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RARING TO GO! Madhavan
Madhavan about his link-up with Kangna Ranaut and more in a chat with Deepali Dhingra

Sitting in his plush apartment on the 27th floor of the residential complex he stays in, Madhavan is a picture of restlessness. He directs the photographer on how to capture his moods, takes us for a walk around his house where he shows us airplanes he’s designed and the visit includes even a trip to the garage, where he keeps his prized posession, his bike! The actor vrooms around, for the photographer’s benefit before settling down with an amused expression on being enquired about the buzz between him and Kangna Ranaut, his co-star from Tanu Weds Manu. “Is there a rumour?” he enquires, “Well, then what do I say? I lead a very boring life. Either that or I’m too smart!” he laughs, when we make the observation that one hasn’t heard of too many link-ups when it comes to him. So what’s the scene between him and Kangna actually? “She’s an amazing professional. On the sets, she, her sister, her dog and I were a gang. That’s about it!” he says firmly. Okay point noted. Madhavan would rather talk about his other films 3 Idiots and Teen Patti, where he gets to be in the esteemed company of Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley. “In 3 Idiots, I’m back again with Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi after Rang De Basanti, so there was added pressure of living upto the expectations of the audience,” he says. And no, he wasn’t apprehensive about playing a college student at this age. “We’re not horrible old men with pot-bellies and sagging skin!” he exclaims, “It was about getting the lingo and body language correct.” As for Teen Patti, he just can’t get over having Big B all to himself, even if is for a few scenes. “We played golf in between shots and I have to say, they were the greatest singular most important moments of my life,” he smiles.


Working with Sir Ben Kingsley on the other hand, Madhavan can only attribute to karma. “I’d not thought of acting till I saw him in Gandhi, so I guess there has to be something like karma for me to be acting alongside him,” he adds.

Maddy, as he’s fondly called, wants to do what he calls masti films now. “I’m tired of doing meaningful films!” the actor chuckles, “The kind of cinema I did, I was doing to satisfy my ego. Now I don’t want to play the nice guy anymore — I want to catch the bull by the horns!” And by that, he means doing light-hearted roles, including romance and comedy. “I want to do some roles now that are closer to me in real life. God has made some creations who are made to enjoy life, I’m one of them!” he smiles. And he couldn’t have said it better.
BOMBAY TIMES (December 8, 2009)
LADY IN BLACK: Sushmita Sen. For more pictures of the diva, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…says Sushmita Sen who returns to Bollywood after two years looking like a diva again

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 16, 2009)

It’s been two long years since we last saw Bollywood diva Sushmita Sen sizzle on screen. This of course, barring the passable international film Karma, Confessions and Holi, which the former beauty queen vehemently denied being associated with. “Yes, it’s been long since I have seen me on screen too,” she jokes. Having shed the extra weight she’d had to gain for a movie role, the leggy beauty’s looking her usual svelte self. “Sexy, sensuous, gorgeous, it’s all about what’s up here,” she says, pointing towards her head. But now she’s ready to put her sexiest foot forward, as she readies to make up for her long absence with two back-to-back films coming up and a string of flicks lined up next year as well.

Kickstarting with Do Knot Disturb, followed by Dulha Mil Gaya and later No Problem, Sush also seems to have finally found her forte — comedy. But point this out and she is quick to clarify, “I don’t want to be bound down by genres. But yes, I am really tired of consolation prizes and do want to sign up more commercial films. I am done with the experimenting phase,” she says, reflecting on her choice of films post Main Hoon Na.

And though she doesn’t regret her choices, she does admit that several have left a bitter taste. “I gave up a lot of roles to do films that I thought would bring out the actress rather than the heroine in me,” she says candidly. “But today is different. Now I want to go in for the kill, at least that’s the idea,” she asserts the fighting spirit in her. Keen to repeat the success, she tasted with her early attempts at comedy, now she is looking forward to silencing her detractors once again.

Looking back at the past two years, Sush was kept busy by the constant speculation revolving around her personal life and professional. But she always maintained a dignified silence, whether it was talks about her weight gain — which she had incidentally gained to play the role of
a hatti katti wife opposite Govinda in Do Knot… — or about her onand-off relationship with filmmaker Mudassar or even her ambitious project Rani Laxmi Bai and more recently reports of tension between her and good friend Shah Rukh Khan. “I am very vocal, but not reactive. I don’t believe in feeding rubbish stories. Sometimes being the silent puppy is the ultimate diva act,” she says, dismissing the apparent fight with SRK as a rumour.

However, talk about her pet project Rani Laxmi Bai and she reveals that she’s happy at the moment to watch the historical character being revived on television. “The project is on hold and will remain so till I don’t get to make it my way.” And about her film based on the life of late Benazir Bhutto? “Well that has to be cleared by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). It’s a very controversial film so the moment we get a clearance, the project will be on,” she confirms.

Till then she’s happy with the films on her platter and a “gorgeous daughter” to keep her busy back home. “Oh, she’s a very sharp girl. In fact, I learn a lot from her each day,” says the proud mamma. But between the momdaughter duo does the father talk ever crop up. “Renee would surely like to have a father, but she doesn’t miss one yet. Often I tease her about getting her married off, and she’s quick to retort, ‘Not before you get married first,’ so yes, that’ll happen sometime too. We will definitely get a dad for Renee.” But who and when? “Well, that’s not something I am revealing yet,” she smiles.
Sanjay Dutt had a great 50th birthday bash in Cape Town, complete with belly dancers, friends in high spirits and emotional speeches
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 30, 2009)
Although Sanjay Dutt was reluctant to celebrate his 50th birthday as close friend and mentor Amar Singh was not back on his feet after his surgery, his friends across the globe brought his birthday in with a bang. The celebration on Tuesday night was nothing less than a grand affair in Cape Town, South Africa, where the actor is shooting for No Problem.

