MMS has Mallika in a froth
July 11: A graphic new MMS of a sex act between a white man
and a lookalike of the Bollywood bombshell, Mallika Sherawaat,
which began doing the rounds of snazzy handsets on Saturday,
has put the actress in a murderous mood.
MMS has prompted the actress to seek a police probe. The 28-year-old
siren, currently in Europe, was "shocked and surprised"
when she learnt about the video clip and got onto the phone
immediately with her lawyer in Mumbai to deny any connection
with the offending clip. The source of the MMS is unknown.
The roughly six-minute-long clip is named 'Mallika(1)'.
Krishna, her advocate, sent a written complaint to police
chief A N Roy and the social security branch at the Cyber
Crime Cell of the Mumbai police in the evening seeking an
investigation. The letter to the police said, "Our client
is a reputed actress of the Hindi film industry. She learnt
from her friends that an indecent and obscene video clip in
electronic form of virtual sex is being circulated in Mumbai
police complaint said, "The video clip depicting pornography
with afictitious computer-generated image of a girl's face
similar to our client is illegal, illicit and morally repugnant
and obscene," and added that it violated Sherawat's constitutional
right to privacy, her honour, dignity and reputation.
lawyer says that the offence should be probed under Section
67 of the Information Technology Act, which could punish a
first-time offender with five years imprisonment and a Rs
1 lakh fine.
Stone tops list of ageless stars!
July 9: Basic Instinct beauty Sharon Stone has topped a new
list of ageless Hollywood stars. According to Femalefirst,
the actress beat Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and 'Four Weddings
and a Funeral' actress Andie MaccDowell to grab the top spot
in a US magazine In Touch.
magazine's editors gave Stone, 47, top marks for still looking
stunning without cosmetic surgery. The list of top ten ageless
stars: 1. Sharon Stone 2. Marisa Tomei 3. Andie Macdowell
4. Sheryl Crow 5. John Stamos 6. Will Smith 7. Kristin Davis
8. Michell Pfeiffer 9. Tom Cruise 10. Ioni Anderson.
falls in love with France!
July 9: Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles is reportedly
recording an album of Cajun music, after falling in love with
France while shooting for new movie Pink Panther there. However,
instead of recording it in a traditional French style, she
has decided to use the Cajun style developed by French settlers
in New Orleans.
really feeling the Cajun vibe. Beyonci's always looking for
new musical challenges and wants her next album to have a
whole new flavour," femalefirst quoted a source as saying.
Beyonce is hoping to release the album, which is a mix of
French and American sounds from the Deep South of the USA,
shortly after next year's Destiny's Child 'Greatest Hits'
record comes out.
JLo tipped to win 'Battle of scents'
July 9: Celebrities, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears are
all set to do battle, with the launch of their new fragrances
in September this year. While JLo is launching her fourth
scent,'Live Jennifer Lopez' after the huge success of her
previous three, Glow, Still and Miami Glow, Spears joined
the market only last year with her eau du parfum Curious,
and has decided to launch her new fragrance Fantasy.
director for Donegar Creative Services and perfume expert
David Wolfe, believes that entrepreneur J.Lo will win the
battle of the scents. "Jennifer (will win). Have you
seen MONSTER-IN-LAW? She's tough. My feeling is that this
trend is going to last as long as celebrities do - I don't
see it ending, only accelerating", Femalefirst quoted
him as saying.
Kennedy Jr rode on lust
June 28: England's rose, the late Diana, Princess of Wales,
had a passionate fling lasting all of a few hours with Johnjohn,
President Kennedy's dishy son who died in an aircrash, a new
book by Diana's 'energy healer' has claimed.
book, titled 'Diana: the Last Word', is only the latest in
attempts to milk the public's affectionate memory of the princess
eight years after her death. Royal watchers said late on Monday
that the first shaky premise of the book was its assertion
it was "the last word" on Diana. That,
it is safe to say, it will not be. The book by Simone Simmons,
says Diana and JFK Jr ended up in bed in a posh Manhattan
hotel hours after they met.
claims the fling resulted from a "moment of pure lust".
"We started talking, one thing led to another - and we
ended up in bed together. "It
was pure chemistry," Simmons claims Diana later told
her, according to the British tabloid, The Sun. Diana,
the book claims, was so taken by the scion of American political
royalty, that she had an astrological chart prepared to plot
their coming together.
the stars, Diana found to her dismay, ascribed her brief relationship
with Kennedy as compatible but not enough to be long-term.
Jr married his slim wand of a bride Carolyn Bessette a year
after the alleged affair with the mother of Britain's future
Monday, hours after an extract from the book made headlines
around the world, Diana's former butler and confidante and
self-appointed guardian of her memory Paul Burrell, described
the claims as absolute "nonsense."
who has himself milked Diana's memory dry for hefty cash payouts,
said witheringly that "Simone has thrown the eye of a
newt and bats' wings into a pot and concocted a fantastical
story of nonsense in pretty much the same vein as the mystical
rubbish she used to feed the princess."
the book, which claims the venue for the tryst was the Carlyle
Hotel in Manhattan, which President Kennedy allegedly used
for similar lovefests trysts with Marilyn Monroe, was defended
by royal-watcher and co-author Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty
magazine. Seward insisted that "Everything else Simone
has told me about Diana is absolutely true. And I've been
in this business for over 20 years. There's no reason for
it not to be (true).
doesn't have to make it up." But Burrell declared that
"none of us should believe is the untruthful, unsupported,
nonevidenced invention from Simone that the princess had an
affair with JFK Jr. This is simply untrue."
Cruise scales Eiffel to express love
Actor Tom Cruise thought of a novel way to propose to his
actress girlfriend Katie Holmes. He did so on the top of Eiffel
Tower in the romantic city of Paris. Now that Tom and Katie
are engaged the versatile actor is already talking of having
children, probably to set aside rumours that the engagement
is a stunt to promote their respective films.
who was in France to promote the Steven Spielberg film The
War of the Worlds proposed to Katie in the early morning of
June 17 at the Eiffel Tower. He announced this while speaking
to newsmen later in the day. Katie was seated in the second
row during the press conference. "Yes, I proposed to
her," he said amidst cheers and applause from the crowd
of journalists. The couple looked at each other, smiling and
blushing. Katie held her hands together in her lap, a massive
diamond ring on her finger.
was early this morning at the Eiffel Tower, so I haven't slept
at all," he said. "This is a magnificent day for
me, I'm engaged to a magnificent woman." When asked why
he chose the famed Paris landmark, he said: "I've never
been to the Eiffel Tower. It's Paris, it's a beautiful city,
and it's very romantic." Tom said no date for a wedding
has been set, "We haven't discussed that. One step at
a time," he said. "Let's see. We're not sure."
