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Happy: Kareena Kapoor with her statue.Immortalised in wax

Kareena Kapoor was recently inducted in the world-famous wax museum Madame Tussauds. The figure, which was launched in the iconic seaside town of Blackpool, UK, is
part of a special travelling exhibit and will visit numerous Madame Tussauds
locations around the world.

The first ever IIFA Weekend and awards took place at the Millennium Dome in London and with this started a symbiotic relationship between the IIFA and Madame Tussauds.

The inaugural IIFA Weekend saw India’s quintessential silver screen sensation Amitabh Bachchan introduced into the attraction as the first ever Indian to be immortalised in wax followed by many others including Indian cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

In recent years, Madame Tussauds has crafted the wax figures of Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. “We, here, at Madame Tussauds are extremely proud to be working alongside IIFA on our global Bollywood launches.

Bollywood is a very exciting and important market for us with the demand for Bollywood
figures in our global attractions increasing year by year,” said Nicky Marsh, Marketing Director, Madame Tussauds.

“We are extremely honoured to be associated with Madame Tussauds and have them promote the Indian film industry on such a global scale. We are also very proud of the fact that Kareena Kapoor has now joined the esteemed wax legacy and look forward to continuing this strong relationship with Madame Tussauds in the future,” said Andre Timmins, Director, IIFA and Wizcraft International.

Beautiful: Amanda Seyfried ‘We are all obsessed with ageing’

Amanda Seyfried, who stars in action thriller ‘In Time’ alongside Justin Timberlake, recently talked about how its futuristic concept based around stopping ageing appeals to her.

Released in theatres across India, ‘In Time’ is set in a future where people stop ageing at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, affording the rich the opportunity of immortal youth.

Though she agreed it initially seems a strange concept, Amanda, who is 25 herself, says, “I believed it right away. I walked on set with Vincent Kartheiser (32-year-old star of ‘Mad Men’) as my father, and I just believed it. He had the energy, and the gait of an
older, distinguished gentleman. It’s really interesting, and I think that’s where the challenge was in terms of acting.”

So is there an optimum age that Amanda Seyfried would like to stop ageing at? Amanda said, “Sure. I’m going to get more and more preoccupied with ageing, because we all do. When you spend enough time around people with money, in Beverley Hills or Los Angeles or Hollywood, you see that these people can basically do anything and they will.”

On the fight against ageing that often results in plastic surgery, she continued, “I think it becomes a sickness for many people. But like other things, you become addicted.”

So why has it come about? Amanda answered, “We’re made to think that beauty lies in young tight skin, long eyelashes, big lips and nice breasts. That’s what is made to be beautiful for us even though it’s really not what it should be about. Girls, especially where I grew up, see magazines with these beautiful models on the cover, and so many terrible diseases come from that.”

“That’s why I think the concept is so interesting in this movie – because we really are obsessed with that. Andrew took the idea from the fact that at the age of 25, the frontal lobe stops developing in your brain, and that’s why he thought, ‘That’s when the ageing gene should be cut off. That’s the age people’s clocks should start’.”

Period role

It was reported that actor Simbu will play the lead role in director Simbudevan’s Maareesan. But the director denied it and now rumours are rife that Dhanush may be signed up for the period fantasy thriller. Dhanush is currently busy shooting for ‘3’ and Mayakkam Enna. Regarding roping Simbu, Simbudevan had rubbished it saying, “No, it’s nothing of the sort and I am busy with the pre-production work of Maareesan. We’ll start shooting only after we make an official announcement about the film to the press.”

Delightful opportunity

Madhuri Dixit visited director Subhash Ghai at his plush film school, Whistling Woods
International, and got a chance to spend some quality time with her mentor.

Madhuri, who was shooting for an ad, was also delighted at the opportunity to meet Rob Reece, one of the renowned acting gurus from Actor's Studio in Hollywood. Rob has been the Head of the Actor’s Studio at Whistling Woods International for the last two years.

In the 1980s and 1990s, it was Subhash Ghai who helped Madhuri enhance her acting skills. The director has groomed many stars till date. Some of her prominent films with Ghai are Ram Lakhan and Khalnayak. 

Barber’s cut! 

We all know what length an actor can go to, to get the perfect look for his role. And Arjan Bajwa is no different. Recently, Maqbool Khan, director of the forthcoming ASA
Production release ‘Lanka’, wanted the actor’s look perfected to the tee.

So while the cast of the film was shooting in Bijnor, the director went to the local barber and let him snip a few inches off his hair before Arjan got his mane chopped. “I wanted the perfect look for his character and when we were starting to shoot, I still wanted a little change in Arjan’s style. So I looked for a local barber and tried him out. And I have to say he was good. So I convinced Arjan to go to him too,” says the director.

Says Arjan, “It’s true that my look in the film is not styled by some renowned hairstylist as happens in most films. I was scared and of course, very reluctant to get a hair cut at some local salon. But it was one of the best hair cuts I have ever had. The experience was amazing too. If it wasn’t for the film, I would have never done something like this.”

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