FILM REVIEW – SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER OVERALL RATING – 2/5

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

 

This is definitely not Tishu’s (director Tigmanshu Dhulia) best film. We have seen better work from him before. In fact, his previous release Shaghird was more crispy and had better twists and turns. The film partakes the same old story-line of an infidel husband, a neurotic wife who has flings and the typical James Hardley Chase playboy who falls into the trap of the wife.

Although the punch lines and dialogues in the film get a smile on your face, they lack the appeal of the masses. Everything seems to be underplayed with no heights of tension being created. The scenes have the same flavour except for the rustic, virgin outdoors which have been captured beautifully.

One more film which had some brilliant promos and teasers and the zing missing in the final product. Not gripping enough to make a noise about.

 

PERFORMANCE METER

Jimmy Shergil – restrained, composed and intense in just the right doses.

Rating – 3/5

Randeep Hooda – a tailor-made role which just required him to be himself. His raw sexual quotient of being someone who knows the effect he has on women is flawless and truly evident. Despite his styling, he manages to excel.

Rating – 4/5

Mahi Gill – Looks beautiful in bits. However she could have taken her Meena Kumari kinda character to higher levels. Even in moments where she has to go nutty, she failed to impress. The maturity on her face shows.

Rating – 2.5/5

Vipin Sharma – quite a stealing performace in his unusual avatar. One would haven’t expected Vipin to do justice to this role knowing his previous films. He has cleverly manipulated not over-playing the character and yet standing out with his subtle nuances and vague get-up. An actor to watch out for.

Rating – 4/5

Deepal Shaw – stands out in her dehati look and has some great punch lines. Finally she has proved that an item girl can definitely act and stand out from established actors no matter what the length of your role is.

MUSIC METER

Some hummable numbers which could have caught on the audiences fancy if enough money was plugged on promoting it. Song picturisations have been average since the production budget was limited.

Bigg Boss ‘double Vaat’ thadkaa launch

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

At the launch of Bigg Boss yesterday at Mehboob Studio, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt were in their true elements. Although Salman was extempore in hosting the event, one found Sanju baba lost at times with his lines. Both the stars surely knew how to pull Colors and Bigg Boss staff Ashwini’s leg on stage.

The event gave an insight into Bigg Boss’s new theme titled Double Vaat, primarily hinting at the 2 stars who will be hosting the show. Obviously the hidden agenda being that one expects more dhamaal this time to upsurge the TRPs from their earlier seasons. Sallu and Sanju did re-iterate that all the news about their so-called fight was media driven. They also poked fun at film director David Dhawan whom they would like to be in the Bigg Boss house in the last few weeks. Primarily coz they want him to lose some weight and the Bigg Boss contestant are low on their food allowance in the last stages of the show.

No info on the contestants was divulged but yes they did confess that there are bigger names involved this time. Salman will definitely rock the show since he is a true performer. However looking at Sanju’s poor performance, it is doubtful if he can garner more moolah with other shows after this.

Looking forward to the new season of Bigg Boss. Spice sells for sure and this show has made overnight stars of all the previous contestants in the earlier seasons.

Party Pics of Dev Anand’s film CHARGESHEET

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Dev Anand hosted the premiere of his latest film Chargesheet. people who attented were Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Yashpal Sharma, Nilima Azim, Divya Dutta, Ramesh Sippy and Kiran Juneja, Devshri Khanduri and Anish Vikramaditya. All the actors were very happy to see the legend and wished him good luck for the film.

It’s commendable that even today Dev Saab has a great fan following. Wishing him all the luck and hope he can work out the earlier magic he had in his films. Waiting for some of his heroines to make history like Zeenat Aman and Tina Munim.

