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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.”

BIRTHDAY BOY: BT caught Dharmendra in a relaxed mood at home
Dharmendra on his 75th birthday and start of a new innings in Bollywood

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2009)

Yoga, 30 minutes of cycling, and some free form exercises… that’s how Bollywood’s original he-man and endearing actor Dharmendra will start his day today. It’s not just another day. It’s Garam Dharam’s 75th birthday, and while his family and well-wishers are excited, for the man himself it’s only another “beautiful day” that he might spend at his farmhouse in Lonavala.

Life, as a whole, is a celebration for Dharmendra. ‘Be happy and spread cheer all around you’ has always been his mantra. “I am a very emotional person. I love people. I want to see genuine warmth in human beings where there is no artificiality, only true care and concern. There should be harmony all around,” is his birthday wish.

Talking about celebrations, he says it’s a personal choice not to celebrate his birthday. “I stopped doing so after my mother passed away in 1985. She used to be very excited about my birthday… bahut chahel pahel machati thi,” he fondly recounts. But, wishes from across the globe are going to pour in today, as they have over the years. He’s just received a beautiful t-shirt from a girl in New Zealand and a call from a group of 80 boys from Gwalior, who will be donating blood in his name today. Overwhelmed by the affection, Dharmendra says, “It’s this love from my well-wishers that keeps me going. In fact, recently after I appeared on Dus Ka Dum, I received so many letters from people asking me to do more films and make more appearances on TV.” Audiences’ response to Apne, Johnny Gaddar and Life in a Metro has given him tremendous motivation and he’s all set, looking forward to his next innings. “I want to do more films and do good films. I like to see myself on posters. Who doesn’t?” he smiles. A career spanning 50 years in Bollywood (this is his 50th year) and with a number of hit films to his credit, Dharmendra’s seen it all. He’s played the diehard romantic, action hero, and also done comedy. But ask him about his favourite genre and he says he loves every form of acting. He was born to be an actor and will continue to pursue his passion with as much gusto.

On his birthday, as he goes into flashback mode, when he first came to this city of dreams, when he signed his first film and faced the camera for the first time, one can see the same excitement and charm that he may have exuded then. Nothing’s changed… he’s as fit and handsome, his face radiating the same exhilaration even today when it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ time.
Sohail Khan took off his T-shirt and wore a waiter’s shirt at a recent party. No, it wasn’t a fashion statement

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 07, 2009)

The Khan brothers have a penchant for roaming around bare-chested. After his bhaijaan Salman Khan’s love for removing his shirts publicly, it’s now Sohail Khan who is taking the legacy forward. Recently, during Ajay Devgan and Kajol’s party for All the Best, Sohail took off his T-shirt and handed it over to directors Abbas Mustan, much to their surprise.


Mustan at the party with Sohail’s T-Shirt

A witness from the party said, “For the party, Sohail was sporting a blue T-shirt that read ‘Player’. When Abbas Mustan saw him, they casually told him that they have recently registered the title Player under their banner and will soon make a film by the same name.

They joked that with Sohail wearing the T-shirt, someone might get inspired and steal their title. Suddenly, Sohail removed his T-shirt and gave it to them. Then, the bare-chested Sohail summoned a waiter passing by and asked him to remove his shirt.

Sohail Khan

The flummoxed waiter did as he was told and Sohail was seen wearing the waiter’s shirt till the party ended.”

Mustan confirmed the incident and said, “You know, it was really surprising. We casually mentioned that we intend to make a film titled ‘Player’. Sohail instantly removed his shirt, gave it to us, and wore a waiter’s shirt.”


Riteish Deshmukh is excited about his magical caper releasing today


MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 30, 2009)