Cruise, 42, was in Paris to promote the Steven Spielberg film
War of the Worlds being released in France on July 6. He and
Katie Holmes then took a train to Marseille for a special
French premiere later in the evening. Casual in a dark T-shirt,
he chatted with journalists on the train. Marseille Mayor
Jean-Claude Gaudin also honoured Tom Cruise as an honorary
citizen of the Mediterranean port city, hours before the gala
than 1,000 people crowded around city hall to see the couple,
and traffic was blocked off. The star spent nearly an hour
shaking hands... ... and signing autographs. Fans carried
signs that read, "Welcome, Tom," and "Tom forever."
"Merci beaucoup, vive la France," Tom told the cheering
crowd, kissing his medal. "It's an extraordinary trip
for me," he said in an interview on France-2 television.
rested up for the French premiere of his movie at the Sofitel's
presidential suite, renovated last year for a visit by French
President Jacques Chirac. In Paris earlier, Tom said he was
a fan of the HG Wells science fiction book on which the film
is based, which became a best seller in 1898. "It's a
great book, it's timeless," he said.
read the book before we started working on the movie ... I
wanted to make the movie instantly," he said. The film
about an alien invasion co-stars Tim Robbins... ...and Justin
wish them the happiest marriage that anyone has ever had,"
said Dakota Fanning, the child actress who co-stars with Tom
Cruise in the film. She sat next to Katie during the news
conference. Tom and Katie have faced repeated rumors of marriage.
The relationship started after Tom split from actress Penelope
Cruz, and Katie and actor Chris Klein called off their long-standing
has also dismissed speculation by tabloid newspapers and celebrity
gossip columns that their relationship is a stunt to promote
their new movies. Katie was in London earlier this week to
promote her new film, Batman Begins. She had also dismissed
accusations that the couple had staged a relationship for
said then that she was embracing Scientology -- Tom's religion.
The former star of television's Dawson's Creek grew up with
a poster of Tom on her bedroom wall and has said she grew
up wanting to marry him.
Miss World denies plastic surgeon rebuilt her
PERU, June 23: Miss World, the Peruvian beauty queen Maria
Julia Mantilla, said on Wednesday she was considering suing
a plastic surgeon after he told the press he had given her
buttock implants and trimmed her ears.
doctor is presenting photographs that have been altered and
you can see, I've never had my ears operated on, I don't have
scars, any doctor can come and look at my ears," an indignant
Mantilla told RPP radio.
said he had built me, that he gave me buttock implants and
fixed my ears and this is false -- I'm not the creation of
a surgeon, he just did my bust and my nose," the 20-year-old
said. "So I'm considering suing."
plastic surgeon, Cesar Morillas, one of the most sought-after
in Peru, told reporters he had never claimed to be the "creator"
of Mantilla. The pair had a promotional agreement before Mantilla
was crowned Miss Peru, in which she would publicize his clinic
in exchange for operations. "But (the contract) ran out
in April and he's still using me for publicity," she
crowned in December 2004, is training to climb a 20,360 feet
(6,206 metre) Himalayan peak in July to raise money for children
Sartorial shock as school bans skirts
June 24: Girls at an English junior high school will be banned
from wearing skirts from January next year, in a move their
teachers hope will help them maintain their "modesty".
Middle School in Poole, Dorset, which announced its decision
in a newsletter to parents, said it will expect all 673 of
its pupils, aged nine to 13, to turn up for classes in full-length
order to give girls the same opportunities as boys for a safe,
active and healthy lifestyle, while maintaining their modesty,
it has been considered by our school governors that trousers
for all pupils is a practical and appropriate dress requirement,"
said headteacher (principal) Marilyn Warden.
parents were reportedly unhappy at the idea of banning skirts
-- a common uniform for schoolgirls all over Britain -- and
suspected it was being imposed because some girls have been
wearing their skirts well above the knee.
said that she would welcome parents' comments -- but pointed
out that boys have not been required to wear shorts to school
for many years. "This move," she argued, "is
meant to enhance all of our pupils' overall educational experience."
Jackson acquitted on all counts
MARIA, California, June 14: A jury acquitted Michael Jackson
on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his
Neverland ranch, vindicating the pop star who insisted he
was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor
with a vendetta.
also acquitted him of conspiring to imprison his accuser and
the boy's family at the storybook estate - a total legal victory
but one that may do little to improve his bizarre image.
verdict - reached after about 30 hours of deliberations over
seven days - ended a star-studded, four-month trial that offered
a global audience a lurid look into the weird world of Michael
Jackson and presented jurors with vastly different portraits
of him: a creepy pervert who preyed on little boys, or the
victim of a frame-up by mother-and-son shakedown artists.
sweeps IIFA Awards
June 13: Yash Chopra's Indo-Pak romance epic "Veer-Zaara"
swept the sixth IIFA awards in Amsterdam Saturday night. The
movie won the best actor, best director, best film, best music,
best story and best supporting actress awards.
Rukh Khan was the obvious choice for the best actor award,
and his win surprised few. Yash Chopra, who won in the best
director category, had last directed "Dil to Pagal Hai"
in 1997. Aditya Chopra bagged the best story award for his
father's romantic saga. Rani Mukherjee was a beaming best
actress for "Hum Tum", another Yash Chopra production.
She also won the best supporting actress award for "Veer-Zaara".
In fact, Rani has established a record of sorts by winning
double honours at almost every award function this year.
best music director award was given to the late Madan Mohan.
The late genius' son Sanjeev Kohli who re-created Madan Mohan's
tunes for the film, paid a sentimental tribute to his father,
who in spite of being a powerhouse of talent, never won a
popular award during his lifetime.
Bachchan walked away with the best supporting actor's award
for "Yuva", and John Abraham was the best villain
- for "Dhoom". The pretty Ayesha Takia was announced
as the best debutante. Surprisingly, Sammir Dattani's notable
debut has gone unacknowledged through all the popular award
ceremonies this year. The rest of the awards were no surprises,
except Akshay Kumar who was chosen for best comic role in
"Mujhse Shaadi Karogi".
is no longer skin deep: Aishwarya
June 13: Aishwarya Rai is ecstatic about being designated
the ninth most beautiful woman in the world by British magazine
Harpers & Queen and hopes people stop calling her "giggly
felt quite thrilled when my mother showed me the poll results
in Harpers & Queen. What really made me happy was the
quality and calibre of the women whom I share the list with.
"If you run through the list you'd see that beauty is
no longer skin deep. Every woman there is an achiever in every
sense. They're all women of substance, and not just from visible
professions like acting and modeling," says Ash.
Bollywood star was speaking from Amsterdam where she is attending
the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.