Chiraj Paswan’s Big Day.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Miley Na Miley Hum had a spectacular music launch at a subarban hotel last evening. Mr Ram Vilas Paswan was guest of honours, and unveiled the music album along with ace Director Mahesh Bhatt. Chirag Paswan was in an upbeat mood, while leading actress Kangna Ranaut sizzled in a Black Cavalli outfit. Anuj Saxena from Maverick was seen MCing the event!
Shweta Tiwari’s performance of hot item number Katto Gilahari had the crowd whistling and cheering as did Sajid Wajid’s performance. Ekta Kapoor and Bhushan Kumar dropped by to wish the cast.

 

SRK makes a grand entry at Yogesh Lakhani’s Birthday bash. Hema, Shekhar Suman and other hot gals make it a grand event.

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The first look launch of Praveen kumar’s forthcoming film Jo Dooba So Paar – It’s Love In Bihar

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The first look launch of Praveen kumar’s forthcoming film Jo Dooba So Paar – It’s Love In Bihar starring Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Anand Tiwari, Sadia, Sita Spada and Pitobash.

Vinay Pathak was in jovial mood and kept everybody in splits the whole evening. He even posed in front of ladies wash room for the shutterbugs.

Salman Khan’s new Dhinka Chicka buddy.

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By Aryeman Raj

Salman Khan who is on a high after the success of his films has added Sumit Dutt to his bag of favorites, The Visual Maverick Sumit Dutt and Salman Khan’s bonding dates back when Sumit Dutt directed the title track of the movie “Hello”, and has directed Salman’s two more chartbusters in Ready. The song Dhinka Chicka and Character Dheela have been directed by Sumit whose direction was spot on and added to the success of the song. The duo have already created a blast with their new song “Desi Beats” from “Bodyguard”,Sumit Dutt has already become one of Salman’s favorite people to work with.

 

Sumit Dutt a New York Film School pass-out, he specializes in understanding the pulse of
the audience and the mindset of the people. A background in advertising, having
directed commercials for the biggies of the industry- Hindustan Levers, Godrej,
McDonalds and others He has now made a smooth transition into films with the
phenomenal success of Ready’s Dhinka Chinka and Character Dheela,

“Today, songs unveil the films and are no more just a relief provider in the story”
says Sumit. With digital media getting stronger each day, people want to see
songs which are visually rich, entertaining and most importantly, to which they
can connect. This is where Director Sumit Dutt comes in.

 

A source reveals that, “ Salman is found of Sumit and feels at ease working with him, he has full confidence in him and knows for sure the song is a hit.” Further the source reveals, “ Salman is making sure he directs all the songs  forhis movies, and is also getting movies for Sumit. Salman is also giving him a piece of advice as he takes him as a part of family.”

Ranbir Kapoor caught milking….

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by ARYEMAN RAJ

Trust actors to go to any lengths to get into their character. And Ranbir Kapoor is not one to be left behind!

The actor, who will soon be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ actually lived with a Jatt family to experience their lifestyle as part of his character study!

In the film, Ranbir plays ‘Janardan Jakhar’, the youngest son of a traditional Jatt family and therefore it was important for him to pick up their mannerisms to put up a convincing act.

Says a source from the unit, “Imtiaz and Ranbir spent an entire day with a Jatt family based in the outskirts of Delhi…they would hang around with the young boys of the family, sleep on the cots, eat out at the local dhabas and enjoy hookah in the evening”

In fact, Ranbir even assisted the men of the house in milking the cows!

The source continues, “Ranbir had the time of his life trying to milk the cows! It was such an amusing sight…everyone was in splits! But all in all, they learnt a lot about the lifestyle of a typical jatt family which was important for filming; and also ended up having a great time doing things that they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience.”

Now that’s called milking and mixing work with pleasure!

 

Salilm Merchnat charmed by Kshitij Tarey’s ‘Ae Dosheeza’

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Very rarely you meet a singer who dares to take challenges to experiment with his singing range. Quite rarer is the fact that someone who is an established music composer praises the singer to the skies. Kshitij is that rare diamond who will sparkle with his latest challenge.

