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ANGRY AND HURT: Mandira Bedi

Mandira Bedi sends channel legal notice for ankle broken on show

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 24, 2009)

Mandira Bedi is in a bad shape, physically, mentally and right now, even emotionally. A bad stunt during the Khatron Ke Khiladi press conference in Mumbai that resulted in a broken ankle, surgery, a metal plate with seven screws to hold the bone in place, has left her upset and tearful. She sent Colors, the television channel hosting the show, a legal notice for ignoring her, now that the show is off the air and demanded a response within seven days. The channel asked for time. “Six weeks later, do they still need more time,” asked a fuming Mandira.

At the press conference, at the behest of show host Akshay Kumar, the 13 lady contestants jumped from a 15-foot height, barefoot, onto two thin coir mattresses. “Barefoot, because we weren’t informed before hand that we were doing a stunt and didn’t have training shoes,” said Mandira, who hurt her foot badly after doing the stunt. A doctor on the set advised her to ice the badly swollen foot. Mandira called her husband, who suggested an X-ray. Nobody from Colors accompanied her to the hospital, she said. “I left alone in my car as there wasn’t an ambulance there. My X-ray confirmed a fracture. I informed the Colors team of it and my inability to return. Then I went to hospital to put my foot in a cast. The next day, a newspaper reported that ‘Mandira twisted her ankle’. Which is the only official statement from Colors,” added Mandira. Injuries and all, in cast and on crutches, Mandira still made the KKK finale shoot where Akshay acknowledged her injury as a
“zara si moch”.

Then followed a painful, three-hour surgery and many attempts by Mandira in vain to talk to the CEO of the channel. “He deigned to call me back,” she alleged. “Of course, it was only because the show was still on air! Subsequently, he apologised for a Colors employee’s feeble attempt at clearing my hospital bills, saying it would be ‘chicken-feed in comparison to all the pain and trauma I have gone through’. He also assured me that he would ‘make it up to me’. That was the last time I heard from him or anyone else from there.” But Mandira doesn’t want anyone to “make it up to her” she wants them to take responsibility. “Accept, on a public forum, that a mistake happened, that there was medical negligence and violation of safety norms. This acknowledgement makes for a larger issue. This callous and inhuman behaviour has to be made an example of,” she insisted. “What if Akshay had hurt himself doing a stunt on the show because of lack of safety or medical negligence? Would the channel wash their hands off him?”

A spokesperson from Colors told BT: “We’re surprised on receiving this notice from Mandira and our lawyers are in the process of responding to the notice. The fact is that she voluntarily opted to do the jump and all due care was taken during all the rehearsals of the show, to ensure safety of all participants. For unforeseen incidents, there was an ambulance and a doctor on stand-by, always. It was unfortunate that she hurt herself during one of the rehearsal drills. While adequate firstaid was offered to her on site, we also offered to pick up her medical expenses for this injury. And we are willing to reimburse her medical expenses now as well if we receive the bills from her. After doing all this, her behaviour leaves us amazed.”

MAKING A MARK: (From top) Dia Mirza, Konkona SenSharma, Neil Nitin Mukesh; (below) Abhay Deol and Shabana Azmi. For more pictures of the stars, visit

Twenty stars to do the catwalk for a good cause

NICOLE DASTUR Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 23, 2009)

When Naresh Goyal’s 20-year-old daughter Namrata Goyal, who is Shabana Azmi’s godchild, went to the village Mijwan in UP with the actress-cum-activist for the first time, she came back with an idea. Such was the life transforming experience for her.

To rewind a bit — Shabana Azmi’s NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), which was started by her father Kaifi Azmi, has been doing noteworthy work for the betterment of the villagers of Mijwan. When Namrata was amidst the villagers, she too was inspired to do something for their welfare. And that’s how
‘Mijwan — Sonnets in Fabric’, a fashion show with a difference was born, to raise funds to set up a District Learning Centre in the village. “I have always believed in the power of youth to act as catalysts for change. Fifty percent of India is under 25 years, they can change the world if they are motivated to get involved and tap into their own reserves of strength,” says Shabana.

SA The fashion contest-cum-show will
also serve as a platform for fashion designing students to showcase their talent. Students from five fashion and design institutes will take part in an inter-collegiate contest where shortlisted students will be mentored by designers Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre, and their creations will be showcased by top stars and models including Karan Johar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Abhay Deol, Malaika Arora-Khan, R Madhavan, Konkana SenSharma, Dia Mirza, Prachi Desai, Raima Sen, Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi, Sandhya Mridul, Mona Singh, Tupur and Tapur Chatterjee, Aditi Govitrikar, Diandra Soares, Alesia Raut and Dipannita Sharma. The show, to be held in December, will be compered by Mandira Bedi, styled by Manish and Anita and judged by eminent names. “These stars are youth icons and it will be a huge boost for these students to have their creations showcased by them,” says Shabana, adding that she is grateful to all the stars and designers for being a part of this venture absolutely free of cost. ad

STEALING THE SHOW: Manish Malhotra (centre) with his showstoppers Amrita Rao and Bhaichung Bhutia
Star appeal on the ramp stole the show at Kolkata Fashion Week

TANMOY GHOSH Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 16, 2009)

Kolkata Fashion Week – Season II sent the City of Joy into a tizzy what with eminent designers Wendell Rodricks, Rocky S, Zubair Kirmani, Narendra Kumar, Manish Malhotra and Bibi Russell showcasing their creations at the five-day long affair. The event kickstarted with Ritu Kumar rocking the ramp on September 9. The grand finalé on September 13 had Manish Malhotra as the show-stealer.