"I'm so happy to see filmmaker Sophia Coppola somewhere
at the top of the list. Or Charlotte Rampling who's aging
oh-so-gracefully and is so beautuful. And Uma Thurman. She
has an Indian-sounding name and is so mesmeric in her attitude
to life and profession."
said: "I think beauty has come to be defined by many
other far more profound qualities than looks and posture.
I hope people would stop holding my looks against me and labelling
me giggly and frivolous. The giggle, as I've said to you before,
is my defence mechanism, and not a sign of intellectual scarcity.
what about being ninth on the list? "What about it?"
Ash counters. "I don't think the list is a numbers game.
Every woman who is named in that list is equally beautiful.
Yeah, I'm so happy for Angelina Jolie who's at no.1. I think
she's so gorgeous and so real. She's a student of yoga and
she works for the UN. She's a complete personality, and illustrates
what feminine beauty means in the new millennium."
Ash: "Everyone on that list is an achiever. And, yeah,
I've begun to think I've done a little to get into the list."
was wild, marriage changed me: Madonna
is confession time for pop star Madonna. Though she has never
hidden her wild ways from the media or her fans, the singer
in an interview to a women's magazine talks candidly about
her reformed wild ways, the poison of television and the struggle
of balancing a successful marriage with motherhood.
can assure you, five years ago,there's no way I would have
said, 'I'm going to write kids' books and give all the money
to charity," the singer said. "I
never thought I'd be doing that, but I like the idea people
can change, and that everybody has to go through a painful
process before they can realise they're idiots."
her former wild escapades, Madonna admits, "Sometimes
now, I sit back and say, 'What was I thinking before I was
thinking?' There were times I really had an altruistic goal
and wanted to help people. And then other times I just wanted
to show off. Let's just call a spade a spade. I knew I could
get people to pay attention to me."
interview comes close on the heels of the release of Madonna's
latest children's book Lotsa De Casha, for which there was
a special reading organised for the children.
plans 200-250 new screens across India
June 11: Multiplex chain PVR plans to set up 200-250 new cinema
screens in its theatres across India within the next two years.
"We plan to set up 200-250 screens across the country
in the next 24 months. I foresee a 100-120 per cent annual
growth in this sector," according to Ajay Bijli, head
of multiplex chain PVR, who was here to attend the Global
appetite for films still needs to be tapped. We are now moving
away from the metros and focussing on the smaller cities,"
he said. Beginning commercial operations in June 1997 with
the launch of the PVR Anupam multiplex in New Delhi, the company
went on to command a significant presence in the major metros
and is now targetting smaller towns.
cinema is the USP of the country, just like the Taj Mahal
and we need to showcase it abroad," Bijli said when asked
how the Global Business Forum would help the entertainment
Jolie attacks TV show host!
June 8: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has reportedly attacked
TV show host Ann Curry for showing viewers a copy of US Weekly
magazine, which featured her Kenyan beach stroll with Brad
Pitt and son Maddox.
bought it, you're holding it... The fact is its part of your
programme. It's something that we're talking about still,"
Contactmusic quoted Jolie as saying. The actress, who has
put a ban on reporters asking her about her alleged romance
with Pitt, was upset to see her photograph on the show.
continued to insist that her Kenyan holiday meant a lot to
her. "That day needs to forever be a day that I made
a sandcastle with my son," she said.
Jolie voted world's most beautiful woman; Aishwarya 9th!
June 7: Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has topped the list
of the world's 100 most beautiful women. Supermodel Christy
Turlington came second followed by Queen Rania of Jordan and
film director Sophia Coppola. Indian Bollywood actress Aishwarya
Rai has been voted the ninth most beautiful woman.
to Fox News, the Harpers and Queen magazine list was compiled
by 1,000 experts from the worlds of fashion, arts and the
The top 25 most beautiful women according to Harpers and Queen
are: Angelina Jolie, Christy Turlington, Rania of Jordan,
Sofia Coppola, Nigella Lawson, Uma Thurman, Emmanuelle Beart,
Kate Moss, Aishwarya Rai, Charlotte of Monaco, Charlotte Rampling,
Beyonce Knowles, Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Ziyi
Zhang, Sophie Dahl, Natalie Portman, Liv Tyler, Gisele Bundchen,
Jennifer Connelly, Natalia Vodianova, Dita Von Teese, Julie
Christie, Margherita Missoni and Gwen Stefan.
however, insists that such comments don't bother her and that
she is interested only in doing good work. "It doesn't
affect me. I would tell them to enjoy criticising me,"
calendar bags award in London
The Kingfisher Premium Beer Swimsuit Special Calendar 2005
has bagged the prestigious 7th International Food & Beverage
Creative Excellence Awards 2005 announced in London.
Mallya, chairman of United Breweries that makes Kingfisher
beer, and photographer Atul Kasbekar, who clicked the photos
for the calender, HAVE received the award given in the Below
the Line Promotions category.
popularity of the Kingfisher calendar has increased by leaps
and bounds since we introduced it. Winning the FAB Awards
in London for photography is certainly a great honour especially
because we are the only Indian company to win it," Mallya
said. The awards attracted nearly 2,500 pieces of work from
over 60 countries, covering TV, posters, press, radio, below
the line work, integrated campaigns, packaging and new media.
sends fiancé and son on sex trip!
June 7: Singer and TV presenter Coleen Nolan, has arranged
for her son, Shane Jr, as well as her fiancé, Ray Fensome,
to have sex with prostitutes. 40-year old Coleen made the
shocking arrangement for her son as a reward for passing his
GCS examination. She even admitted that she had no qualms
about sending Ray on a sex trip to Amsterdam as long as he
told her all the intimate details.
said, 'Ray will have to go with you' and he said, 'Well then,
Ray might sleep with a prostitute too'," she told ITV1's
Loose Women show. "I said, 'Oh, that's all right, it's
only a prostitute'. I wouldn't throw away the father of my
children and all that for the sake of lads being lads",
she was quoted by The Mirror, as saying.
to her co-presenters, Coleen who is also a mother to Jack,
aged 13 and Circa, aged 4 even acknowledged that she was a
little bit kinky. "As long as he comes back and tells
me about it. I'm not joking, I'd love it. There's something
a little bit kinky about me."
Spears loves life as a pregnant woman
YORK, June 2: Britney Spears is loving life as a pregnant
woman - the cravings, watching sonograms and especially the
sex. "I think it's better than it was before," Spears
tells People magazine in the issue on newsstands Friday. "I
think it's best. Sex is crazy good."
23-year-old pop star, who's due this fall, says that she's
been battling "horrible" morning sickness and been
dealing with the hormone swings that have caused her to lose
her temper, "like twice." But otherwise, Spears
says she's in "nesting mode" and finds being pregnant
think it brings out a pure side of you," she says. After
first seeing a sonogram of her baby, Spears was speechless.