Singer Kshitij Tarey‘s album “Ae Dosheeza” was launched by music director Salim Merchant and lyricist Sayeed Qadri at Mumbai’s Marimba Lounge. Released by Times Music, this album contains seven songs which are sung by the melodious Kshitij Taarey. The album is a blend of Rock, Ballad, Indian Classical Music and Club mix. The songs are written by lyricist Sayeed Qadri and the music is composed by Gaurav Dagaonkar.

On the occasion of the launch, many well-known artistes like Raghav Sachar, Shilpa Rao, Sachin Gupta, Aditi Singh Sharma, Sumedha from the music industry were present.  Kshitij’s guru Pandit Bhabdeep Jaipurwaley and Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma were also present at the launch.

Before the launch, on public demand, Kshitij sang the title track of “Ae Dosheeza” which made everyone present to move along.  Salim Merchant said, “Kshitij has a really good voice and as we all know, he has sung rock and pop in the album in a very delighted manner.”

Kshitij thanked Sayed Kadri and Salim Merchant saying, “Salim Sir and Sayeed Qadri have both honored this occasion with their presence. I am very happy today.”

 

ACCOLADES FOR ALI ZAFAR

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

The hugely successful Asian popstar and Bollywood’s recent find, Ali Zafar, on his first outing as an actor, blew critics away with his performance in the satirical comedy Tere Bin Laden. Reiterating the fact that he is here to stay ,Ali Zafar walked away with stellar reviews for his recent film Yash Raj’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan .

Holding his own and stealing the show with his outstanding comic timing ,Ali Zafar has wowed audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of the flamboyant and playful Luv.

Says acclaimed trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh “Ali Zafar’s impeccable comic timing keeps you glued to the screen.. Ali Zafar is a supremely talented actor and this film proves it yet again. As an actor he can give people a run for their money if given an opportunity.In Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ,Ali is like a surprise package and steals the show on screen..if he plays his cards well, he doesn’t have to look back”

“The party begins with the arrival of Ali Zafar who takes time to warm up to the proceedings, but once he does, there’s no holding him back. The actor had already displayed his flair for comedy in Tere Bin Laden. Once again, he showcases his spontaneity as the confused groom who suddenly realizes he is still in love with his ex.”adds Nikhat Kazmi.

Says trade expert Amul Mohan “Ali Zafar surely is the surprise package of the film. His comic timing is spot-on and is definitely a talent to watch out for in the future. I look forward to seeing him in many more movies”

DAVID DHAWAN’S MAGIC WITH ‘RASCALS’

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By ARYEMAN RAJ


This Dusshera get set for a mad laugh riot coming your way with Sanjay Dutt Productions and Rupali Aum Entertainment’s ‘Rascals’! The movie directed by king of comedy David Dhawan is about the joys of conning whereSanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn play two cool competing conmen trying to out-scheme each other in consistently amusing and surprising setups.

The competition reaches an all new level when both fall for the same girl, the pretty and petite Kangana Ranaut, and both men constantly attempt to outwit each other to win her.

The movie showcases the two superstars in a number of avatars in different conning situations. The movie also stars hunky actor Arjun Rampal along with the sultry Lisa Haydon and also Satish Kaushik and Chunkey Pandey.

Other credits of the film include producers Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Ahluwalia and Vinay Choksey and DOP Vikas Sivaraman. The music which is by talented musical duo Vishal-Shekhar is already creating waves with the title track and the peppy number ‘Tik-Tuk’. Also, the item number ‘Shake It Saiyaan’ with the two cool dudes Ajay and Sanjay who will be seen shaking a leg with the sultry Lisa Haydon is one of the most awaited songs of 2011 and has already garnered a lot of interest!

The choreography is by ace choreographer duo Bosco-Ceaser. The screenplay is by Yunus Sajawal and dialogues are penned by Sanjay Chhel.

The movie has been shot in Bangkok, Pattaya and Mumbai.

Since much of the comedy involves people taking advantage of one another, having everything put forward in such a hilarious manner that ‘Rascals’ becomes an enjoyable journey throughout with an interesting twist at the end.

The movie is being touted as a complete masala entertainer and a comedy extravaganza that’s sure to knock your socks off!

