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					BOOMTOWN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SOUNDWAVE
RAP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ustad
Fashion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      remembers
frenzy in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    his teenage
the city                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            years


                                            THE TIMES OF INDIA I MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010




Getting naughty with a hottie!
...and the younger he is, the better
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘Chalti kya ,
Meena Iyer I TNN

A hero is only as old as the
heroine he romances on
screen, is a popular Bollywood
saying. That’s the reason why
you have 61-year old Rajnikant
romancing       a    36-year-old
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in
                                   scious effort to
                                   alternately
                                   romance a 42-year-
                                   old        Akshay
                                   Kumar and a 26-
                                   year-old Imran,
                                   because she does-
                                   n’t want to be
                                   classified as
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Impala mein?’
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Akshay to woo Ash by taking her on a long drive
Robot. Or a 45-year-old Salman     being                                                                                                                                                                   Meena Iyer I TNN                                                                                     of Action Replayy. This car was one
Khan romancing a 22-year-old       older                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of the most defining vehicles in
Sonakshi in Dabangg.               than she                                                                                                                                                                In 1958 Chevrolet manufactured the                                                                      the retro period. And at a very
   Now there is a reversal of      is.                                                                                                                                                                     Impala to counter the growing                                                                            dramatic point in my film
roles. “Whether it is Katrina         Hollywood                                                                                                                                                            popularity of the Cadillac. The                                                                          Akshay owns an Impala. The
Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika      screen icon Demi                                                                                                                                                        American public lapped up the                                                                             car adds a new dimension to his
Padukone or Priyanka Chopra,       Moore, who is                                                                                                                                                           Impala and so did the Khannas,                                                                            personality. Such is the impact
they all want to romance           married to the                                                                                                                                                          Kapoors and Kumars. In the                                                                                of the Impala that when it
Imran Khan, Shahid Kapoor or       much      younger                                                                                                                                                       late 60s and through the 70s, the                                                                         arrives on screen you are auto-
Ranbir Kapoor, the generation      Ashton Kutcher,                                                                                                                                                         car to be seen arriving in, espe-                                                                         matically transported into that
after the Khans, because it        told a lifestyle                                                                                                                                                        cially in Bollywood, was the                                                                              era.’’
helps cut their screen ages,”      magazine that she                                                                                                                                                       Impala. So impressed were the                                                                                   Vipul is right. Romance in
says a leading filmmaker.          is indeed a Puma                                                                                                                                                        superstars of that era by the car,                                                                               the 70s, especially for the
   So in Shakun Batra’s Short-     (an older woman                                                                                                                                                         that they even had a song in a                                                                                     affluent, inside or out-
Term Shaadi, Bebo will woo         who romances a                                                                                                                                                          70s film that went — Caroon                                                                                         side of       Bollywood
Imran; in Abbas Ali’s Mere         younger      man).                                                                                              PAIRING UP: Imran Khan                                  mein ek car chuni hai, car                                                                                            meant a long car
Brother Ki Dulhan, Kat will        And our very own                                                                                                and Deepika Padukone                                    chuni hai Impala.                                                                                                      drive. Sources say
serenade him; and, in Danish       Bollywood leading                                                                                               in a forthcoming film                                      In all likelihood                                                                                                    that there is a
Aslam’s Break Ke Bad,              ladies have no                                                                                                                                                          that it is the song                                                                                                      moment in the film
Deepika is steaming it up with     compunctions of                                                                                                                                                         Akshay Kumar will                                                                                                        when Akshay feels
the light-eyed actor. Priyanka     being Cougars or                                                                                                                                                        croon before he                                                                                                          he is losing out on
is also scheduled to do a photo    Pumas either. Bebo says, “I’m         younger than me on screen.                                        contemporaries says just the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           gets behind the                                                                                                          Ash… and in a bid
shoot with Imran to see how            equally at ease romancing         But if there is a great film                                      opposite. She is clear that she
                                                                                                                                                                                                           wheel on October                                                                                                         to woo her back he
they make screen magic.                 SRK, Aamir, Saif, Salman         offer, I’m going to grab it.                                      wants        to       romance
                                                                                                                                                                                                           25 to take his lady                                                                                                      gets her to drive
But Deepika is one up                     or Imran as the case                    ,
                                                                         Honestly the hero’s age is the                                    Imran/Ranbir because it defi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           love Aishwarya                                                                                                           with him in his
on all of them. The                         may be. I’m not neces-       last thing I think of when I                                      nitely changes the audience’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rai Bachchan for                                                                                                         Impala. Of course,
actress, who is just                         sarily looking to           accept a film. It has to be a good                                perception of her. And it also
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a      spin     on                                                                                                        Aishwarya falls
24, is making a con-                          romance someone            script and a great role.”                                         brings an element of freshness
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mumbai’s                                                                                                                   back in love with
                                                                           However, another of Bebo’s                                      to the film.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Marine      Drive.                                                                                                          him.     And it
                                                                                                                                                                                                           This handsome                                                                                                               could well be a