"You can't really say anything. I was emotional. I think
it's the best feeling in the world."
says that she hasn't yet tried to find out whether it's a
boy or a girl - but doesn't expect it to be her last, regardless.
She ultimately wants three children and doesn't plan to return
to her day job soon. "I'm sure there's going to come
a time when I get back to work again, but it'll be a totally
different way of life than it was before," she says.
and her husband, Kevin Federline, are also currently starring
in their reality show on UPN, "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic."
The six-episode series features pre-pregnancy home videos
of the couple's dating, engagement and wedding. "It's
so different for me, doing something like this," said
Spears of the show. "My friends think it's cool."
Janet had a steamy affair
June 2: Janet Jackson had reportedly enjoyed a steamy affair
with Justin Timberlake, reports celebrity portal Femalefirst.
The singer, now dating record producer Jermaine Dupri, allegedly
romanced Justin - 15 years her junior - before their infamous
Super Bowl performance last year during which Jackson had
accidentally bared her breast.
Cassavettes, director of Justin's new movie "Alpha Dog",
was quoted by Britain's Daily Star newspaper as saying that
Justin, who is currently dating actress Cameron Diaz, had
turned down the Super Bowl show three times but only relented
because he once had a romance with Janet.
Hilton engaged to shipping heir
ANGELES, June 1: Who says opposites attract? Hotel
heiress Paris Hilton, star of "The Simple Life"
reality show, is engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris
Latsis, her spokesman said Monday.
are happy and excited," said Rob Shuter, confirming
the story first reported on People magazine's Web
27, proposed to Hilton, 24, on Wednesday after she
returned from a three-week publicity tour in Europe
to promote her horror flick, "House of Wax,"
and her new fragrance. No
wedding date has been set. It would be the first marriage
is a grandson of John Latsis, the last of Greece's
shipping billionaires from the postwar boom years,
who died in 2003 at 93. In March, Forbes magazine's
ranking of the world's richest people listed the Latsis
family at No. 54 with a combined wealth of $7.5 billion.
so in love and grateful to have found such an honest
and loyal person," Hilton told Us Weekly. "I
feel like we were meant to be, and I'm happy to have
found someone to spend the rest of my life with."
magazine quoted Latsis as calling Hilton "the
most beautiful woman I've ever met. I feel like the
luckiest man in the world."
couple, who have been dating for about eight months,
marked the engagement Saturday with a barbecue for
75 friends and family at their Hollywood Hills home,
is also currently appearing in a new Carl's Jr. ad.
The spot, which shows Hilton frolicking with a water
hose, last week drew the ire of media watchdog group
Parents Television Council.
lets friends rape his bride
June 1: Three men gang-raped a newly married woman
with the consent of her in-laws in what police described
as an act of revenge
The incident occurred in Dera Ghazi Khan town in
to Ghulam Hussain, the father of the victim Kaneez
Kubra, his daughter was married to Mujahid Hussain
on April 28. This
was ordered by a panchayat (local jury) as Kaneez's
brother Abdul Majid had sexual relations with Mujahid's
the wedding, Kaneez Kubra went to the groom's home.
Her husband stayed with her in their room till 11
pm and then left, Daily Times reported Monday. Mujahid's
grandfather Shahroo Khan and his mother Mukhtar then
came in and told the bride that the wedding was just
an excuse to exact revenge on Majid for outraging
Hussain then called in three friends - Muhammad Rafiq,
Shabbir Muhammad and Abdul Majid Almani - who gang-raped
the bride. The next day, Mujahid Hussain took her
to the house of his friend Ghulam Mustafa, who also
assaulted her. On April 30, when Ghulam Hussain and
other relatives arrived to take Kaneez. back as per
tradition, she related the story to her father.
Ghulam Hussain approached the police, they refused
to register a case against the groom and his friends.
He then approached the higher authorities, who ordered
that a case be registered.
have registered a case against seven people - (groom)
Mujahid Hussain, his friends Muhammad Rafiq, Shabbir
Muhammad, Abdul Majid Almani and Ghulam Mustafa, his
grandfather Shahroo Khan, and mother Mukhtar Mai,"
Dera Ghazi Khan district police officer Salman Chaudhry
told Daily Times. All
the accused left the area and went into hiding after
the cases were registered, Chaudhry added.
wives, 25 kids and going strong
June 1: Africa's 36-year-old, last absolute monarch
King Mswati III of Swaziland, has married a lecturer's
daughter Noliqwa Ntentesa in a secret ceremony, making
her his 11th wife. 21-year-old Noliqwa is pregnant
with his 25th child, and under Swazi tradition a King
can only marry a woman after she becomes pregnant.
King also plans to make two 17-year-old women as his
12th and 13th wives, and one of them is also pregnant,
reports The Mirror.
Mswati is often accused for living in lavish palaces
and having a luxurious lifestyle where more than one
million of the people living in his kingdom suffer
from poverty and misery. However,
the monarch is yet to reach the mark made by his father,
King Sobhuza II, who had 70 wives when he died in
wins Miss Universe 2005
May 31: Blue-eyed Canadian brunette Natalie Glebova
was on Tuesday crowned Miss Universe 2005 in the Thai
capital in the 54th annual pageant. The model and
motivational speaker from Toronto was chosen from
five finalists -- the four others from Latin America
-- who were selected to answer random questions onstage
in the final round of the competition.
12-judge panel chose beauties from Mexico, Puerto
Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Canada
for the final round. Glebova, 23, was picked over
runner-up Cynthia Olavarria of Puerto Rico after answering
a final question about what she considered the biggest
challenge of her life. "I always try to maintain
a positive outlook on life," she said, adding
that remaining optimistic was most challenging.
judges narrowed the field of 81 contestants, including
Amrita Thapar from India, to 15, then 10 during the
competition as the Miss Universe hopefuls modelled
evening gowns and swimsuits.
last year's title winner, Jennifer Hawkins of Australia,
described her achievement as a fairy tale-like experience.