With such a huge star cast, a director like David Dhawan at the helm and a music album boasting of super hit tracks which are potential chart busters, catch this comic battle of wits releasing on 6th October.

CHIMERA FASHION SHOW – FASHION THAT’S WEARABLE AND DESIGNED VIBRANTLY

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

When you talk about fashion, say something good. Designers do work hard to put their best creative work forward. The young whiz kids from WLC Fashion School had some amazing creations that put them on par with our well established Bollywood fashion designers. One couldn’t help but notice a Manish Malhotra or a Vikram Phadnis raising eyebrows at some of the mind-boggling creations which were truly international. While most others would love to burst your pretty little microcosmic inward looking bubble and get nasty with some of the collections, I admit that most of the creations were wearable and trendy. The colour combinations were blended with their respective themes. Even the men’s wear collection was truly rustic and gave the collections an Adonis look. WLC sure has some amazing talent up their sleeve.

MUSIC LAUNCH OF the film, “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster”

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Aamir Khan known for his penchant for professionalism and punctuality broke his record by making an entry almost 2 hours late for the music release launch of the above mentioned film. However, once he was at the venue, the press and photographers were charmed with his dazzling smile and humble approach. Apparently, Aamir Khan took time from his busy schedule for his dear friend Sunil Bohra and came all the way to suburbs from Madh island. While director Tigmanshu Dhulia, actors Jimmy Shergil and Randeep Hooda were present, Mahi missed all the adulation since she was in in Delhi to host the National Award.

One must confess that Tigmanshu Dhulia who has made some beautiful films has a winner on hands. The theatrical promo is a must watch with some impressive visual loactions and some intense acting from the threesome actors – Jimmy, Randeep and Mahi. A sure shot winner at the box-office, Bohra Bros surely will pave the way to making good films in the near future.

Siddharth Kannan & Rashmi Virmani excel at CHIMERA FASHION SHOW.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

You have seen one of them, you have seen them all. That’s the usual flavor of being part of an audience at a fashion show. Somehow the CHIMERA FASHION SHOW was an unusual experience. Kudos to Siddharth Kannan who brilliantly did an effective voice over for the show. His baritone voice has already enthralled zillions of listeners on this radio show, his current Chat show for a TV channel is being talked about also – Sid did add enrich the entire experience at this event.

 

A must mention about Rashmi Virmani who brilliantly choreographed the show blending it with innovative concepts and mind-boggling, foot-stomping music that went with the varied themes of the collections being showcased by students of the fashion college. Frankly, the show wouldn’t have been a big hit had it not been for these two creative wizards.

CHIMERA FASHION SHOW – SHIMMERING LINE-UP OF FRESH TALENT.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

The Chimera 2011 Fashion Show is the 10th year of the show which is a display of the institution’s Graduate Day Collections. The Academic Council judging the show comprise of leading names in the fashion Industry like Nachiket Barve, Pradeep Hirani, Shaina NC, James Ferriera and Leena Tipnis.

The scintillating Show at The Grand Ballroom, The Leela, Mumbai was choreographed by Rashmi Virmani, with 15 designers presenting  their collection on the ramp. These collections are the painstakingly crafted outcome of the future designers of the fashion Kingdom, and are undoubtedly high quality couture.

Awards were announced in the categories of – Best Collection, Best Craftsmanship,Surface Ornamentation, and a first of its kind Online fashion competition.

The collection was brought to life on the ramp by stunning models like Nehtra Raghuraman,Shamita Singha, Sucheta, Dipti Gujral, Binal, and Kabir amongst others.

Gracing the event with their distinguished presence were  Chief guest Manish Malhotra, Zeenat Aman, Vikram Phadnis, Aditi and Arzoo Govitrikar, Pradeep Hirani, Lascelles Symmons, Tiwari, Viren Shah, Deepshikha, Shama Sikandar, and a galaxy of such luminaries.