Bollywood, too, made its presence felt in a big way with Irrfan Khan, Neil Nitin
Mukesh, Nandana Sen, Rimi, Sophie Choudry, Amrita Rao, Sameera Reddy, Mandira Bedi, Minissha Lamba, Riya and Rituparna Sengupta as showstoppers. The star appeal on the ramp continued with Bhaichung Bhutia and Ronit Roy drawing applause from the audience.

If Zubair sprung his showstopping surprise with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan and Aayan, walking the ramp, Rocky S had Virender Sehwag to bowl the maidens over. Designer Tejas Gandhi, on his part, chose real people to walk the walk and that included Indian women’s cricket cap
tain Jhulan Goswami. Kolkata-based designers Monapali, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Abhishek Dutta, Soumitra Mondal, Dev r Nil too drew loud rounds of applause.

According to a senior official of Mindscapes Maestros Events & Sports Management Limited, the buyer’s section turned out to be a successful platform for all emerging designers this year. “There have been bulk orders and most buyers have shown a keen interest in the lines of Kolkata designers. In future, we hope to organise the event in a much bigger manner,” said the official.

I’M NOT SUPERMAN: Akshay Kumar, host of Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi, 9 pm on Colors, Monday to Thursday
Akshay Kumar teaches 13 gorgeous women to live life by facing their fears on the second season of his dangerous reality show

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 7, 2009)

Fasten your seat belts tonight when you switch on Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi on Colors at 9 pm. If anything, Bollywood Khiladi Akshay Kumar is reckoned to be in a newer, stricter and meaner avatar this second season of the dangerous reality show. And, if you think he’s putting on an act for the benefit of the 13 gorgeous women who are ready to do-or-die for him, the sometimes provoking, often inspiring host says, “No, no, no… there is one thing I absolutely adore about this show, and that is there is no acting. This is as free and as untamed as I can get in front of camera. When I am enthusiastic — I mean it; when I get angry that I don’t think they are trying hard enough for me, or their prestige — I damn well mean it. These ladies are fighting to survive. If they get lazy, they’ll get hurt. This is real, and if they needed that extra kick up the whistle… I gave it to them.”

Before putting his contestants through hell, Akshay attempted every stunt himself, and once convinced that they were all achievable… and by women, he invited the contestants to give it their best shot. But, after wrestling crocodiles, jumping from one plane to another and eating snakes… did he think they would stop screaming at a cockroach, lizard or rat? “These women have learned there’s nothing they can’t handle anymore. Men aren’t such a necessity, I’m afraid, us guys are going have to work a lot harder to impress our women now for sure. When all those housewives see these young pretty models dipping there heads into a box of screaming cockroaches and swimming with crocodiles, and coming out alive and feeling proud and amazed at their bravery, I know it will make them think twice before they scream for their husbands. It’s all about spreading the awareness that even if it scares you… try and conquer one thing a day that frightens you.”

And he is right, contestants of the first sea
son have told Akshay that, yes, by appearing on Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi last year and facing their fears… they are now better women. “Once you’ve been on the show, there’s no going back into your shells. I’ve met many of my last year’s contestants at functions, on aeroplanes, in films. Their lives are hectic, but they’ll never forget how hard and how cold and how life-changing their experience was with me. It’s something you’ll never loose… The rest of their lives is going to be easy compared to what they endured on last year’s show.” But in his book, action is not all about conquering fears. “Some people love it, they live off danger, fear is like food for some of them. For me there are some stunts I’d love to do everyday, but there are some I would never wish to do again no matter how much you wanted to pay me. Action is an ‘art’ it’s not a fear. If we were all taught to jump out of planes as children, we wouldn’t be scared to do it now, would we? But like this show proves, there is nothing to fear in life apart from fear itself…” And, there’s one little secret of Akshay’s that Bruna Abdullah, Sushma Reddy, Carol Gracias, Jesse Randhawa, Mandira Bedi, Nauheed Cyrusi, Rosa Catalano, Rupali Ganguly, Sonika Kaliraman, Shonali Nagrani, Pia Trivedi, Shveta Salve and Anoushka Manchanda — his 13 lovely women on the show, ought to know. The fear that the Action King of Bollywood has not been able to overcome. “I can’t stand the Merry-Go-Round or the Spinning Tea Cups at a fun fair,” revealed Akshay. “I know it sounds lame, but hey, I never said I was ‘SuperMan’. My whole life I’ve made sure I’m the one standing with the bags so everyone else in my family can go on that ride (even my son doesn’t know this about me yet). But I just can’t stand spinning round and round and round, I don’t understand the excitement of that ride, it makes me cringe!” Well, there you are…