But she said her later work publicizing humanitarian
projects underscored the real-world responsibilities
that come with the crown.
hopes that hosting the pageant will boost the country's
tourism sector, which was badly hurt by last December's
tsunami. It estimates that the event and related activities
will generate more than 2.1 billion baht (US$54.6
million; euro41.6 million) of revenue. "I hope
that the Miss Universe contest will help encourage
tourists back to the tsunami-hit areas because arrivals
are very low and hotel room occupancy (rates) are
less than 15 percent,'' said Vijit Naranong, president
of the Thai Tourist Association's southern chapter.
in the Miss Universe pageant arrived in Thailand about
three weeks ago and have since visited tsunami-struck
areas along the southern coast and historic Buddhist
temples around BangkokPhotos of bikini-clad contestants
posing near a revered temple stirred up a controversy
in the predominantly Buddhist country. The images
showed the contestants aboard a boat on Bangkok's
Chao Phraya river with Wat Arun, the famous Temple
of the Dawn, in the background.
the Thai government complained about the images two
weeks ago, organizers promised to remove them from
the pageant's Web site and pull them from video footage
to be broadcast during Tuesday's competition.
contestants also have driven the country's famous
three-wheeled motorcycle taxis, called tuk-tuks, and
ridden atop elephants -- Thailand's national symbols.
waves rock the land of Thailand
May 31: Beauty watchers around the globe are gearing
up for Tuesday's glamour-infused Miss Universe finale
in Bangkok where one of 81 women will be crowned after
a flurry of events highlighting Asia's post-tsunami
the D-Day arriving one elated young woman replaces Australia's
Jennifer Hawkins as the new Miss Universe, odds makers
have the Latin Americans and Caribbeans as favourites
to wear the crown. Topping the list are Miss Puerto
Rico Cynthia Olavarria, Renata Sone of Dominican Republic,
Canada's Natalie Glebova and Miss Venezuela Monica Spear.
US-run competition is being held in Thailand five months
after giant waves decimated coastlines around the Indian
Ocean and killed more than 217,000 people. About 5,400
died in Thailand, half of them foreign holidaymakers,
and more than 2,800 are missing. As part of a hectic
three-week schedule here contestants showcased the country's
recovery from the tsunami in an effort to convince tourists
it is safe to return to the Land of Smiles.
beauty queens traveled to the tourist islands of Phuket
and Phi Phi, visited a hospital which treated tsunami
victims, and inspected a new disaster warning system
on a Phuket beach.
of the trip will be aired during Tuesday's show. The
Thai government said it paid some $6.5 million for rights
to host the pageant, which one organiser described as
"a two-hour promotional vehicle for Thailand."
kingdom has seen its massive tourism industry crumble
in the wake of the December 26 disaster and authorities
have made no secret of their hopes that the pageant
will help reverse their fortunes. "Everyone here
wholly appreciates that the pageant is being held in
Asia," Paula Shugart, president of Miss Universe
the 54th pageant to be broadcast live during prime time
to the United States and many of the 170 other markets
airing the show, those vying for the tiara will be forced
to look their best at an unseemly hour, taking the stage
in glamorous evening gowns as early as 8 am Thai time.
signs that the taste for pageants is waning in the United
States and Europe, the show's executive producer Phil
Gurin said organizers were intent on infusing a greater
sense of haute couture and grandeur into the spectacle.
celebrating 81 of the most beautiful women in the world,
and we've worked hard to eliminate the 'cheese' factor
and replace it with high fashion glamour," Gurin
Bollywood actresses in sex scandals
DELHI, May 30: Investigations into the escapades of
Delhi's super pimp Kanwaljeet threaten to prise open
- if not fully unravel - the seamier side of the country's
glamour industry. At least three Bollywood actresses
and several models are under the Delhi Police scanner
for their alleged involvement in Kanwaljeet's sex empire,
which apparently spanned several countries.
had named these actresses immediately after his arrest
last month, but at that time there was no material to
establish his claims. Investigations into Kanwaljeet's
diaries and telephone records, however, suggest that
his statements might not be mere kite-flying.
to sources in the police, one of these actresses - who
recently made her debut in Bollywood - visited Singapore
and Bangkok several times last year allegedly to entertain
each trip, she was reportedly paid Rs 3 lakh.
actress who was apparently "registered" with
Kanwaljeet comes from a family of starlets. The third
actress has been around only for the last two years
and all the films featuring her have bombed at the box
office. These two actresses reportedly charged Rs 1-2
lakh per outing.
has taken other names. Some of them are well established
actresses. But we can't say with certainty whether they
were involved in the sex racket," said a senior
police official. The
official, however, said Kanwaljeet was yet to give a
written statement about the involvement of these stars.
there's a camera in my skirt
KONG, May 26: A Hong Kong man was arrested after he
was found using his high-tech pinhole camera installed
on the surface of his shoe in an attempt to peep under
the skirt of a young woman, police said on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old man, surnamed Yeung, went up to the
woman in a shop and stood close behind her before putting
his right foot between hers, police said.
was caught in the act by the victim's suspicious husband,
who apprehended him when he attempted to flee the scene.
was later discovered that the surface of Yeung's black
trainer was equipped with a pinhole camera linked with
electrical wire inside his trousers all the way up to
the bag he was carrying, police said.
Apple Daily newspaper said the wire was connected to
a handheld video camera in his bag. Yeung managed to
destroy the tape with the images of the victim before
police arrived, it said.
Hilton too hot
international erotic fair to be held in Belgrade
May 21: The first ever erotic fair will be organized
in Belgrade next weekend with the participation of international
pin-up stars led by Playboy bunny Dita Von Teese, according
to an official. More than thirty movie distributors,
erotic magazines, sex-shops and lingerie designers will
take part in a three-day long fair, to be opened on
May 26, Andjelko Tripkovic, manager of the Belgrade
fair, told reporters on Friday.
decision to organize such fair came after a survey conducted
in January, which has showed that a majority of those
questioned backed the idea, Trpkovic added.
event was also supported by three Hungarian agencies
-- X-clusive, Model and Bella model -- whose stripteasers
will entertain the public, as well as the Serbian edition
of Playboy. Hungary, which borders Serbia in the north,
has become an important player in the international
erotic and sex industry.
College girl proves that sex
(New Jersey), May 22: A 21-year-old college business
major living in this northern New Jersey community has
proven a basic lesson of marketing: Sex sells. Courtney
Van Dunk posted a bikini-clad picture of herself on
eBay about two weeks ago, auctioning off space on her
body for advertisers.
auction ended on Thirsday with a winning bid from a
New Jersey wine retailer offering $11,300 for a month's
worth of advertising. Van Dunk, though, says the offer
has been retracted, but she's confident she's made contacts
with enough companies to still earn some cash.
she finds a buyer, Van Dunk plans to place temporary
tattoos on her abdomen while she's at the beach, or
on other body parts when she's at the mall, sporting
events, amusement parks and other public places. Her
butt and chest are off limits. "I got the idea
from a marketing class I had that did a short segment
on body advertising," Van Dunk said. "I was
wondering how advertising could get through to our TV-savvy
generation, and I thought this would be an excellent
way to do it."
Dunk says the first round of bidding drew inquiries
from as far away as Zambia. The Web site halted that
auction because she had links to other sites promoting
her efforts, so Van Dunk then held a second auction,
which lasted seven days. Van Dunk credits moderate exercise
and healthy eating for the fit figure that has earned
worldwide interest. "We never ate a lot of fast
food or greasy things growing up. My mom is an excellent
sex tale bombs on TV
Singer Britney Spears put her private life on show,
including the love story with her current husband, in
the first part of the documentary Chaotic broadcast
late Tuesday on UPN cable television channel.