Music Launch: Na Jaane Kabse By ARYEMAN RAJ September 7th, 2011: While her first film Mummy Punjabi is still playing in the theatres, Writer, Director & Producer Pammi Somal is now celebrating the music release of her forthcoming film Na Jaane Kabse. The magnitude of the evening was proved as the guests were welcomed with dhols and nagadas. Slated for release in a few weeks time, the music of the film was released by Mrs. Smita Thackeray at a suburban restaurant. Pammi said she wanted a woman of strength to release the music and she couldn’t think of anybody else but Smita Thackeray, who she really looks up to. Smita hugged Pammi and said, “I am here for Pammi, a very close friend, who I have known for so many years. She’s one woman who has crossed every obstacle and released her first film and now the second film is up for release. I am extremely happy for her.” Smita who is known for being elusive, spent a lot of time at the party, watched and praised the songs and musical duo Jatin – Sameer. One could see the warmth and genuine bond between her and Pammi. The party was attended by Pammi’s close friends and well wishers, including Kanwaljit Singh, Anuradha Patel, Mangal Dhillon, Harish Dayani of Moser-baer, Rohit Roy, Ravi Kissen, Aditya Panscholi and Shipping Magnate Capt. Anil Singh. It was also the hero Garry Gill’s birthday and the team celebrated the evening in style.

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Dr. Alka Nishar of Aza hosted an exclusive evening to unveil designer Rahul Mishra’s Exclusive Inaugural Couture Collection “Jaama”

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ANURAG KASHYAP ON HIS GURU RAM GOPAL VERMA

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

While Ram Gopal Verma seems to have lost track of the successful mantra for box-office success and has been churning films in a factory mode, Anurag Kashyap recollects the learnings from RGV and ensures he doesn’t take the wrong route. “One thing that I learnt from Ramu was that one shouldn’t take too many responsibilities onto oneself in a bid to be a perfectionist at all of them. That’s one of the reasons you would find my films listing out many co-producers who look after various aspects of the film. I would rather be associated with the creative aspects of the film and let my team handle the mechanics of the execution. RGV has been a great learning process in my career.”

ANURAG KASHYAP, “NASEER HAS SUPPORTED ME WHEN I COULDN’T AFFORD HIS PRICE”.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

He has an exotic passion for cinema, his films have been trend-setters of sorts, he deviates from successful formula mantras and has been an achiever on his own steam. Like it or lump it, you cannot afford to ignore this Maverick. ANURAG KASHYAP hasn’t just been a whiz at his craft but a revolutionary of exorcising main-stream cinema with an international silky feel to his story-telling.

When quizzed about his constant entanglement with the spice element in all his films which grabs the audience’s eyeballs and much more, Anurag in his true inimitable style discloses that his recent film venture MICHAEL has a different kind of spice unlike his previous films, “the spice in this Naseeruddin Shah starrer is that he is playing a video pirate. The emotions are strong; the subject hasn’t been tackled earlier. As for raising the bar of cinema and making it more meaningful it has been a rigorous endeavour to show something different. While most people ask me why my films are more focused on main-stream subjects, I counter question them if they ask the same thing to people who make only commercial films.”

Nasser and Anurag have always shared a great bonding with each other and Anurag subtly affirms that, “Nasser has always supported me in my films when I didn’t have the budget and now too when I can pay him his price”. When an intelligent, creative team gangs up together one can expect a volcanic appeal to an entire film project. The first look of the promo of the film MICHAEL is compelling, hard-hitting and some intense acting from Naseeruddin Shah and Mahi Gill. Director Ribhu Das Gupta’s visualisation of capturing some grungy crowd scenes in Kolkatta will be definitely a treat to watch. Knowing Anurag’s talent for spotting talent and unmasking some harsh realities of life onto celluloid, MICHAEL is one film to watch out for as elaborated by Vikram Malhotra (C00 Viacom 18 Motion Pictures).