The first thing you notice about Riteish Deshmukh is that he is wearing a t-shirt with a prominent ‘a’ on it. Clearly the actor is going out of his way to endorse his release today — Aladin directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Making no bones about the fact that he is thrilled to bits about this magic caper which is all heart, the leading man of the film, says, “Sujoy has clearly surpassed my expectations. All of us knew from the start that Aladin would have a magical quality. But, I can tell you that the film may be a fantasy… yet it is truly believable. The SFX are the best ever on Indian screen so far.”
This is the first time he has come out and spoken about a film before the reviews have appeared. The actor believes that it is not only children who will love this part fantasy-part fiction film, it should also appeal to the child in everyone of us. “It has the spirit of a Mr India and it transports you into another world on screen,’’ says Riteish.
Describing Amitabh Bachchan as his most versatile co-star, Riteish says, “When I did Darna Zaroori Hai with him, I told myself, ‘Today I have arrived. I have worked with Indian cinema’s biggest legend.’ Then I got greedy — and as luck would have it, I got the chance to work with Amitji in Aladin. And, if that wasn’t enough, Ram Gopal Varma also gave me the opportunity to work with him in Rann. Just sharing screen space with a man of Amitji’s stature is an indescribable feeling.’’
About his other coactor, the lovely Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez, the actor says, “Jackie is a freshfaced, talented girl who will go places in Bollywood. The two of us have already worked on another mystical romance called Jane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai that is slated for release in 2010. I will be returning back to romantic films with this one.’’
And while he may shed some light on his screen romance, he refuses to lift the veil of mystery surrounding his relationship with actress Genelia. When told that the gossip mills are constantly buzzing about them, he diplomatically replies, “There is so much said about it. The questions haven’t changed nor have my answers. There is nothing to my relationship with Genelia.’’
Borivli resident, 24-year old Trupti Shukla, who went for an audition to Balaji, recounts the gruelling discomfort she experienced when asked to lock lips with a stranger and don a swimsuit…
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 10, 2009)

Trupti Shukla

On September 8, Mumbai Mirror broke the story of how boys and girls were asked to smooch each other at the Balaji office, if they were interested in being cast for a forthcoming show. A distraught Trupti Shukla, who auditioned at the Balaji office last month for the same project, is rather shaken up. “I need to tell you what transpired when I went there,” she told Mumbai Mirror yesterday.

Trupti says she auditioned at Sankraman (Goregaon) a couple of months ago for a show based on the fashion industry for Balaji. “After a few days, I got a call from a girl informing me that I had been shortlisted and that I should come to the Balaji office at Andheri. The show was meant to be something on the lines of an MTV Roadies or Splitsvilla. However, I was shocked when she told me that I was supposed to come in ‘minimal clothing’. My mother was flabbergasted but I still went. I did not adhere to the instructions.”

Describing what she witnessed, Trupti says, “Many girls hadn’t come in skimpy clothes but they had got some extra outfits that they were changing into. They soon changed into some rather revealing outfits. I, for my part, had worn jeans and a full-sleeved shirt; I hadn’t taken a change of clothing. Thus, I waited my turn in the very outfit that I had worn.”

Things got nasty soon enough. Trupti claims, “We were told that we had to meet Vikas Gupta (project head) ‘one-on-one’. He was wearing a T-shirt and bermudas.  The first question he asked me was how good I would be at smooching someone. I fumbled. The second question was equally revolting. He asked me how good I would be at carrying off a swimsuit. I told him that I had come there to do some performance-oriented role and this was not something that fit the bill. Vikas then replied that there was a lot of performance-oriented stuff that I will be doing in the show, but smooching and donning a swimsuit would be one of the requirements. I was also asked what my take was on a 25-year-old girl making love to a 17-year-old boy. I failed to fathom the logic. After such questions, I told Vikas that I was leaving and walked out. Many girls left like I did too, but many also did the kissing shots in the next room.”

Ekta Kapoor

A couple at the audition

“I am extremely shocked. More than shocked, I am disappointed. Where has the creativity gone? Are actors and actresses going to be judged by how well they smooch and how well they can carry off a swimsuit?” Trupti exclaimed, her anger rising, “Why were we not briefed that we would be asked such embarrassing questions? I had asked them for a brief prior to the audition but the girl on the line merely said that she knew nothing about the role.”

Well Trupti, those are some murky waters you claim to have paddled through. Whoever said tinsel town was a cakewalk? But make sure you never kiss and tell. That’s the golden rule.

Project head, Vikas Gupta clarifies

Q.What is the show about, for which aspirants who auditioned were asked to kiss strangers?

A. We can’t say anything yet.

Q.Have you received any backlash from the contestants or their parents?

A. No. Everyone was in the loop.

Q. Apart from smooching, why were the girls asked if they would be comfortable wearing a swimsuit?

A. I didn’t ask them anything about a swimsuit. They were asked only about the kiss. Smooch nahin kaha, kiss kaha tha.

Q. Did you meet the contestants on a one-on-one basis?

A. Yes. But not everybody. Only those who were shortlisted.