None of My Business

None of My Business

Gimme $2, become stylish

Victoria Beckham had volunteered to offer fashion advice to people strolling in the Central Park for two dollars. As a guest on Vanity Fair’s show Derek Does Stuff With a Friend, the former Spice Girl conversed with passerbys through an iPad video conference at a stand in the famous area, giving style tips to them.

Too much bakwaas in Bollywood

Rohit Shetty’s record inBollywood was impeccable — he made mass entertainers and was good at them. Whether it was an action film like Singham or the Golmaal comedy franchise, Shetty’s films routinely exasperated critics and delighted audiences. But with 2015’s Dilwale, a multi-starrer with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, Shetty faced his first big failure. The film didn’t do well at the box office and faced protests over Khan’s comments on intolerance in India. Almost two years later, Shetty says he has moved on.

The one Take actor

With every film and character that she plays on-screen, it’s her obsession to get it perfect at a go and that makes Sridevi believe that she is a one-take actor. “I don’t remember doing more than one take for a film. I think the first take is best as you are spontaneous and after that it becomes a mechanical thing. I don’t believe in second take at all,” Sridevi says in an interview with PTI. For the Chaalbaaz actor it is the quality of a role that is of utmost importance to her.

Wah, Wonder Woman indeed

Gal Gadot has reportedly refused to sign the much-awaited sequel of Wonder Woman if Hollywood producer Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexual harassment and homophobia, remains attached with the movie. An insider told Page Six that the 32-year-old star, who plays the title role in the Patty Jenkins-directed film, does not want the successful franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct.

Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment backed Wonder Woman as a part of its co-financing deal with Warner Bros studios.

Wake up, Bollywood

When Indian actress Divya Unny flew into Kerala in 2015, she thought it was for a business meeting with an award-winning director about a role in his upcoming film.

Instead, she was called to the director’s hotel room at 9 pm, where the man propositioned her for sex and told her she would have to make compromises if she wanted to succeed in the film industry.

Would love to play Sahir Ludhianvi

Irrfan Khan’s name has often cropped up to play eminent poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi in a biopic. The actor says he wants to essay the role but the film keeps slipping away from him. While Khan was first rumoured to play the role in a film backed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, reports say Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan have also been approached for the same project.

Every one of my medals is a story of struggle

Every medal is a story of struggle, says the indomitable MC Mary Kom, who considers her fifth Asian Championship gold medal special as it came despite the many roles she has had to play outside the ring in the past one year. Kom, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze- medallist, scripted history today by becoming the first boxer to claim five gold medals at the continental meet in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.

Padhega India, toh badhega India

When Geeta was born in a farmer’s house in Bhilwara in Rajasthan, unlike many of the rural families, the parents decided to provide her best of education. Geeta also had an elder brother, Dheeraj, who was studying in nearby government school in 2nd standard. As the children were growing, the small girl also started showing interest in education. She would keep playing with his brother’s books and admire the pictures. When she became eligible for the pre-school, she started going to nearby Anganwadi centre.

I seek peace and freedom from prominence

Amitabh Bachchan has spoken at length about his name featuring in the Panama papers and Bofors scandal, explaining that he has always cooperated with the “system” but wishes to be left alone at this stage of his life. Bachchan wrote his anguished post on his blog on Sunday and said, “Tomorrow there could be more and the process of cooperation shall continue...”

‘I faced it all and I stood tall'

I did not want to do things the way they are usually done in Hindi cinema,” that is the mantra Tabu says she has followed all throughout her career. While ’80s and ’90s era of Bollywood was dominated by action and romantic-comedy films, the 2000s saw a mix of everything from off-beat cinema to commercial masala entertainers, but Tabu says she never followed the rule book. In the ’90s she was seen playing a Punjabi woman caught in the rise of Sikh insurgency in Maachis, a prostitute in Jeet, a family-oriented woman in Hum Saath Saath Hai and a suicide bomber in Hu Tu Tu.

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