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‘We help build the plot’

Rashmi Nigam has a lot to be thankful for. She plays the role of a star wife — whose role  is rumoured to be based on real-life celebrity wives like Gauri Khan and Sussane Roshan — in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. Rashmi stars opposite Sanjay Suri — who plays an established super star — in this movie.

Says the excited actress, “My role shows what a star’s wife has to go through. When relationships and rumours start cropping up around the actor, it makes her jealous. Yet, she wants to see her husband shine.” 

Rashmi had been doing an advertisement for a shampoo brand, when Madhur was re-casting for Heroine. Rashmi had asked her agency to get her an audition, as she had always wanted to work with Madhur Bhandarkar.

They saw her advertisement and called her in. Though the spotlight in the film is firmly on Kareena, Rashmi isn’t worried that her performance will get overshadowed. “The film is indeed about Kareena’s character. The rest of us are supporting characters, who help build the plot. However, when you are sharing screen space with Kareena, you will naturally draw eyeballs as well. So I don’t have any qualms doing this film,” says Rashmi.

Back with her parents

Kangana Ranaut has had a hectic couple of weeks. Not only has been busy with back-to-back shooting schedules in Europe, but she’s also been in the news because of her rumoured breakup with her British boyfriend.

She recently returned to Mumbai and apparently, has asked her parents to come
and live with her.A source close to the actress confirms, “Yes,
Kangana asked her parents to come and live with her. She has been a little down lately, especially after her breakup with boyfriend Nicholas Lafferty.

And the last thing she wanted is to come to an empty home after a gruelling shooting schedule. Since she was feeling a little lonely, she has asked her parents to move in with her. Her parents were more than happy to do that as they wanted to be with their daughter.”


The presence of her parents and some home-cooked food seems to have worked wonders for the actress.  Her friends say that she is happy and beaming now.
“She was feeling a little upset and sad lately. Even on the sets, people
have observed that she was looking a little pale. But suddenly, there has been a transformation. Having her parents around seemed to bring much cheer into her life,” the source adds.

Kangana has her hands full right now with Shootout At Wadala, Tanu Weds Manu 2 and Krrish 3 with Hrithik Roshan. The actress just came back from shooting her next film ‘Queen’ in Paris and Amsterdam.

Encouraging piece of feedback

Lata Mangeshkar has always been known as a versatile singer and she explains that she’s received a lot of encouragement to train herself in this manner. Once, when she was travelling by train in 1947, she was accompanied by actor Dilip Kumar, composer Anil Biswas and his secretary. When she was introduced to Dilip Kumar, she recalls, they had a very interesting conversation.

 “Biswas said, ‘This is Lata Mangeshkar, she sings very well’. So Yusuf saab (Kumar) asked me, ‘Are you a Maharashtrian?’ To which I replied in the affirmative. He then replied, ‘Maharashtrian singers don’t have very good diction’,” she reminisces. Kumar’s remark stayed with her and Lata knew she had to overcome this obstacle. So, she got back to Mumbai and asked her music gurus to look for an Urdu teacher.

“A maulana came to my rescue and he religiously taught me subtle nuances and diction. Today, I’ve sung in about 36 languages,” she says, adding, “Yes, of all the languages I’ve sung in, Tamil, I would say, I found slightly tough. I think the only language I haven’t sung in is Haryanvi. Asha and I both love singing in as many languages possible.”

‘It’s not easy to maintain diva tag’

It’s rather tough for tinsel town heroines to make sure they stay in the
limelight for years on end. While a few have managed this feat, others succumb to anonymity and later on try to stage comebacks.

Katrina Kaif is one of the few heroines who has been in the news for over a decade. A select group of other actresses — including divas Rekha, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai — can boast of this feat as well.

Although many disagree with this point of view, trade analyst Taran Adarsh feels that actresses in Bollywood lose their charm and charisma after marriage. “It’s not easy to maintain the diva tag.

Most of the actresses fade away into oblivion after they get married and have children. Very few like Rekha and Madhuri remain in the glamour business. It’s not easy for them. It’s too early to talk about the younger
actresses or to give them the diva tag,” says Taran.

Among older actresses, Waheeda Rehman, Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini have still managed to maintain their charisma on screen and off screen as well.

 

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