 

Music launch of spiritual album “Deva o Deva”

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Shibani Kashyap,Teenu Arora(Music Direc)Dolly Siddhu,Vaishali,Prashant(Producer),Siddharth Khanna,Swaroop .Supriya,RamJi Gulati

By ARYEMAN RAJ

Launch of a music album sung by 19 singers including  Vaishali Samant, Shibani Kashyap, Sharib Shabri, Toshi Shabri,Tochi Raina, Swaroop Khan,Abhijeet Ghoshal,Siddharth Kannan, Swaroop Bhalwankar,Supriya Joshi, Dolly, Siddhu,Bhumi Trivedi, Taz(Stero Nation), Anirudh Bhola, Ramji Gulati. The music of the album is by Teenu Arora.

 

 

 

Shibani Kashyap, Teenu AroraTaz(Stero Nation)

DHARMENDRA ENDORSES “HEAT AND EAT’” GOURMET PRODUCT.

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Gurnaam Singh, Dharmendra, Dinesh Maheshweary

By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

One can’t help but talk about Garam Dharam’s charismatic appeal even today. Humility personified, Bollywood legend Dharamendra confessed that he has been whole-heartedly supported by the media in being the star that he is today. For someone who is known to be health conscious and an avid food lover, this Punjabi Jat was a treat at the launch of YUMMY CHEF the “heat and eat” gourmet line of Indian vegetarian products.

Dharam stressed the fact that he agreed to endorse this product only after he was convinced that the food which will be sold initially in the international market was a true treat for the health conscious client base. Although he categorically stated that, “I am relatively new to the endorsement bandwagon, I admit that the success of Yamla Pagla Deewana has opened up doors for me. What I liked about the food which I sampled was that the offerings are exotic unlike the competitors. I can vouch that whoever tries it will burp with happiness aur Dharam ko yaad rakenge.”

Surely will do remember Dharam like we have always appreciated his style of acting and choice of roles. He has been one actor who hasn’t fizzled out into oblivion and yet managed to comeback with a successful bang.

DHARAMENDRA’S CONFESSIONS ON BEING A FOODIE.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

If Salman Khan is a rage today for his toned physique, yesteryear actor Dharamendra has always lent an iconic symbol to the macho man of Bollywood cinema. At the launch of the YUMMY CHEF THE “heat and eat” gourmet line of Indian vegetarian products, one got candid with Dharam’s passion for food.

Here are some quotes from his side:

“I have always eaten food that wouldn’t spoil my health. Yes, there was a time when I used to drink a lot, I would have eaten anything. I could have been sipping tharra and having macchii with it. But now I am quite health conscious and ensure of having the right food”.

“Every man in this world will vouch for the fact that maa ke haath ka khaana is always the tastiest. Every husband will always find faults with his wife’s cooking over his mother’s flavoured food”.

“The best food I have had in a Bollywood celebrity’s house is at Dilip Kumar’s house. I have eaten some mouth-watering biryanis cooked by Saira ji and Dilip saab who has to abstain from eating certain foods has cheated on his strict diet with me while Saira hasn’t been around”.

“When people ask me the secret of my glowing skin even at this age, I would attribute it to some of my personal traits about living life. My maxim is ‘love humanity, give love and get it back. It all reflects back on your face’. That’s one of the reasons I am still the same person despite my share of success all these years”.

 

BOBBY DEOL’S MILKY TRIP.

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

Sunny and Bobby Deol have taken on their Dad Dharam’s legacy of being ardent fitness freaks. However when asked about their agenda for healthy living and eating, Dharam disclosed, “I cannot match my kids footsteps in their ideologies of fitness. Yes, they are more acute to healthy eating than me since they are more focussed on newer trends and fads. I remember catching Bobby cheekily throwing his glass of milk every morning out of the balcony as a kid. He abhorred milk and it was my neighbours who brought it to my notice that the building walls were milk stained and I realised who the culprit was.”

 

When quizzed about Dharam ji exercise regime, one is quite shocked that till date, he, “cycles 45 minutes in the morning, does half dips exercises and some routine ethnic vyaayam”. Kudos to a family who is geared for fitness.