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All praises: Aishwarya  Rai BachchanCharming the crowd of Chantilly

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the centre of attention at the 162nd edition of the Prix De Diane in Chantilly recently.

Her peach embellished dress from the Elie Saab Spring 2011 collection matched her sophisticated hat and her entry matched her regal outfit as she was brought on to the race course in a carriage just like the Queen of England had marked her arrival 35 years ago in 1976.

Her style statement created quite a stir amongst the national and international fashion world.

From applauding her choice of colour to complimenting the grace with which she carried off her hat, Aishwarya has charmed her fans the world over once again.

Speaking about Aishwarya’s choice of outfit, Priya Tanna, editor of a popular fashion magazine said, “Aishwarya has a classic, elegant style that never overwhelms her personality. She wears clothes, not the other way around. Her sartorial choices are rarely off the mark. Her Elie Saab dress at the Prix De Diane perfectly complimented that famed porcelain skin and exemplified her feminine aesthetic.”

Another popular fashion site wrote, “The actress, who is always the picture of high glamour, turned many heads this time too with her unique fashion sense at the event.
The star was looking breath-taking and highly sophisticated.”

Last year, Aishwarya was spotted in a completely different look at the Ascots in England. Her dress suit had created as much a stir then as her summery look has this year. 

Geared up to entertain 

Dancer-actor-comedian Jaaved Jaafrey, who is playing a funny, simple guy in the upcoming film Double Dhamaal, says that he modelled his character on the classic comic character Laurel from ‘Laurel and Hardy’. “I brought whatever I could to the table for my character. I took a little reference from Laurel. I mixed all that and made this character,” said Jaaved.

Double Dhamaal is a sequel to 2007 hit film Dhamaal. It has been directed by Indra Kumar and retains the original cast including Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aashish Chaudhary. Mallika Sherawat and Kangna Ranaut have joined them in the film, which is set for a June 24 release. 

Fun-loving: Ajay Devgan and Kajal. A naughty streak

Ajay Devgan is famous in B-town for the innumerable pranks he plays on his co-stars, directors and other crew members. This time around, his target was his pretty co-star Kajal Aggarwal from Singham.

News is that on one of the days of the movie’s schedule in Goa, the actor told Kajal to thrash goons for a particular scene. He made her believe that she was a modern day heroine and handed over a belt to lash out at the goons.

Unaware of the actor’s antics, the Southern beauty innocently went ahead and gave the shot, with Ajay shouting, “Maro Maro”, in the background to encourage her. It was only later when the entire unit started laughing that the petite actress realised what she had fallen prey to and how the camera wasn’t actually rolling.

The embarrassed actress then went around apologising to all the people she had beaten up.

Despite all the pranks, Kajal swears that she couldn’t have got a better co-star for her debut movie and admires Ajay for his work and professionalism. Singham hits theatres on July 22.

Unusual demands

While we have heard of random demands of heroines and their mothers, here is a rather quirky one from Chunky Pandey. On the sets of his untitled film, starring Adah Sharma and debutant Dev, Chunky was seen eating some rather unusual lunches.

It so happens that Chunky essays four different characters in this film — that of a Sardar, a Nepali, a Parsi and an Italian. Chunky believes that given his method acting, it’s only fair that he get to eat the food that his character is supposed to eat.

“I think as a serious method actor, I should eat too while in character. Hence, I’ve eaten dhan sak while playing a Parsi, momos as a Nepali, sarson ka saag as a Sardar and pasta as an Italian — I wish I was playing a playboy and Casa­nova as well,” jokes Chunky.

Commendable effort

Ranbir Kapoor drew a self portrait recently on a talk show, which will be auctioned.
The proceeds from this will go towards the Mijwan Welfare Society, a brainchild actress Shabana Azmi and her goddaughter Namrata Goyal.

The NGO supports the rights of a girl child. Ranbir has come on board of the Mijwan Welfare Society as the Youth Icon.

“By associating myself with Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO founded by the extraordinary poet lyricist Kaifi Azmi, I am paying a tribute to a rare poet who practised what he preached,” said Ranbir.

“I am happy to join hands with MWS, which is working to provide an equal opportunity to the girl child through education and employment generation. It is heartening to see
Shabana Azmi and her godchild Namrata Goyal taking Kaifi saheb’s dream forward.”

‘I am so lucky’

Southern beauty Asin Thottumkal, who stepped into Bollywood three years back and has already worked with bigwigs like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, says that she considers herself lucky to have got such opportunities.

“I do find myself lucky because in the film industry there are a lot of factors that probably result in success. You need talent and discipline but somewhere you need to have that X factor also. What that X factor is, whether that’s luck, or god’s grace or the wishes of all the people around you, that is open to interpretation. But I think that one of these factors is definitely with me. Otherwise I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to work with these bigwigs of the industry,” said Asin.

The 25-year-old has worked with Aamir in ‘Ghajini’ and with Salman in two films — ‘London Dreams’ and ‘Ready’. She is now gea­red up to work opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Housefull 2’. 

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