'I belonged to the working class, not the middle class.''I was a rag-picker. I used to pick up coal from the railway tracks.''I was rejected from the FTII, as I was very unkempt and skinny.''I did not look like a hero, villain or comedian.''But Girish Karnad and Jairaj said I should be taken based on merit, not looks.' IMAGE: Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey. At the launch of his biography Unlikely Hero, Om Puri got quite emotional as he remembered the people ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Last evening, I was at a friend’s place, visiting her at her new home, for the first time. Warm, welcoming and done up beautifully, what immediately caught my eye was a delightful large wooden plaque, about four by two feet, leaning against the wall, ...The Financial Chronicle, 1 week ago
'There are many people like me who were kept away from Jayalalithaa.' 'There is a coterie who did not allow her to meet people.' Bader Sayeed, a lawyer and activist in Chennai, was a schoolmate of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. A one-time MLA, she was also an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate in the 2004 parliamentary election. She was also the first woman chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board. Sayeed supported the Supreme Court's Shah Bano verdict of ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
Govinda returns with Aa Gaya Hero. Welcome back, Govinda. The actor is all set to make a comeback with Aa Gaya Hero, in which he acts and produces. Govinda seems disillusioned with the new-age Bollywood. A lot has changed from the time he was a reigning star in the 1990s and he's not happy with it. "The energy that was there in that era, where can you see that?" he asks Rediff.com's Jahnavi Patel. Apart from being the lead in Aa Gaya Hero, you are also producing it. Is there any pressure? Yes, ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
'In college, everybody would say I was a good actress but these people would make me do only song and dance. And then I was given these not-so-big roles in movies. The roles were good but I felt I deserved better.' 'It’s like a railway compartment which is really crowded and you have to make your own space, work harder for that seat.' Divya Dutta makes her presence felt. IMAGE: Divya Dutta Divya Dutta is spreading her talent to other areas, besides acting. She has launched her first book ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
&& This retriever has a heart of gold. Whenever Cesar Fernandez-Chavez walks his dog, Louboutina, or Loubie for short, around his Manhattan neighborhood, it takes longer than one would expect. That’s because the 5-year-old golden retriever usually ...Huffington Post, 1 week ago
Rediff.com's Rajesh Karkera recounts the brief moments of interaction and conversation he had with the international celebrity. Her responses to him -- candid and engaging. FIRST LOOK: Padma Lakshmi at LFW Standing in the hustle-bustle of Lakme Fashion Week's dimly-lit backstage, during the crazy pre-show rush, I spotted a pair of eyes staring blankly into space. "Is that Padma Lakshmi?!" I thought to myself. I had hoped to get a spectacular picture of her. Here she was up close. ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'Shah Rukh's a possessive friend.''I think I may have hurt him when I made a film without him.''And I think I got hurt because when I did, I felt he didn't give me that paternal feeling that I had from him otherwise.''I think we were two hurt friends for no reason.' Karan Johar describes his relationship with Shah Rukh Khan in his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy. IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Karan Johar released his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy in Mumbai ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
Soon after Meryl Streep's moving speech at the Golden Globes 2017 (in which she slams the US President elect Donald Trump among other things) became the talk of the town, a certain section of the Indian intelligentsia started raising the question, "Why Indian ...DNA, 1 month ago
“ Zootopia ,” more than any animated movie in 2016, proved you can try everything . While talking with The Huffington Post, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore revealed they were originally unsure about how successful a socially conscious ...Huffington Post, 1 month ago
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