Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
While Shahid Kapoor gets the PETA Asia Sexiest Vegetarian Award, a bevy of B-town celebs gather to be honoured with humanitarian awards at PETA's 10th anniversary bash. The gala will also have recorded video appearances by former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and rocker Bryan Adams.
As celebs gather at the Trident Hotel at Bandra kurla Complex, in Mumbai, we caught up with some of them who have supported the humble cause.
"My contribution towards PETA should have been much more than what I have done. I feel honoured for being recognized by such an amazing
organization. I am extremely honored to receiving the humanitarian award," says Bollywood actress Eesha Koppikar.
Talking about her lovee for animals, Celine Jaitly, who appeared in a PETA ad in 2009 for saving elephants from captivity says, "Animals are my first love, getting PETA's award motivates me to do more work for animals. They can't speak for themselves and yet their love is so unconditional. I am glad I could make a difference."
Raveena Tandon Thadani, who's equally excited about being honoured says, "Animals need us to speak for them. Let's stop the cruely and let us make a difference."
John Abraham, who campaigned for independence for caged birds in a popular ad campaign for PETA and is also hosting the event, remained unavailable for comment.
Posted by Mahindra Gorele at 5:07 AM
By Ruchika Kher
Film: "Chance Pe Dance"; Music Director: Adnan Sami; Lyricists: Kumaar, Irshad Kamil, Irfan Siddique and Amitabh Bhattacharya; Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Tulsi Kumar, Javed Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Soham Chakrabarthy, Shreya Ghosal, Kunal Ganjawala, Master Saleem, Neeraj Sridhar, Amit Kumar and Shaan; Rating:** 1/2
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake a leg with the music of Shahid Kapoor-Genelia D'Souza-starrer "Chance Pe Dance". The soundtrack has been composed by Adnan Sami and it boasts of fast-paced, high-on-energy dance numbers.
The album contains seven originals and two remix versions.
It opens with "Pe pe pepein" that starts with typical wedding music in the background. A Western song with rap by Hard Kaur and vocals by Master Saleem and Neeraj Sridhar, "Pe pe pepein" has a strong Punjabi flavour. It's a fast-paced song and slowly grows on you.
The song also has a remix version that adds more beats and makes it a perfect dance number.
Next is "Pump it up" with Vishal Dadlani behind the mike. The song has a punch and starts with a bang. It's a full-on dance number with a mix of dhol and electronic guitaring.
This track too has a remix version which is faster and includes more orchestration.
Up next is a slow love ballad "Pal mein hi", which is beautifully crooned by Soham Chakrabarthy and Shreya Ghoshal. The song brings in a tranquillising effect. It's a sweet and pleasing romantic number that touches a chord with the listener.
Then we have another fast track in the guise of "One more dance". The song sung by Kunal Ganjawala is not that impressive. The song has a techno feel and is meant for the dance floor; it, however, fails to create an impact and falls flat.
It is followed by "Yaba Daba Yahoo". Sung by Kunal Ganjawala, it takes the dance flavour of the album further. A fun number, it has a heavy dose of English lyrics.
"Rishta hai mera", sung by Shaan and Tulsi Kumar, changes the mood of the album. It's a soft, smooth song. An inspirational number, "Rishta hai mera" is a melodious composition and generates interest.
Finally there is "Just do it". High on electronic arrangements, the song has been crooned by Amit Kumar and director Ken Ghosh has composed it. It has influences of hip hop and is a dance number yet gain.
On the whole, if you want to dance away to glory, then "Chance Pe Dance" is the album you are looking for.
Movie Chance Pe Dance Genelia Dsouza
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Joginder Tuteja gets into a conversation with Shahid who has been super busy shooting for his films but is still managing to keep a close tab on the promotion of Chance Pe Dance as well as reactions to his newest on-screen partner Genelia D'Souza.
|For these abs, I am not going to stop eating what I want or take added strain|
(Laughs) Believe me; even I was surprised when I developed 8 pack abs. I was just trying to get in shape and was working out for that. However, it was during the shooting of a song for Chance Pe Dance when director Ken (Ghosh) just smiled and waved at me. He called me near the monitor and asked me to have a look at it. We had a hearty laugh because it was the camera that eventually had captured my 8 packs.
Come on, it's hard to believe. You developed an 8 pack and it's the camera which told you first about it?