                                                            SRK to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           couple, who are                                                                                                              stroke        of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           gearing up for                                                                                                               genius to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Vipul      Shah’s                                                                                                           Akshay      give
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Action Replayy                                                                                                                people tips on
                                                                                                                                                                                                           that        opens                                                                                                               how        to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           worldwide       on                                                                                                                romance




                                                            rescue
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Diwali, has bor-                                                                                                                    Impala
                                                                                                                                                                                                           rowed the car                                                                                                                         style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           from the gregari-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ous filmmaker just
                                                                                                                                                                                                           for that romantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                           drive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              On     that     day
                                                                Actor bails out penniless filmmaker                                                                                                        Akshay will also play
                                                                                                                                                                                                           love guru and offer
                                                                Prithwish Ganguly I TNN                                             she could finish her movie. Shailja                                    tips to people on how
                                                                                                                                    stayed in the city for a couple of                                     to woo a girl by tak-
                                                                If you must do philanthropy then
                                                                                               ,                                    months, worked inside SRK’s office                                     ing her on those long
                                                                 do it like Shah Rukh Khan. The                                     with full support from the actor’s                                     romantic drives. And
                                                                 Bollywood Badshah recently                                         team. She is now creating waves in                                     it doesn’t end there.
                                                                  helped out debutant filmmaker                                     America with her debut movie that                                      There could be a
                                                                    Shailja Gupta by silently fund-                                 is set to show at all major film festi-                                pleasant surprise in
                                                                    ing the entire post-production                                  vals. “I thought my film would                                         store for the readers of
                                                                     of her film Walkaway that                                      never see the light of the day said
                                                                                                                                                                   ,”                                      this article and for
                                                                     apparently ran into crores. BT                                 Shailja. “I had no clue how to go                                      those who buy tickets of
                                                                   has learned that the director was                                about making a film and the budget                                     Action Replayy as well.
                                                                   in dire straits without any                                      naturally went out of control. I was                                      One hears that Vipul is
                                                                   money to fund her post-shooting                                  devastated thinking that all my                                        actually planning to get
                                                                  work. Having done a project with                                  hard work was ruined. But then                                         some lucky person to drive
                                                                  Shah Rukh when he was in the                                      SRK gave me a helping hand.” An                                        with Akshay and Ash in the
                                                                  US, Shailja decided to ask him for                                official from SRK’s side confirmed                                     very same Impala after the                                                                                                        GOING RETRO:
                                                                 help. What she didn’t expect was                                   this development but the actor, who                                    advance booking opens.                                                                                                            Akshay Kumar
      SAVING THE DAY: Shah Rukh Khan. To
                                                                SRK would invite her to Mumbai                                      has never ever spoken about his                                        Says Vipul, “The Impala                                                                                                           and Aishwarya
      Shah Rukh, sms SRK to 55558, toll-free
                                                                and open the doors of his home                                      philanthropic work, remained                                           is a very important part                                                                                                          Rai Bachchan in
      from your Airtel phone, and get free
      updates, photos and videos                                production office for free so that                                  silent.                                                                                                                                                                                                  the film


                                 was a college bully.

                               I When I was 16 I had no
                                 plans to be an actress. I
                             had finished school and
                             had just enrolled for engi-
                             neering in England. I must
                             confess the studies were
                             tough. I would bully the
                             other students into giving
                             me their homework. Life
                             was fun, carefree and dif-
                             ferent. Of      course in
between studies I dreamt of being a model. Acting was
not on the radar. I always visualised myself being a
                     model though. I loved to see fash-
                       ion icons walk the ramp. And it
                         was my secret desire to be
                           like them. I started model-
                             ling when I was still in my
                              teens. Guess 16 is an
                                important age because
                                 that's when you actual-
                                  ly make important life
                                   choices.
                                              (As told to MI)




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