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The relationship between boys and bikes is 'complicated'. Here, we feature men who have tweaked their mean machines to be an extension of their personalities
Serious about fun
There is something quirky yet endearing about Varun Dhawan. And, this feeling is reinforced when he says his diet depends on the kind of scenes he is doing in a film. “When I was shooting for Main Tera Hero, I would eat a lot of cake and drink a lot of cold drinks, so that I would be in a pleasant mood to do funny scenes. Food makes me happy,” he says. Varun was in Chandigarh recently...
Not the unkindest cut
In the recent news conference in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced his decision not to seek a third term even if the UPA was elected to power, he also expressed a hope that history would judge him more kindly. This book seems like the first attempt at that 'kind' of history.Critics allege that the book is a kiss-and-tell one. They have not read it. It is not only sympathetic...
Howling over the coals
Former coal secretary P.C. Parakh’s book is a tell-all, behind-the-scenes account of the coal scam. A gripping read, it points fingers at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his political executive, and highlights the pressures exerted by ministers and MPs in policy matters.Though it is written as a memoir of Parakh’s experiences, starting from his Andhra Pradesh cadre days, the part on...
'Ship of Theseus' named best film
Anand Gandhi's powerful debut 'Ship of Theseus' was declared the best feature film at the 61st National Film Awards here while biopic 'Bhaag Milka Bhaag' was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards.'Ship of Theseus' has been hailed for its brilliant portrayal of complex issues of identity, faith and death through the Theseus paradox. "I am...
Theatre of belief
Nirbhaya: Breaking The Silence is just one of the plays born of the Delhi gangrape. Here is looking at how a girl's tragedy helped many others break their silence on sexual violence
Raw talent
When filmmaker Aditya Chopra first met Arjun Kapoor, he said: “You are not very good-looking. But don't worry, just concentrate on your acting.” This assessment could have shaken a newcomer but not Arjun, who believes it was a fair one. “I was not in that typical chocolate boy mould,” he says. “I knew I had to be different in the way I performed and create my own...
Beyond the spotlight
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's son Kussh recently directed his debut commercial for a real estate brand. Prior to this, he assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saawariya and Abhinav Singh Kashyap on Besharam. He has also directed a short film and is a budding photographer. His ultimate dream is to direct feature films. Like his father and siblings, Luv and Sonakshi, Kussh could have...
Breathing life
Urdu, the language of poets and poetry, is fighting a battle of survival. Lending it a helping hand is the Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), an organisation that works for the promotion of the language.Going beyond the usual outreach activities, the Anjuman has launched an annual seminar series to bring together Urdu scholars from India and abroad. “This started last year,’’ says...
Rani Mukerji, Aditya Chopra marry in Italy
Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji and filmmaker Aditya Chopra have tied the knot in a quiet ceremony in Italy, ending years of speculation about their relationship status.The couple, who have been dating for several years, married Monday night in the Italian countryside. "We are happy to announce that Mr Aditya Chopra and Ms Rani Mukerji got married last night on April 21 in Italy. The wedding...
Top of the charts
The NaMo factor seems to be sweeping across the world of books. Pollsters may still be figuring out whether Narendra Modi will reach the magic number of 272, but the publishing industry has decided that this is the perfect time for launching political books.HarperCollins India leads the pack with nine books, which include Single Man: The Life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar by Sankarshan...
The price of freedom
Is the Indian press really free? Although its history goes back to more than two centuries and it has been functioning within a democratic polity for the last 67 years, the press still lacks real freedom, writes Ravindra Kumar, president of the Indian Newspaper Society. In Threescore and Fifteen, a volume written to commemorate the platinum jubilee celebrations of the INS, he laments the fact...
Divine quirk
Brijendra Narayan Mishra of Uttar Pradesh is a one-of-a-kind devotee of Narendra Modi. As a priest at the 300-year-old Shiva temple in Bhagwanpur village in Kaushambi district, he performs pujas every morning. The object of adoration, however, is not the shivling in the sanctum. Instead, it is a 4ft-tall statue of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Mishra, who installed the statue next to...
Elusive erotica
He titillated an entire generation of Hindi porn readers.Yet, no one knows who he is. In an Akhilesh Jaiswal movie, Mastram returns from the past
Pulp friction
Sense and sensuality
Not a single film with any of the three Khans or the big banners, no Bollywood camp loyalty, no lobbying and no size zero phase, yet Vidya Balan is what she is: a superstar who is loved by both the classes and the masses. Perhaps, it is her audacity to experiment and stand out that has made her what she is today. “I feel humbled and really grateful,” said Balan, as she got ready for a...
Fun and fundas
Blanchett, McConaughey best actors
X-Men director accused of raping teenage boy
Producer and director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in US court on Wednesday.The lawsuit, filed weeks before the release of Singer's upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past", alleges the 48-year-old used his influence as a Hollywood insider, as well as a range of drugs and...
I want Manju's story to be heard
It was in 2005 Manjunath Shanmugam, a marketing manager with Indian Oil Corporation, paid the price for being honest with his own life. The IIM graduate had sealed two petrol pumps in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, for selling adulterated fuel. His body was found in his car with six bullets in it. There was a hue and cry initially, but it soon died down and “Manju was forgotten”....
Glenfiddich invites emerging artists
Embracing fear
Drive back in time
Luxury cars in contemporary designs vroom past the skyscrapers on either side of the mammoth expressway in Gurgaon. But time stands still inside a glistening glass-tinted building near Pathreri village, a few kilometres ahead of the expressway. This is the Heritage Transport Museum, which displays the evolution of India's transport system, linking the modern with the ancient.A private...
US expo tells story of Indo-Americans
Toys for big boys
The scene outside India’s first green stadium, Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi, was almost like it was inside: crammed and chaotic. Thousands of people, largely youth, had thronged the place to participate in Comic Con, the Mahakumbh of comic books.Even in this melee, one could easily spot the Collectors Heritage booth from a distance. Iron Man stood tall and youngsters queued up to get...
Faded stars in fine print
Shah Rukh Khan better watch out. It is rumoured that the original Devdas of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar, might make a comeback. The man who made brooding beautiful and manly is all set to tell his story. Kumar’s autobiography, published by Hay House, will probably be the biggest blockbuster for the filmi world in print.Kumar is not alone. There are others from his generation-Waheeda Rehman and...
Fab four forever
Penguin withdraws book on Hindus
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