50-minute film, often shot with a hand-held camera by
Britney herself, raises the curtain on the pop star's
daily life while on tour in Britain, including her make-up
and warm-up sessions and excerpts of the show itself.
between the images of her work-filled routine, filmed
before she met her husband, the loneliness shows through.
"Do you believe in marriage and engagement?"
she asks her hairdresser, make-up artist, bodyguard
and driver.With no great hits and chartbusters to her
Spears hasn't stopped hogging the limelight and leaves
no opportunity that comes her way to hog the limelight.
she's not getting sued for possibly singing someone
else's song, she's getting ready to produce and star
in a terrible-sounding film.
now, to add to all the madness, Tuesday saw the premier
of her reality television show, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic...,
who has had no hits in the past year. MSNBC
says "it makes Survivor look like cinema verite",
and report that Britney only ever talks about sex, all
the time, like a filthy man in a raincoat on a park
Today reveals that the opening shot of the show was
a close-up of Britney's knees. "They look like
boobs, but they're not. They're my knees", Britney
points out, finally putting an end to the age old 'are
they boobs or knees?' debate.
critic from The Washington Post notes the profound philosophy
of Kevin Federline when asked about love. "Love
is love", he tells us. There's a chance he went
on to declare "a pen is a pen" and... ...
"a lapdancer is a lapdancer". The
Boston Globe called it "a tedious public exercise
in self-importance" and show a small amount of
pity for Felicia, Britney's assistant/servant/performing
there are people who do believe that the show would
be panned even if it featured tap-dancing elephants
and an appearance from Zombie Princess Diana. When
one of them puts the same question to her, Britney answers:
"I don't believe in marriage. You know, I was married,"
referring to her wedding in Las Vegas to her childhood
friend Jason Alexander last January. It lasted a mere
55 minutes before it was annulled.
says she is looking for "someone kinda sweet and
nice and that loves me a lot." But
there's also the argument that watching a young woman
pushing a video camera inches from her own face and
talking self-absorbed claptrap doesn't actually constitute
we said, we have no clue about chaos that has romped
the television, but we would like to know more about
it from the people who have seen it.
princess Kylie diagnosed with breast cancer
May 19: Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed
with breast cancer and will undergo immediate treatment,
her management said on Tuesday, announcing the postponement
of her Asian and Australian tours.
36-year-old singer, who once auctioned one of her bras
to promote breast cancer awareness, flew into Australia
last week to spend time with her family before the start
of the Australian leg of her Showgirl tour.
who first found fame in the 1980s in the soap opera Neighbours
before launching a pop career which has seen her sell
an estimated 40 million records, apologised to fans for
the postponement of the shows but said she hoped to be
back performing soon. "I
was so looking forward to bringing the Showgirl tour to
Australian audiences, and am sorry to have to disappoint
my fans," she said in a statement issued by the Frontier
hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with
you all again soon." Minogue
was said to have been diagnosed with early stage breast
cancer while at home with her family in Melbourne this
a pretty fit girl and a strong girl, and hopefully it
(the cancer) is pretty early," her promoter Michael
Gudinski told a press conference.
said Minogue had a "tough few weeks ahead of her"
but had the support of all Australians. "The
one thing I know about Kylie is, she's a fighter, and
we're all thinking very, very positively and can't wait
for the day she is smiling and back in action."
Leung, a Hong Kong-based spokesman for Minogue's record
company EMI, said shows in Singapore, Bangkok and Hong
Kong would also be cancelled. She
has just finished a long European tour and was scheduled
to headline the prestigious Glastonbury music festival
in southwest England in late June.
Minogue in Melbourne is her French boyfriend, film star
Olivier Martinez. Her sister and fellow pop star Dannii
was also expected to fly home from London. Minogue, who
turns 37 next week, rose to fame in Australia and Britain
in the 1980s playing a girl-next-door role in Neighbours
but found spectacular success in a pop career launched
has since scored more than three dozen hit singles worldwide,
including over 20 top 10 hits and seven number ones over
three decades in Britain, as well as nine top-selling
the process she transformed herself from a gawky teenager
with frizzed hair to a svelte sex symbol with a penchant
for raunchy videos, appearing as cover girl on dozens
of glossy magazines and even launching her own lingerie
first major hit was a cover of Little Eva's 1960s hit
"Do The Locomotion" in the early 1980s. After
a lower profile 1990s, her career was given a boost when
the disco-influenced "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
topped the charts worldwide in 2001. Her
sometimes turbulent love life has also been popular tabloid
fodder, notably her relationships with late INXS frontman
Michael Hutchence, Neighbours star Jason Donovan and current
Hollywood heart throb Martinez.
has been a promoter of breast cancer awareness and in
2002 one of her bras sold for 6,880 dollars (5,685 US
dollars) at an auction to raise money for research into
the illness. Commentators
have said that Minogue was prompted to campaign against
the disease once her childhood idol, Olivia Newton-John,
was diagnosed with the illness.
is very much like Olivia Newton-John. Olivia has had breast
cancer and dealt with it," music journalist Molly
Meldrum told Sky News. In
2002 Minogue's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
who initially viewed Minogue's pop career with scepticism,
have grown to respect the ever-changing icon. More than
290,000 people flocked to a three-month exhibition of
her outfits, including gold lame hotpants, in Melbourne
of people registered their sadness on the star's official
website after hearing news of her illness. "I
don't know how to accurately describe how I am feeling
right now. SHOCK is the best word that comes to mind,"
wrote Matt from Queensland.
marriage on the rocks?
DELHI, May 18: Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor's marriage
to Delhi-based industrialist Sanjay Kapur is on the rocks,
according to media reports. The actress, who had moved
to Mumbai for childbirth, had been living in Delhi with
her husband post marriage.
reports say that the actress has no intentions of reconciling
with her husband. She had been very unhappy with Sanjay
for the last six months and didn't want to share her life
with him anymore. A close friend confided the couple had
been in a tumultuous married life for sometime.
approached, neither the actress nor her family were ready
to speak about it. Before her marriage to Sanjay Kapur,
Karisma was engaged to Abhishek Bachchan.
Mallika dazzles at Cannes Film
May 18: Mallika Sherawat charmed one and all when she
appeared at a packed press conference in Cannes, alongside
Jackie Chan, the producer and star of her debut international
movie, The Myth. She wore a low-cut golden dress and posed
with Chan for the photocall, minutes before the press
wore enough jewellery in keeping with her status as an "Indian
princess". She said she plans to wear some thing "outrageously
sexy" for the Cannes party. Sherawat began by graciously
commenting: "I would like to thank Jackie Chan and
Stanley Tong for giving me this opportunity to star in this
film. It's a very big break for me. Bollywood will always
be very important (for me) because that's my bread and butter.
