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‘I could have been a footballer’Rocking : Ranbir Kapoor

He won over both the masses and critics with his good looks and acting talent but while growing up, Bollywood heart-throb Ranbir Kapoor had his heart set on being a football player. He let that dream go long ago but the 28-year-old actor is now campaigning to make sports a part of school curriculum across the country with Fit India Movement, a campaign launched by NDTV in collaboration with Nirmal Lifestyle.

“I loved football but did not have anybody to guide me on how to make a career of it. If Indian children have the coaches and facilities that are available abroad, we will be world champions,” said Ranbir, who is the brand ambassador of the campaign.

The actor was in Delhi to launch the first phase of the campaign called Marks For Sports and shared the stage with ace shooter Gagan Narang, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, boxing champion Vijender Singh and former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

“It all begins on the school level and Marks For Sports is a campaign that will help you discover the talent your children have and the fact that sports can teach you so much. Other than making you fit, sports teach you discipline, motivation and team spirit,” said the actor who entered the venue on a bicycle.

Celebrating the festival of colours

The damsel celebrated Holi this year after two long years, with friends and family, at a special Holi bash in Mumbai. Manjari was heavily tied up with work in Bollywood and films down South so this year, she specially took some time out to celebrate the festival of colours. “It was so exciting to play Holi. I basically covered up two years of not being around,” she said.

The actress plays a painter in Disney’s Zokkomon, which stars Darsheel Safary in the lead. Looks like Manjari’s life is definitely full of colour and brightness at the moment. Watch out for her as she scorches the screens with Zokkomon releasing on April 22.

In a new avatar

After playing a local don (Slumdog Millionaire), a corrupt cop (Wanted) and an alcoholic (Dabangg), Mahesh Manjrekar will next be seen as a sophisticated businessman in Anees Bazmee’s forthcoming film Ready, produced by Bhushan Kumar and Rajat Rawail.

Manjrekar will be sporting chic three-piece suits, vibrant ties and stylish glasses for his character. The actor has always been experimental with his looks and style right from the days of Kaante and the audience is looking forward to seeing him in this dandy appearance.

Ready stars Salman Khan and Asin along with Paresh Rawal and Arya Babbar and is slated for release on June 3.


Dancing to racy beats

Sheila and Munni are passé now. Make way for the super sizzling and racy dance number Shake It Saiyaan from Rupali Aum Entertainment and Sanjay Dutt Prduction’s Rascals, Sizzling : A scene from Rascals. directed by David Dhawan. The song stars the smoking hot Lisa Haydon showcasing some alluring moves using accessories like leather chains and whips to get things cracking. Sanjay Dutt, who will be shaking a leg with the sexy siren, will be seen in a stylish and classy avatar.

Choreographer Bosco feels, “Right from the 50s when Helen and Cuckoo danced until now, item songs get the audiences’ pulses racing.” The song is being shot extravagantly on a huge set with six different areas, each portraying a different look and complete with foreign dancers and different costumes, designed by Aki Narula.The song has been composed by the talented duo Vishal-Shekhar and promises to top the music charts.

Guess everyone should put on their dancing shoes and get ready to shake their booties to this hip and happening number. Rascals is slated for release in mid 2011.

Transforming : Mrinalini SharmaReady for a  varied look

Mrinalini Sharma has been seen in a simple look in films like Apharan, Awarapan and Hide & Seek. However, the actress is not happy with her girl-next-door image and is working on a new hot and sexy look for her upcoming film Soundtrack.

She plays Rajeev Khandelwal’s girlfriend in Soundtrack. Her role is that of a parallel lead and is very different from the ones she has played earlier. She is working on her body and is loving every minute of her work out sessions.  She has also streaked her hair blue for the film. 

Soundtrack is produced by Sa Re Ga Ma and directed by Neerav Ghosh.

Alternate career in the making

With an array of hits to her credit, music diva Sunidhi Chauhan has her plate full this year with recordings and concerts. But what is also taking a lot of her time is her other passion in life — photography.

Apparently, the Sheila Ki Jawani singer is absolutely crazy about taking pictures wherever she goes. Be it Agra, Delhi, Jaipur or her trips abroad, Sunidhi ensures that she captures every moment possible. She is so dedicated and serious about photography that on a recent trip to Dubai for a concert, she spent around two lakh on a high-end SLR camera.

The crooner has such a flair for taking unique pictures that her friends and family constantly request her to be the official photographer at all family functions, events and gatherings.

Sources also tell us that Sunidhi might soon bring out a book of her photographs. Watch this space for more.


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