Naturally, Maanyata played a perfect host, by welcoming the guests and making sure that everybody was comfortable. A source present at the bash said, “It was an extremely private affair with select invitees. Dutt’s close friends like Imran from South Africa, Paresh from Chicago, Mac from LA, Sudesh of Wizcraft and cricketer Graham Smith were present. Among the filmi crowd were Akshaye Khanna and Paresh Rawal, who were shooting in Durban and flew down for the party.”

According to the source, the bash was organised by Sanjay’s friends from Cape Town. The source added, “Everybody was welcomed by a local band after which, they drove down in a black limousine from the hotel to one of the most beautiful lounges, Karma, at Camps Bay.”

Apparently, Akshaye Khanna, was in high spirits after a few drinks and kept hugging Sanjay.

“Apart from dancing to typical Bollywood songs, there were belly dancers too to entertain the guests. Alcohol flowed in plenty while the select menu included a choice of sea food specialties and Sushi. At midnight, Sanjay cut the cake and they partied till Wednesday morning.”

Everyone, including Maanyata, gave a speech in Dutt’s honour.

Claudia Ciesla, who is Salman’s new blue-eyed girl,reacts to Abhishek Bachchan calling her a ‘fan’ after their pictures at the Cannes festival were splashed everywhere

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 09, 2009)
Have you seen any Hindi films or met any Indian actors?

Yes, I have seen many Bollywood films and have met some Indian actors like Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and also producers, directors and other celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Rakesh Roshan, Ashok Amritraj, Vijay Mallya, Vikram Bhatt and Ketan Anand.

You recently went to the Cannes festival where you met several Indian filmmakers and actors. How was your experience?

Great! I was invited to several high-profile parties and I met some wonderful people from Bollywood They were all very nice and gave me some great advice.
Your pictures with Abhishek Bachchan (published in Mumbai Mirror on May 18) created quite a controversy.

I too was shocked on reading those reports especially as some wrong information was published. I think it’s because Abhishek usually attends the Cannes fest with his charming wife. But when we met, he was there without her. I know they are very happy together and were probably afraid that some stupid rumours might start doing the rounds. I can totally understand their point of view. But I was not happy that Abhi later said that he has never met me. Later I was informed that he told his PR person  that he has seen some of my nude pictures (WHICH DO NOT EXIST) and that his PR should leak this information out to the media. It was unfair and not right.


What did the two of you speak about when you met? Was Abhishek introduced to you formally?

It was the opening party of the Indian Pavillion and many Indian ministers, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and others were present. Everybody was greeting each other with a handshake. Abhi and I did the same when we passed each other. I said hello and he offered me his hand. He was kind of staring at me and I was probably the only white girl there. He asked me what I was doing there and I told him I have done three Indian films earlier and that I was there to promote my film Karma, which will soon be released worldwide. I told him to see the film and he just smiled at me.

When your pictures with him were published, he said that you were just a fan. (Mirror carried Abhishek’s version on May 20)

I have seen his films and I think he is a brilliant actor. But I am surely NOT Abhishek’s fan. When I compare him with Salman Khan, I feel Salman is better looking than Abhishek. Salman is also a better dancer and does his stunts himself just like I do. Salman is a fearless, tough and cool guy. That’s something I wouldn’t say about Abhi.

You are the new girl in Salman’s life…

Depends what you mean by ‘the new girl’. (Laughs) He gave me some good advice about the Bollywood film business, but he didn’t me promise anything. He was always very nice, a real gentleman and very correct. I promised Salman not to talk about all this in detail and I never will. But I certainly can repeat what Salman has said: Yes, we met.

How did the two of you meet and where?

Sorry, no details.

You have also met Salman’s family.

Yes, I was invited to his house and he introduced me to almost everybody in his family – his brothers, sister and his wonderful father, Salim.

Abhishek Bachchan

Salman Khan

Any plans to come to India for a full-fledged career in Bollywood?

Sure. I love India and I already have many good friends there. I would love to make a career in Bollywood but I’m realistic enough to know it’s not a cakewalk. I still have a lot to learn. I want to learn Hindi and Bollywood dance and I want more training in martial arts. I feel at home in India and home is where your heart is. I will always come back to India.

What made you do the film Karma?

I had met Vivek Singhania earlier and I knew that one of his big Bollywood films (Himesh Reshammiya starrer Aap Kaa Surroor) was filmed in Germany. In January 2008, he sent me the script of Karma offering me the role of Linda. I loved the script and my role. The film will soon be released in India. It’s a wonderful film and has already won many awards. Please keep your fingers crossed that people will like it.

There are rumours that you have a topless scene in the film.…

There is a rape scene in the film where I get killed. This scene was earlier supposed to be done by a body double and a stuntwoman. But, I refused to use a body double and stuntwoman and did the action scene all by myself. I am pretty tough and not afraid of dangerous scenes. The poor boy, who fought with me in the scene, got injured as I really kicked him badly. I heard he had to visit a doctor. As for if there is a topless scene, you really should see the film.