But the whole world is becoming global now."
Sherawat shone and sparkled, her co-actress, Kim Hee Seon,
a Korean, was equally elegant and exquisitely beautiful.
Also present in the conference were The Myth 's director,
Stanley Tony, and the actor, Tony Leung Ka Fai. Chan explained
that although he was keen to collaborate with Bollywood
- and if he ever made a film himself he would go into partnership
with India - the Indian involvement in The Myth was for
him "a coincidence".
said that "India and China coming together" also
appealed to her. She
added, "It's a great opportunity for me to be working
with a superstar like Jackie Chan (and also with) Stanley
Tong. It's a role to die for. (For me) it's a great debut
postcard from Cannes
May 19: As I board my plane to unexplored anthropological
territory - there aren't enough documentaries on TV on the
French - I'm experiencing simultaneous feelings of trepidation,
anticipation and exhilaration.
what does all this mean to me? Cannes is not only the oldest
film festival in the world, having started in 1939, but
is, and has been for quite some time, the most famous. I
remember Clint Eastwood saying, "There's nothing else
quite like it" and I can't wait.
is where Brigitte Bardot strutted around in that famous,
flowery two-piece bikini on the Croisette in 1953, and where
Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1955, and where
they got married the following year, continuing the tradition
started by Rita Hayworth in 1949, when she married Aly Khan,
the flamboyant son of The Aga Khan.
think back to Madonna's outrageous appearance in her conical
bra in 1991, and Coppola, Polanski, Almodovar and the Coen
Brothers walking up to receive their Palme d'Ors, and slowly
the magnitude of this grand festival and the significance
of the hallowed turf I'll be walking on sinks in.
be staying at the Hotel Martinez, where Dustin Hoffman stayed
while he was here (maybe the same room?) and sharing space
with Robert Rodriguez, John Woo, Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis
and most of all Jackie Chan!
is a place where art and commerce clash and embrace. Where
auteurs and moviestars walk shoulder to shoulder and I thank
heavens I'm here as Jackie Chan's leading lady. Jackie
Chan, a true original - as artistically gifted as Buster
Keaton or Charlie Chaplin and as commercially popular as
Code: Sex, orgy & stubbies
May 14: Having sex with 17 people in as many days, downing
a case of beer in 24 hours and making out with a student
of the same sex are just a few of the escapades many Norwegian
high school students get up to each May in a well-established
year, some 30,000 teens about to graduate from high school
take part in massive celebrations that go on unabated from
May 1 until they culminate in a huge blow-out on Norway's
national holiday on May 17.
festivities have the same feel of liberation as a carnival
in a Mediterranean country: you take a break from everyday
existence, you put on a mask and you do everything that
is off-limits the rest of the year," anthropologist
and author of a thesis on the subject Allan Sande said.
by the red or blue uniforms that indicate what high school
they attend, the "russ", as these near-graduates
are called, attempt to carry out a number of feats to earn
small "trophies" tied to the tassel and the brim
of their caps.
awake for 72 consecutive hours earns you a black ribbon
tied to the tassel, taking a dip in an icy fjord before
May 1 earns you an ice cream stick, having sex in a tree
earns you a twig, while abstaining from sex for the entire
17-day period earns you a safety-pin.
is true that some of the challenges are 'border line' but
we have toned down a number of the rules this year due to
health reasons," Oslo's russ president Anette Sophie
Fuglesang said. "Earlier,
one had to drink a case of beer in six hours instead of
the 24 today" to earn the right to a beer cap, she
pointed out in a cracking, whiskey voice. And
all references to sex are now accompanied with a recommendation
to use a condom," she added.
word 'russ' comes from the Latin 'Cornua Depositurus', or
removing the horn, which refers to an ancient tradition
in which a censor removed a horn that had been attached
to a student's forehead to indicate that he had passed his
entrance exam to university.
the huge amounts of alcohol consumed by the high school
students who have just reached the legal drinking age of
18, it is also ironic that "russ" phonetically
resembles "rus", the Norwegian word for "intoxication".
many russ, the celebrations throughout the month of May
serve as an initiation rite marking their first foray into
sexual relations and heavy drinking.
sometimes has a tragic outcome. Over
recent years, a number of youths have died of meningitis,
which spreads rapidly among the russ indulging in intimate
relations and beer-sharing.
are also numerous car accidents as the students drive from
party to party, and a number of girls are raped each year
by other students or by men who gravitate to the huge gatherings
of young and intoxicated russ.
the festivities often get out of hand, the money some students
spend on the celebrations, and especially on transportation
to and from the parties, can be even more shocking.
russ get together in small groups and invest in red or blue-painted
vans or busses that they equip with huge loudspeakers and
loud, melodious horns to keep the party rocking and neighbors
awake all night.
year, 28 high school students from the upscale Baerum suburbs
near Oslo spent a whopping 800,000 kroner (127,000 dollars,
99,000 euros) on buying and outfitting their "russebuss".
the wild parties and crazy pranks are hotly debated in Norway
each year, many feel that the most disturbing element of
the celebrations is that they take place as the students
are writing their final exams.
celebrate an official Orgasm Day!
DE JANEIRO, May 10: Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's
conservative Northeast - until a small town has declared an
official Orgasm Day.
Espertantina Mayor Felipe Santolia endorsed the holiday on
Monday, which he said was intended to improve relationships
between married couples.
celebrating orgasm in all its senses. There's even a panel
discussion on premature ejaculation. But from what I've seen,
women have more trouble achieving orgasm than men, especially
in marriage," Santolia said by telephone from Esperantina,
2,100 km north of Rio de Janeiro. Santolia said the remote
town of 38,000 people has been unofficially celebrating orgasm
day for years, but that the town's former mayor had vetoed
a bill making it an official municipal holiday.
city council passed a law Saturday creating the holiday. "I'm
32, single and I have an open mind. Beside the theme is very
much of the moment," he said. Orgasm Day celebrations
include a series of panel discussions by sexologists from
across Brazil and a presentation of Eve Ensler's play 'The
said the idea of celebrating Orgasm Day at first created a
scandal in this poor region, known for its religious fervour.
But he said residents gradually warmed to the idea. "I've
seen scientific studies that show when a woman is unloved,
when her husband can bring her to orgasm, it affects all aspects
of her life, her relationships with her children, at home,
with the city and at work," Santolia said.
A business-like fashion statement
DELHI: The recent sixth Lakme India Fashion Week in the Capital
was a grand success as displayed style with business maturity.