I swear that was indeed the case. See, I was working out to be fit and not to get into any competition with anybody. I wasn't sitting and counting my abs. But yes, when Ken pointed this out, I did feel good about it, more so because this hadn't been planned. However, let me also clear that I am not going to live for maintaining this physique. Fit rehna important hai but for these abs, I am not going to stop eating what I want or take added strain.
Meanwhile, you seem to have developed quite a playboy image for yourself during last couple of years. It seems like you are having an affair with every leading lady that you interact with during the making of your films. Vidya Balan (Kismat Konnection), Priyanka Chopra (Kaminey) and now Anushka Sharma (yet untitled Yash Raj film) - it is indeed one enviable list. Really Shahid, what's happening?
(Laughs) Really yaar, my mummy-daddy should just find a nice girl for me and marry me off Vivah style. I guess it would be best if I go through an arranged marriage. At least talks around my so-called affairs would come to a stop. I mean ever since I went single two years back, there have been these constant talks around my relationships with fellow co-stars.
|It is amusing when media breaks the news to me that I am seeing a girl. Can it be funnier than that?|
Annoying would be too harsh a word. But yes, I am really aghast about the entire thing - not because of the entire pairing up thing but the fact that at least I should know if I am really going around with someone. It is amusing when media breaks the news to me that I am seeing a girl. Can it be funnier than that?
Does it lead to an uncomfortable situation between you and the girl in question?
I make sure that it doesn't turn out to be the case. I don't get affected by rumours and gossips and neither do I want my co-star to be. I am living my life the way I want to and I am not going to stop that just because someone out there wishes to talk or write about it by giving it a spicy connotation.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
think of myself as a general store, where everything is available. You’ll get anything you want. Shahid Kapoor gets candid.
How do you feel when you look into the mirror these days?
I’m shooting for a new film now, so the look and the hair is different. Those six and eight pack abs were for Kaminey and Chance Pe Dance.
Do girls ask you to take off your shirt?
(Laughs) It has happened a couple of times. I look down or look away because it’s embarrassing... but I won’t deny that I like it. In Chance Pe Dance, Ken (director Ken Ghosh) and I had to create some shock value. That was the eight-pack. It got me a lot of ‘Whoas!’ Girls seem to like me a little more now.
Are we talking about any girl in particular here?
Sorry, I’m not going there.
Does having an eight-pack make you feel more like a man?
I won’t be politically correct and say it doesn’t really matter. Yes, it’s a great feeling.
Was six-pack Shah Rukh Khan the role model or eight-pack Aamir Khan?
Honestly, it was neither since I had not planned on either a six or an eight pack. Kaminey needed a raw, rough look, while Chance Pe Dance an aesthetic, chiselled body. For a year, I worked out with my trainer keeping both requirements in mind. It was Ken who, after looking into the monitor, pointed out that I had an eight-pack. It took me by surprise, but when others agreed, I realised he was right. You could say it happened by chance.
What was the biggest challenge getting there?
Getting the last four packs. It’s easy developing your upper abs but losing fat in the lower half happens only last. Also, it’s more difficult when you are a vegetarian.
Did the abs help you as a dancer or add to your performance as an actor?
They were for purely for visual effect and aesthetic appeal. I didn’t build them to prove a point to anyone. For me, the greatest actors in the world are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Dilipsaab (Kumar) and Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) who have a body of work rather than a body to show.
Your dad, Pankaj Kapur, has also relied more on performance than physical appearance. What was his reaction to the macho image?
Dad understands that in this new space the look is as much a part of the job. He reacted with a wry smile and an “achche lag rahe ho beta.”
How is your look different now?
In Parmeet’s film I’m playing a regular 22-year-old, so I didn’t need a bulky body. Parmeet saw me at a show earlier this year and was worried. We were going to start shooting in 45 days and he wanted a boy next-door. He got it. Personally, having an eight-pack is a high but professionally, I cannot be obsessed with it. I’m an actor not a body builder. Still, it must be heartbreaking to lose it just when you got it? I’m a fitness freak now, I can get it back in three months.
How do you feel when you look at your old films now?
I’m not going to run away from an Ishk Vishk or a Vivah. I don’t mind going back to a love story. I think of myself as a general store, where everything is available. You’ll get anything you want.
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