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Kashmera Shah wants to go the Angelina Jolie way!

The latest to be hit by the calorie consciousness bug is Bollywood bombshell Kashmera Shah. Not to be left behind in the eating-right-routine, Kash has started living on fruits and salads.

Yes! You heard it right. “Mornings are for fruits and juices, afternoons for raw greens, and evenings are for”, what else, but “more raw greens,” she quips with a wink. Ooh la la!

 

 

If this goes on, we wonder what’ll happen to her famous curves! Kash seems to have that too, all sorted out! She gorges on brown bread and butter after the greens! Oh oh! Butter after greens? Then what’s the use of the entire strict regimen? “One needs some fats and carbohydrates too, to balance things out in the body, isn’t it,” she retorts. Ah, yes! We simply forgot.

“Even if I can match up to Angelina Jolie’s hot-bod, I’ll be happy,” says Kash. All this, while chewing up on lots of iceberg lettuce and baby spinach, with a few slices of tomato and cucumber thrown on top, with sprinkled Italian seasoning at her favourite snack-spot Indigo; the upmarket restaurant in Andheri, Mumbai.

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Evelyn Sharma gets a Vidya Balan connect with Euphoria!

Even before actress Vidya Balan made it big in Bollywood, she was a known face in the industry, thanks to her association with the band Euphoria. Now, newbie Evelyn Sharma is hoping, the same magic will rub on her as well.

 

The half-German-half-Indian international supermodel, who is working in a couple of Hindi flicks, including the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-starrer Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, says, “When I was approached to perform for a Euphoria video opposite Palash Sen, I was very excited.”

“They’ve introduced many popular actresses, including Vidya Balan and Neha Dhupia. Moreover, I’m a huge fan of rock music, so I was more than thrilled to do a slow rock song video with them,” she adds. Like most Euphoria numbers earlier, the recently released video is also getting rave reviews.

 

Meanwhile, apart from Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani under Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions, Evelyn’s is also gearing up for Manish Tiwary’s Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar and veteran filmmaker Pramod Chakravorty’s grandson Prateek Chakravorty’s debut film From Sydney With Love.

 

Kashmera Shah’s play goes the Hollywood way!

Many movies have shot two to three different endings and climax sequences and decided which one to add in their projects at the last minute.

It’s a common practice in Hollywood to shoot two movie endings, take the opinions of focus groups and a cross section of people and retain the one more accepted. Bollywood too has caught up with a similar trend off late.

But what surprises us now is that Kashmera Shah’s latest play Tere Ghar Ke Samne has adopted a similar practice, albeit with a difference.

Over a few summer Sundays spread across weeks, Kash’s play has been running to packed houses at various theatre outlets, while experimenting with not two, but three different endings. Almost every week, the viewers get to see a different climax to her play. Whoa!

What’s more! What started as a one-off experiment is now becoming the norm. “Earlier we thought we’d do this for a couple of weeks and then stick to the end the audiences find the best. But this experimenting process gets the actors and audiences alike so kicked, that we are continuing with it,” reveals Kash.

Thanks to this, a select percentage of audiences have even returned for an extra round of the play, just to see how it will end in their second outing. We are often amazed how you manage to begin such whacky trends Kash, but it’s cool as long as you continue to amuse and entertain. More power to you and your wackiness girl!

Nana Patekar’s loss is Prakash Raj’s gain!

There was a strong buzz that Nana Patekar was approached to play the main villain opposite Aazaan-fame star Sachiin Joshi for his forthcoming film Mumbai Mirror.

But inside sources reveal that Prakash Raj has been signed on for the pivotal role. The powerhouse performer, who happens to be the flavour of the year with Singham, is also very excited about his role in the film. And why not! After all the Jaykant Shikre of Singham will now get to play Shetty; the most dreaded character in Mumbai Mirror.

But instead of a righteous cop like Bajirao Singham, Shetty will clash with the raw energy of a quirky whimsical and corrupt cop played by Sachiin Joshi.

The realistic commercial potboiler mirrors the Mumbai underbelly and revolves around the nexus between powerful corrupt dance bar lords and the Mumbai Police. Directed by Ankush Bhatt, of Bhindi Bazaar Inc. fame, the movie has some scintillating music by Anand Raj Anand. It’s expected to release in September 2012.

Foreign collaborations add glory to Indian film industry!

