Tuesday he was in Delhi, yesterday London, next Dubai. “There’s more to life than shooting,” he sighed. In the background, I could hear Kareena prompting his replies. They’re not doing all the promotions together, because she’s busy making Stepmom with Karan at the same time, and Saif… well, after this he swore he’s taking a month off in December to “train and get into serious shape” before they start shooting for his home production Agent Vinod. His idea of training is not the same as Aamir’s or, say, Salman’s.
“I won’t get a funda trainer… but just kill myself in the gym. It’ll be a combo of yoga and weights. You don’t need a NASA scientist to get a great body,” he chortled.

He’s worked with Karan before in Kal Ho Na Ho, but that time, the filmmaker was completely involved in every aspect of the film. This time, Karan has left it to director Rensil D’Silva. “So the film’s got its own flavour,” explained Saif, “Rensil has brought his ad world sensibilities to Kurbaan, and this is not a filmi kind of movie… it’s a love story and thriller with a socio-politically relevant background. When I step back and see the promos, the posters, I’m like – wow!” Which means he’s confident about what it will do at the box-office. “But there’s also the risk of an off-screen couple being boring on-screen,” he admitted.

“Which means Bebo and I have to choose our roles carefully. We’ve got to present an exciting avatar on-screen… more than the usual pairing. And that we have done in this film. I was equally confident about Love Aaj Kal (his last film and first home production)… but there were moments of panic as well then. In this business, it’s tough to be consistent about your emotions. I can’t be like a rock. I go through ambivalence.”

There’s a lot riding for Kareena, as well, in Kurbaan… especially since her last film Main Aur Mrs Khanna, and Kambakht Ishq before that, didn’t exactly do much for her at the box-office. Saif, aware that she is listening to our conversation, defended his co-star and love. “I preferred her in Jab We Met,” he said cleverly.

“And I thought she looked stunning in Kambakht Ishq. It was a clever attempt at a commercial potboiler. Akshay was very funny. But people discuss Kambakth Ishq as if it was of great national importance. It was a fun film. Main Aur Mrs Khanna… I’m not sure, I saw a rough print, I don’t watch too many films, I’m not an authority… it was a sweet film, I don’t know what to say, baba! I think she chooses all kinds of films. She covers the entire spectrum of Hindi cinema in her choices… not all of them for the best! She’s done Kambakht Ishq and Main Aur Mrs Khanna this year, now she’s got Kurbaan, then 3 Idiots, and she’s working on Stepmom… all different. I think she works more for the audience than herself!”

They’ve worked together in Tashan earlier. The film, well, was disastrous… but it brought them close. Was Kareena different as an actress then, I asked. Saif hummed and hawed, then safely replied, “The same… she’s focused and a sensitive artiste, very concentrated. Also great fun to work with. I had just a couple of scenes with her in Tashan. So Kurbaan is really my first experience with her. There are few people I’ve met who are more passionate about their work. And I’m impressed with that. It’s not just about giving your shot… her knowledge of cinema is great and all round, and she has a deep interest, which I find very cool.”

Naturally, there must have been joys and pains in working with her. I pictured him giving her a backward glance then saying, “No pains, being together, creating something special, watching each other at work… those were the joys. I normally don’t have to worry about my co-star’s moods because I’ve not been so deeply involved with a co-star. But here we were connected. So I had to take time… to get comfortable… to find my own space… to figure out what to do between shots, how to unwind, I mean… we didn’t have to be together all the time. It’s a bit like working with your mom… she knows you so well, there’s no scope of impressing her!

” So, who’s your favourite actress, I asked Saif Ali Khan, the artful dodger. “Suchitra Sen, Zeenat Aman, Madhubala…” he began. Then, “Oh, you mean who I’ve worked with… I don’t know what to say… I’ve not worked with too many… but Rani’s a great co-star and Kareena’s fab… but my favourite actress, hmmm…” And Kareena Kapoor replied for him from the background, “Monica Bedi!”

By Renu Chawla, September 30, 2009 – 11:57 IST

John Abraham Not even one film old, Jacqueline Fernandes seems to have impressed John Abraham. The actor has signed the actress in his next directed by close friend Sabal Shekhawat.

The project might have been shelved with Studio18 but John is quite keen to work on the project. A source reveals, ”John has seen some rushes and promos of Jacqueline’s debut film Aladin and really liked her. They both work out in the same gym and also have known each other for quite sometime. During the recce of this movie, John had spoken to the director and friend Sabal about Jacqueline. Now that the Studio 18 has backed out from the project, John is considering producing the movie along with Sabal and have finalized on the model turned actress.”

The source continues, ”The movie is a drama thriller and required a glamorous chick. Jacqueline will also be seen in a sporty avatar for the film and will be having a different look in the film. The movie will be going on floors early next year after John is finished shooting with his other projects. The director yet has to finalize the location, Turkey being one of them.”

Director Sabal confirms, ”We have signed Jacqueline for the movie. It is a story about 5 ex-commandos and what happens to them. Naseeruddin Shah and Ranvir Shorey also play important roles in the film.”

Speaking about the producers of the film, he says, ”John was planning to line produce the film along with my production house but nothing has been finalized. We are in talks with other production houses.”

A source close to the actress confirms, ”Jacqueline has signed the movie and is excited to work with John.”

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Pratik, who chooses not to use his parents’ surname, Patil or Babbar, (that’s how his maternal grandmother wants it),
By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 25, 2009)
On Sunday night, the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na scene-stealer created a flutter when he appeared as the showstopper for designer Kunal Rawal at the Fashion Week. Mumbai Mirror caught up with the young actor for an exclusive chat.Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat is your next release?
Yes, the movie is complete but it will release sometime next year. Kiran recently had a traumatic incident (a miscarriage) and at present things are on hold. I guess the film should come around July next year. The experience of working with Aamir Khan was great.

