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Romance amidst sun-signs


Never before have the sun and the moon played such an important role in romance. What’s Your Raashee? is the story of Yogesh Patel, a young man, who in his heart, has
always wanted a love marriage.
But he is suddenly told that he must find the girl of his dreams within ten days for the sake of his family.
Finding the dream girl is tough enough. Finding her in a hurry is even tougher.
His solution is simple, he will meet one girl from each raashee or sun sign, as he feels that would be the best way to make sure he finds a suitable wife, while also giving himself twelve chances    to fall in love.
Two meetings per day give him six days to meet them, three days to make a final decision and he can get married on the tenth day, or so he thinks.
Based on the Gujarati novel Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye, What's Your Raashee? is Ashutosh Gowariker’s first romantic comedy starring Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra.
It is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Sunita A Gowariker.


The right chord

Bollywood actors work really hard to get into the skin of their characters. The same goes for Nausheen Ali Sardar, who worked quite hard on her character in her upcoming film Three — Love, Lies and Betrayal.
The film is produced by Vikram Bhatt and stars Ashish Chowdhry and Akshay Kapoor opposite her. Nausheen, who plays a violin teacher, apparently took violin lessons to make her character appear realistic. And yes, learning the musical instrument is not an easy task and Nausheen worked really hard to learn the technicalities of playing a violin.
“It’s not an easy instrument. But I was quite passionate about learning it and according to my guru, I have been a good student. I did learn it fast. Even if I didn’t get to play it in Three, I’m sure I will continue practicing it,” says Nausheen.
Ironically, Nausheen’s enthusiasm for playing the violin did not receive its due as none of the scenes in the film required her to play the instrument ultimately. All we can say is, it’s alright if the actress didn’t get to show her new skills in the film. What’s important is striking the right chord with the audience. And with all the hard work and enthusiasm, we are sure Nausheen will reap all the benefits.


Snubbing it out

Kajol apparently snubbed Aparna Sen because she wasn’t too happy with the script  and concept that the veteran director offered her. A source says, “After chasing the young actress for a few months to narrate the script, Aparna got a date from her. But 15 minutes into the narration, Kajol excused herself and walked out.”
“After waiting for about half an hour, Aparna realised that Kajol was not coming back and left the Devgan residence, feeling humiliated. Now she has cast her daughter Konkana in the role. A few years ago, Aparna was to direct Kajol’s husband Ajay Devgan in PNC’s Gulel. But that project fell through even though Ajay had liked the script.”


New ‘yuvraaj’ of Bollywood

Looks like Bollywood is all set to get its new prince charming. We are talking about Yuvraaj, a young actor who is being launched by Anil Sharma in his next, Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun. Shooting for this English film began on July 24. The movie is being directed by Sanjay Sharma and stars Zeenat Aman, Rituparna Sengupta, Helen, Megha Chatterjee and Kapil Sharma. Yuvraaj will play Rituparna Sengupta’s husband and Zeenat Aman’s son in the flick.
Yuvraaj has been in Mumbai for only five years and has done his acting course from Asha Chandra’s institute in Juhu. And having done BA in kathak from Lucknow, the lad promises to be a dancing treat as well. He knows almost all dance forms, be it kathak or Latin American.
He was the main celebrity dancer in one of the Mrs India contests. Besides, he has already faced the camera for many commercials. And now he is getting set to debut in Bollywood. Hope the young Yuvraaj will really become the king of Bollywood and rule the tinsel world.


Setting an example

Neha Dhupia is doing her bit for the environment. Says the actress, “The issue of global warming is disturbing. What are we leaving for the future generation? All this is of utmost concern to me. I am not saying that I am here to collect funds for it. But I want to do my bit for it.”
So Neha makes it a point to switch off power whenever she is not using it. “I don’t like to keep the switches on standby mode as they consume a lot of energy. I make it a point to switch off power as soon as I am done with it,” she adds.


Truly global dance-drama

The DVD of Shobana’s Maya Ravan, a unique musical dance ballet in English was recently released in Chennai amidst a constellation of dignitaries.
Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and superstar Kamal Hassan unveiled the DVD.
Maya Ravan is available with subtitles in five languages — English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.
Maya Ravan is a path-breaking interpretation of the epic Ramayana, with the trappings of a truly global dance drama.
Perhaps the first to be performed by an Indian in more ways than one, it has run to full houses in India, USA, Middle East and is next moving to Malaysia and Singapore. Veteran bharatnatyam dancer and film actress Shobana, who also stars in it, has choreographed and directed it along with her dance troupe.
The English narration has been done by Indian film artists like Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Milind Soman, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Revathy, Rohini, Tabu, Sameer Soni and Mohanlal.
“Maya Ravan is my effort to rekindle and spread the spirit of our culture nationally and internationally, embracing and adopting all the aspects of the value chain ranging from traditional form of dance to popular forms, and technology,” quips Shobana.

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