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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Edition 27: Lara Dutta as natural beauty, Australian actress in bollywood and Superior Women


I Found Women Superior : Anil


DIBYOJYOTI BAKSI/IANS

Actor-filmmaker Anil Kapoor is happy to see that women are finally getting their due in male-dominated Bollywood. And one girl in particular is making him proud - younger daughter Rhea who has just wrapped up her maiden production venture 'Aisha'. 'I have always believed in different qualities between men and women; I have always found women superior to men. I am not saying it for the sake of it. If you see, my children have grown up so well, that's because of their mother and ecause of me,' Anil, 49, told IANS in an interview.
Anil, who tied the knot in 1984, has two daughters Sonam and Rhea and also a son, Harsh. 'The way girls are coming up, taking charge, holding situations, calling the shots... just at the age of 23, Rhea made the whole film. I am very happy, not only for Sonam and Rhea, I feel happy for all girls,' he said.

His elder daughter Sonam decided to grace the silver screen and made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Saawariya' in 2007. After that she was seen in 'Delhi 6' and just released 'I Hate Luv Storys'. Rhea, who worked as an assistant on the movie 'Wake Up Sid', decided to remain behind the camera as a producer. Her 'Aisha' is based on the British novel 'Emma' by Jane Austen and stars Sonam and Abhay Deol in the lead roles.



Anil says: 'What I like the most is to see how times have changed. Years ago, in the film industry and show business, there used to be only men. I used to feel bad about why girls were not treated equally. Now things have changed all over the world, specially in India.' Anil rarely ventures into production because he is more passionate about acting. He is approaching 50, but the actor has managed to maintain his youthful looks and enthusisam since his first hit, 'Woh Saat Din'.



He went on to star in blockbusters like 'Tezaab' (1988), 'Ram Lakhan' (1989), 'Beta' (1992), '1942: A Love Story' (1993), 'Virasat' (1997), 'Nayak: The Real Hero' (2001) and even the Oscar winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' (2008). Asked about the secret behind his enduring youthfulness, he said: 'There are three four things. First, you should be mentally happy. When you have a good family, you are happy with them, you don't need to indulge in drinking and smoking.’



Love Bollywood More Than Hollywood

Bohni Bandyopadhyay/PTI

She packed her bags and left her home with a Bollywood dream in her eyes. Australian actress Emma Brown Garett, who made her acting debut with Bengali film ''Shukno Lanka'', is determined to stay here and make it big in the Indian film industry.

Brown is the latest addition to the list which includes ''Raajneeti'' actress Sarah Thompson, ''Kites'' star Barabara Mori and ''Rang De Basanti''s Alice Patten. But unlike her contemporaries, who disappear after one film, Brown shifted to Mumbai two-and-a-half years ago with her husband to act in Bollywood.

"There is a romantic element to coming and working in India. It is challenging as an actress.

Everybody asks me, ''Why dont you go to Hollywood?'' I say, ''Why not Bollywood?'' As an actress I always want to try something different. And the work is here.

So I am here to stay," Brown told PTI. Brown, who has trained at the Dramatic arts school in Australia, has made the maximum city her home and has no intention of going back anytime soon. The actress will be next seen in Rohan Sippy''s ''Dum Maro Dum'' with Abhiskek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu and Dharmendra-Sunny Deol starrer ''Yamla Pagla Deewana''.

Although she began her career with a Bengali film and then went onto work in Bollywood, Brown insists the transition has been an exciting challenge. "It is a big difference going from Tollywood to Bollywood.

You can''t judge one against the another but I have quite enjoyed the transition," said Brown, refusing to divulge further details about her roles in the two films. The actress feels that directors are making way for foreign characters in movies in order to give their films an international appeal.

"Bollywood scripts are changing. A lot of these actresses are playing wives and girlfriends.

Directors and writers are using these characters to have a greater appeal in the international film fests. It is an added way of getting noticed," said Brown.



LARA BECOMES NATURAL BEAUTY

Wearing a spectacular full-length gown made of lettuce leaves and other vegetables, Miss Universe 2000 and film star Lara Dutta looks delicious in new ads for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Gavin Miguel designed the dress, and ace fashion photographer Jatin Kampani shot the ads.



"Going vegetarian is one of the easiest ways to improve our health, help countless animals and protect the Earth,"says Dutta. Dutta recently appeared in the hit movie Housefull. Her debut film, Andaaz, was released in 2003 and earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Dutta joins a growing list of celebrities – including Shahid Kapoor, Pankaj Advani, Kareena Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhary, R Madhavan, Anil Kumble, Rajneesh Duggal, Aditi Govitrikar and Rahul Sharma – who are vegetarian.



Meanwhile, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi make a perfect couple in award ceremonies, but according to Mahesh’s ex wife Shvetha Jaishankar’s fresh allegations, her celeb husband’s liaison with Lara started even before their divorce. Lara-Mahesh set first appeared together at the Filmfare Awards earlier this year.Recently they were seen enjoying each other’s company at IIFA Awards, Colombo.

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