You’ve also been signed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Yes. The film should start in December.

There’s an element of mystery around you. You are hardly seen?
Even I keep thinking about it. I’m wondering if everyone is all over the place, why am I not there. If everyone is running a rat race, I keep asking myself why I am not doing the same. Anyway, I’m happy I walked the ramp. Kunal Rawal is a friend. When he broached the subject of me walking the ramp, I was hesitant. Now I’m happy we nailed it.

Post Jaane Tu… Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza created quite a stir. What happened to you?
I retreated into my shell for some reason. Then I got around to reading scripts. Out of 10, I found five exciting, five awful. If the first 10 pages  don’t excite me, then I can’t read further. I’m a passion-driven guy. I’d love to play super-hero in a film.

Currently, what is a normal day in your life like?
I wake up at 6am and hit the gym by 7am. I like exercising because I’m excited about the results. I like the way my body looks now. When I get home, I shower and eat my head off. Then it is two hours of Hindi lessons from my tutor, Prakash Bhardwaj. After that it is two hours of yoga. At 9pm, I’m pooped and don’t want to do anything more.

Would you like to do theatre?  Your sister Juhi is into theatre.
I love the stage. I do follow the work Juhi does.

Do you meet Juhi and Arya often?
No. I only go there when my dad (Raj Babbar) is in town. He is hardly in Mumbai these days. As I said earlier, my days are so packed. I don’t get a chance to do much else.

Surprising, because once upon a time you were  a party animal.
For a year, I partied hard. I would stay out of the house for 4-5 days in a row and would not take calls. And my aunt (Manya Patil) and my grandmother would be exasperated. They were like, ‘what are you up to, kid?’ Now I hate going out. In Mumbai, every place is so crowded. At a nightclub, you have to hold your drink in the air and try squeezing your way around. There are people sticking to you from all sides. Sometimes it gets terrible.

What is the weirdest rumour you heard about yourself recently?
Ha, I read somewhere that I was dating an 18-year-old girl from South Mumbai. I don’t know any 18-year-old girls. I have to find out the girl I’m supposed to be dating.

And what is your latest indulgence?
My latest buy and passion is my silver (C-class) Mercedes. It has black interiors. Ideally I’d have liked a black Merc. But a black one comes with beige interiors. Beige feels old.  On second thoughts, I should have got myself an Audi A-4.

After a self-imposed house arrest to prepare for his next film, Farhan Akhtar was so depressed that he took two months to recover
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 22, 2009)

Farhan Akhtar recently took his love for method acting too far. So involved was he with his role in his forthcoming film, Karthik Calling Karthik that he took two long months to get back to his normal self.

The story goes that for his next film, Karthik Calling Karthik, in which he plays a super intense character, Farhan locked himself in his house and refused to meet or interact with anyone to prepare for his role. He did this continuously for eight days. Farhan didn’t even spare his immediate family during the eight days that he had locked himself up. He would hardly interact with them.

Farhan Akhtar

The actor also stopped his daily work out altogether as he plays the boy-next-door, which requires him to look very unlike a hero.

After preparing for eight days, Farhan shot for the film start to finish, which took a toll on him. The immediate aftereffect of the self-imposed arrest was that he withdrew into a shell and didn’t have a social life for a long time.

When Farhan realised that he had taken the love for acting too far, he started getting back to his normal routine by first taking a two-week long holiday overseas. After he came back about a month ago, the first thing he did was hit the gym as he was sorely missing his work out sessions. Exercising daily also made him feel good and he gradually got back his confidence, which he had lost because of getting under the skin of the character.

Farhan is still in the process of reclaiming his life and he makes sure that he meets his old friends regularly and also has begun getting back to his busy work schedule, slowly but surely.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali asks Hrithik to tone down his muscular look and put on weight for his role in Guzaarish
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 09, 2009)
Hrithik Roshan has virtually stopped hitting the gym. For Guzaarish, the taskmaster Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given him strict instructions to put on weight for his role.

The instructions read: You have to put on some weight around your stomach and abs. And you can’t cut your hair and beard.

Hrithik is adhering to Bhansali’s instructions diligently. The gym, which was a very important part of Hrithik’s everyday life, has taken a back seat.

For those who came in late, Hrithik is on a wheelchair for a major portion of the film and he has been practising wheeling himself around to practice for the role. He has been researching paraplegic patients and has been reading up on their physical behaviour as well.

A source said, “Nowadays, Hrithik does not indulge in his regular workouts which involve a lot of weight-lifting. If he goes to the gym, he goes for barely few minutes and does just the basic things. There are days when he may not go the gym too.”

Explaining why Bhansali instructed Hrithik to refrain from working out, our source said, “Bhansali is very kicked about Guzaarish. Like always, he is particular about every minute detail this time too.”

Hrithik’s official spokesperson said, “Hrithik has a very lean look these days. Since he plays a paraplegic patient in Guzaarish, he can’t look so fit and trim in the film.”

A friend of Hrithik said, “Unlike most actors who feel restless when they stop going to the gym, Hrithik is very cool about it. At this point of time, his mind is working only on Guzaarish. He has taken to Bhansali’s film like a duck takes to water. He knows that he can get back his present look in a few days time, if and whenever he wants.”

So if you see a tad roly poly Hrithik in the near future, don’t be surprised.



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