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HIMALAYAN MIRROR
GANGTOK, FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER 2014
ENTERTAINMENT/FASHION
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Hema Malini turns 66, wants quiet birthday
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fter several hectic
travel
schedules,
veteran actress and
politician Hema Malini,
who turned 66 Thursday, is
happy to spend a "quiet"
birthday in Mumbai with
her elder daughter Esha and
son-in-law Bharat Takhtani.
She says she looks back at
her journey with "affection".
"I was supposed to be in
my constituency Mathura.
But it's impossible for me to
travel right now. So this
birthday is being spent with
family in Mumbai, and that
means Esha and her husband Bharat. My younger
daughter Ahana was supposed to join me in Mathura
from Delhi where she lives.
And
Dharamji
(Dharmendra) is in New
Zealand to attend a function. So, he is not here with
me this birthday," Hema
said.
The actress of "Sholay",
"Seeta Aur Geeta" and
"Dream Girl" fame, has
been travelling incessantly
of late.
"At the beginning of
October, I was shooting for
Ramesh Sippy's 'Shimla
enough to arrange a private
jet," she said.
"From Delhi, I flew
stituents for my birthday.
But I can't travel any more
right now. I'm exhausted. I
Mirch' for two days. Then
on Oct 3, I had to rush to
Kanpur for a function. The
organisers were kind
straight to Mumbai in time
for Karva Chauth (Oct 11).
I was scheduled to be in
Mathura with my con-
just wanted a quiet birthday," said the Bharatiya
Janata Party's Lok Sabha
member from Mathura.
Rani Mukerji as
Dawood’s sister?
Hema wants to thank her
fans for being with her for
so many years.
"I don't know what people saw in me. But I've only
received love and respect
from within the film industry and from my fans. I look
back with a lot of affection
at all the films that I've
done. If you ask me to single out one film, it would
have to be Gulzar saab's
'Meera'," she said.
That was the Dream
Girl's dream role.
"I wish Lataji had sung
for me in 'Meera'. That will
remain the one regret of my
career. I even requested her
personally. But she had her
own reasons for not singing
in 'Meera'," she said.
Whatever bitterness transpired at that time is now
washed away. Today Hema
and Lata are mutual fans.
"She gifts me the most
beautiful saris. I've been
wanting to gift her one. But
getting the right fabric and
design for Lata-ji is not
easy. I've finally managed
it," she said.
Promoting a film on digital medium is
necessary: Arjun Kapoor
A model displays a creaction designed by Atsushi Nakashima during his 2015
Spring/Summer Collection at the Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 15, 2014 (IANS)
Huma wants to follow in Jolie's footsteps
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Apoorva Lakhia, who has long expressed a desire to
direct a feature film on the life of Haseena Parkar,
Dawood Ibrahim's younger sister and aide, has finally
locked his screenplay.
Haseena's name first came to prominence after her husband Ismail Parkar, was gunned down by members of the
Arun Gawli gang in 1991. His murderers were then shot
down by Dawood's lieutenants in the infamous J.J.
Hospital shootout. Haseena then moved into an apartment
in Nagpada and soon became the "godmother" of the
area. She passed away in a Dongri hospital on July 4, this
year, following a massive heart attack.
Mirror has it that Lakhia, whose film, simply titled
Haseena, is expected to go on floors by November, is in
advanced talks with Rani Mukerji to essay the role. A
source close to the filmmaker said, "Till late last year,
Apoorva was in touch with Haseena and her family. He
wants to ensure that every detail is right. He himself
spent a lot of time with Haseena to understand the complexities of her life."
Explaining the director's choice of Rani, the source
added, "Apoorva believes that Rani will do complete justice to the role. She can pull off the part with confidence
and aplomb, which is why he zeroed down on her."
The actress, who hasn't done a biopic yet, has shown
interest in the project and is even considering the idea of
putting on weight to ensure she resembles Haseena.
Apoorva is also planning workshops for his actors, the
lead actress in particular, so that she can learn her distinctive mannerisms right.
While Rani Mukerji remained unavailable for comment, Apoorva Lakhia chose not to respond to our calls
or text messages.
rjun Kapoor, who
revealed the first
look of his upcoming
film ‘Tevar’on Twitter, feels
it is important to promote a
movie on social-networking
sites.