While British sensation Katrina Kaif continues to rule Bollywood, it was just the other week that we heard of the half-German-half-Indian international supermodel Evelyn Sharma entering Bollywood with three films already under her belt.

 

Now the latest on foreign collaborations in the Indian film industry is that Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman has signed up to star in a movie produced and financed by Yash Raj Films Entertainment.

According to announcement made at the ongoing Film Festival at Cannes, Yash Raj has joined hands with French filmmaker Pierre-Ange Le Pogam to produce and finance Grace of Monaco, featuring Hollywood star Nicole Kidman.

Among other foreign girls who have joined hands with Indian film-making, are Arab Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah, Welsh model Lisa Lazarus, Swedish-Iranian model and dancer Maryam Zakaria, half-Sri Lankan half-Malaysian beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, half-Czech half-Pakistani American fashion model and actress Nargis Fakhri, South African Playboy model Candice Boucher, Uruguayan-Mexican actress and model Barbara Mori, Brazilian model Giselle Monteiro, Canadian model Mia Uyeda, British-born Amy Jackson, Russian model Era Tsariova, Indian Brazilian model Nathalia Kaur and Irish-born British granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, Kiera Chaplin.

Though some people debate that India has many more beautiful faces to choose from and that our filmmakers shouldn’t be bothered to scout for talent outside! But the fact remains that the audience isn’t complaining at all. Instead, they are lapping up every foreign girl who joins forces with our industry. It’s the survival of the fittest and Brand Katrina Kaif is the biggest example.

Bollywood newbie Evelyn Sharma the new face of Rocky S.

The stunningly beautiful half-German half-Indian international model Evelyn Sharma first became the cynosure of all eyes, when she accompanied her designer friend Rocky S to the Ritesh Deshmukh-Genelia Sangeet ceremony before their wedding.

A far contrast from everyone dressed in traditional Indian outfits, Evelyn walked in wearing bright red jeans! Normally, anyone who’d do that at a Sangeet would risk a lot of frowns. But Evelyn’s poise and charm seemed to have unarmed everyone.

Following praise, she turned showstopper for Rocky, setting the ramp on fire at the Lakme Fashion Week! Some time later, she caught glances from the likes of Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy, Madhur Bhandarkar and host Sohail Khan at the Provogue Royalty Fashion Nights launch.

And now, the latest is that Rocky S has signed the girl up as the face of his campaign Vilasa. Here, Evelyn sports a lot of Indian attires.

Though most foreigners are known to go wrong with ethnic outfits, surprisingly, the newbie is said to have taken to them, like fish to water! Ah, we can hardly wait to see this gal in her upcoming movies now!

Evelyn’s impressive Bollywood line-up includes Manish Tiwary’s Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar, veteran filmmaker Pramod Chakravorty’s grandson Prateek Chakravorty’s debut film From Sydney With Love, and a pivotal role in Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani; the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer under Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions.

Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Chaitanya Padukone dedicates honour to RD Burman

Ace film journalist Chaitanya Padukone who was felicitated with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award, along with legendary awardees like Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, has dedicated his award to music maestro RD Burman.

Prominent celeb guests at the event included Kajol, Raveena Tandon and Subhash Ghai. Filmmakers Ekta Kapoor and Rohit Shetty congratulated Chaitanya and agreed, he owed his honour to his ‘mentor-guru’ and music legend R.D. Burman, popularly known as Panchamda.

“Way back in mid-eighties, when my initial exclusive interviews with the reclusive RDB appeared in a leading city newspaper, Panchamda seemed impressed. On an impulse, he ‘blessed’ me, whilst predicting that someday in future I would achieve glory,” reminisces the journalist.

“Since I also had this passion for experimental rhythm, we shared a warm personal rapport.  Somewhere up there, I can visualize RDB reacting to my Phalke Award and humming one of his popular refrains ‘Yeh toh hona hi tha’,” smiles Chaitanya, who has been a prolific award-winner, also being listed in the Limca Book of National Records.

Earlier, the seasoned journalist who has a large number of  ‘breaking-news’ Bollywood stories to his credit, was honoured by superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who conferred on him the KA Abbas Memorial Award and Gold Medal.

Chaitanya’s other credits include carrying out first-exclusive interviews with actors like Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel, Chunky Panday, Sangeeta Bijlani, Ayesha Jhulka, Manoj Bajpai, Mahima Chaudhary, Riteish Deshmukh, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone, when they were absolute newcomers in the industry.

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