'Tevar’, the remake of
Telugu
blockbuster
‘Okkadu’, is produced by
Arjun’s father Boney
Kapoor and uncle Sanjay
Kapoor. The Amit Sharmadirected film will hit theatres on January 9, 2015.
“This is the first time that
I have launched the poster
of my film on Twitter.
Promoting the film on digital platform is an emerging
trend and it’s important too.
It gives you a scope to interact with your fans and get
feedbacks instantly. My
'Tevar', the remake of Telugu
blockbuster ‘Okkadu’, is produced by
Arjun’s father Boney Kapoor and
uncle Sanjay Kapoor. The Amit
Sharma-directed film will hit theatres
on January 9, 2015.
only motive to launch the
motion poster online was to
be in touch with my fans,”
Arjun said.
The actor has received a
positive feedback from his
celebrity friends and fans,
who like the 29-year-old
actor’s rugged look in the
film. Arjun Kapoor is also
planning to hold a contest
with his more than three
lakh admirers on the microblogging site before releas-
ing the trailer. Through the
contest, the lucky ones will
get a chance to meet him
and leading lady Sonakshi
Sinha.
“We are going to launch
the trailer soon and I would
like to meet fans all across
the country before that. I just
want to make it so interactive that if someone wants to
know anything about the
film, he/she can directly get
it online,” he said.
Elizabeth Pena dies at 55
A
ctress
Elizabeth
Pena, who recently
completed shooting
for TV series “Matador”,
has died. She was 55.
Her nephew MarioFrancisco Robles shared the
news that Pena passed away
Tuesday (Oct 14) at CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles after a brief illness,
r e p o r t s
hollywoodreporter.com.
Robles broke the news on
the website Latino Review,
where he serves as a writer.
The actress played the
title character's mother
Maritza in the first season
of the El Rey Network’s
“Matador".
“We are deeply saddened
by the passing of our friend
and colleague, Elizabeth
Pena. She was a role model,
a truly extraordinary per-
former and an inspiration in
every sense of the word.
Our thoughts are with
Elizabeth’s family and
friends during this difficult
time. She will be deeply
missed,” read a statement
by the network.
Pena also featured in popular TV series “Modern
Family” in the role of
actress Sofia Vergara's
mother.
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B
ollywood actress Huma Qureshi
says she wants to follow in
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's
footsteps and direct a film when she
grows older.
After delivering hits like "Gia", "Girl,
Interrupted" and "Lara Croft: Tomb
Raider", Jolie, 39,
made her directorial
debut with "In the
Land of Blood and
Honey" in 2011 and
Qureshi, "Ek Thi
Daayan" actress is
inspired by her.
"Right now I can't
direct. Maybe at 55,
I would like to
direct. I will go the
Angelina
Jolie
way," the 28-yearold told IANS in a
group interaction.
Asked if she
would like to codirect with actor
and brother Saqib
Saleem, she said:
"Co-directing is not
possible with my
brother. We have very different opinions.
Maybe, we will act in a film together.
That will be exciting because both of us
are very competitive actors so it would
nice." She is currently working on a film
called "Badlapur", set to release in
February next year.
Aishwarya Rai in most
stunning look at MAMI
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ctress
Aishwarya
Rai
Bachchan Tuesday
declared the 16th
Mumbai Film
Festival open, calling it a "honour" to
be given the privilege.
Kudos to the
team and everybody who has made
this happen. I knew
what was going on
and what it took to
keep the flag going.
I am experiencing
the conviction,
belief, faith they
had to keep this
festival going. I
take such pride and
such an honour to
be standing here
today and declaring
16th Mumbai Film
festival open.
Aishwarya,
Helen and
Catherine Deneuve
were the guest of
honour at the opening ceremony.
Helen and
Catherine were
conferred lifetime
achievement
awards. The 16th
MAMI film festival
will continue till
Oct 21. Meanwhile,
in films, Aishwarya
was seen in 2010
film 'Guzaarish'. She is now set to make
her comeback to the films with Sanjay
Gupta's 'Jazba' that will see actor Irrfan
opposite her.

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