It showcased creativity and competence of the Indian designer
fraternity and prepared them for massive growth at home and
readied them to debut on the world stage.
designer Raghayendra Rathore said: "This has been the
most mature fashion week. We have finally grown up to the
fact that this is primarily a business event and that should
never be diluted." For years, fashion weeks in India
have been a melee of glamour and partying where Page Three
and celebrity antics overshadowed trade moves in the $50-60
this time it was a different story. Elisabeth Pedersen, designer
room (women's wear) buyer for London's Selfridges, said "the
fashion week was very well organised and it was fairly buyer-friendly.
It was all very well coordinated. It helps that everything
was under one roof, at one venue, unlike in London where you
rush from place to place. There was a sense of business-like
Vinay Jha, head of the apex Fashion Design Council of India
(FDCI) that organised the fashion week, said "none of
the designers had time for anything but business this year."
Rathi hopes this purposefulness would drive the industry to
around $225 million in the next 10 years.
is also this seriousness that has helped designers like Anamika
Khanna pre-sell their collection to Harrods. "There is
great dynamism in the market," said Khanna. "People
are look every carefully at us."
is certainly no dearth of demand. "I came back to the
fashion week this year looking for genuine spark," said
Michael Fink, senior fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue.
"We believe that India has something that no other country
does and if it uses its wealth of textiles and heritage in
the right way, it can make an enormous difference. Many designers
here know their customer and their collections are very focused."
international designers and top retail outlets, an indication
that the global fashion industry is keeping a close watch
on its Indian counterpart attended the fashion week. The presence
of outlets like Selfridges, Harrods and internationally reputed
designers will shape the opinions on Indian fashion Industry
was new at the sixth edition of the biggest fashion trade
event? Says Rathi: For the first time the even saw maximum
participation from fashion designers - 63 designers up from
57 last year. "We also showcased four accessory designers
in the designer stalls to broad base the platform for other
stakeholders in the industry. The number of shows increased
from 35 to 39 this year to provide an opportunity for more
talent that our country is brimming with."
on the show, Anil Chopra, Vice President, Lakme Lever, said
"we at Lakme believe that beauty and fashion are two
sides of the same coin. Through Lakme's association with India's
biggest fashion even for the sixth year in a succession, Lakme
has displayed a deep-rooted commitment towards development
of the beauty and fashion industry." At
LIFW, said Anil Chopra, "Lakme aims to provide the consumer
a holistic beauty experience, which is fusion of beauty, style
popularity of the event showed that the clamour for designer
brands is growing in the country. By 2006-07, around 50 million
sq ft of retail space would be up for grabs across the country
- more than half of this is expected to be filled by fashion
and lifestyle goods, which are the fastest moving in the segment.
The fashion segment has a potential of drawing Rs 200 billion
($4.5 billion) in retail sales in coming years.
of the top designers who participated in the event include
Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, Rocky S, Suneet Varma, Satya Paul,
Manish Arora, Varun Bahl, Raghavendra Rathore, JJ Valaya,
Tarun Tahiliani, Manju Bobby Grover and Rohit Bal.
show predicted laughing yellows, delicious greens and glistening
browns as the colours of summer. The theme of the show was
Peppermint. Speaking on the theme for the show, Chopra said,
"Peppermint is perfect for the summer because it's fresh
and cool and leaves a spicy taste in your mouth!" The
show was a smashing success and ended the week on a spicy
a stylish splash
DLEHI, May 6: Don't even think of heading to the pool without
checking out swimwear options available in the city. The
market is flooded with colourful bikinis, three pieces (with
a detachable mini skirt), tankinis and two pieces with shorts.
Traditional one piece swim suits in halter variations, cross
backs in citrus and florescent colours and psychedelic patterns
are in too. Mercifully, swimsuit frocks are so yesterday.
(M-Block Greater Kailash I) has a range of bikinis and one-piece
swimsuits in prints and prices starting from Rs 475 (for
one piece swimsuits) to Rs 1850 (for three piece sets that
come with a detachable mini skirt). "G-strings (Rs
550 to Rs 1100) and halter bikini tops with bikini panties
(starting at Rs 995) are the flavour of the season,"
says Amit Pugalia, manager operations, Kunchals. Coordinated
sarongs are also hot sellers. Ditto for swimsuits in shimmering
(Sarojini Nagar) has amongst the most competitive swimwear
prices. "People are opting for a more glamorous look
unlike the sporty look that was in last year," says
Dheeraj Narang, the owner. Here. three piece swimsuits are
priced between Rs 325 to Rs 450, while other swimsuits are
tagged between Rs 325 and Rs 395.
Sports/ Speedo (stores across the city) has a range from
bikinis, traditional swimsuits to matching slippers and
swimwear for professionals and amateurs. "However,
70 per cent of our customers opt for traditional swimwear,"
says Swaraj Salwan, brand manager, Planet Sports. The Speedo
range is priced between Rs 650 and Rs 5000. Bikinis cost
Rs 999. The store also stocks men's trunks (Rs 649 to Rs
(stores across the city) has a new range of swimwear made
of a blend of nylon and charmuac (a soft, flowing, light
weight fabric with a shiny satin like sheen) that makes
the garment chlorine resistant and quick to dry. "Traditional
swimsuits are increasingly giving way to two pieces and
people are looking at a combination that is both sporty
and glamorous and gives them comfort and style. "We
have more solid and fluorescent colours and both are doing
well," says Himanshu Bhardawaj, General Manager, Marketing,
Reebok India. Options in the range between Rs 1399 and Rs
2499 include halter bikinis, boy shorts and halter uppers.
Men's trunks are priced from Rs 899 to Rs 999.
makings of a classic smooch
feel good? Just pucker up and plant a big fat kiss on someone
you love. Apparently, nothing works better for your selfesteem
than a good smackeroo.
kiss signals our brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone that
makes you feel good. But while doctors world-over powwow the
benefits of kissing, photographers and filmmakers have already
accepted what a kiss can do for you.
last month, the photograph of a couple kissing outside a Paris
city hall was auctioned. Taken by Robert Doisneau in 1950,
the seemingly spontaneous photo of Madame Bornet and her boyfriend
Jacques Carteaud became a poster icon around the world.
movie kisses like Gone with the Wind and more recently Spiderman,
have become iconic in a sense. But there's more to a kiss
than meets the eye, say Bangalore's celebs. Every
single one of the almost-kisses always thrill theatreperson
love the kiss between Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis in
Cape Fear too. It's one of the kisses where there's a lot
of suspense and thrill. It's a dangerous kiss."
a kiss to be classic or romantic, Neeraj believes there must
be passion and "good lip action!" While these factors
can make a kiss work, there are other reasons why a kiss fails...
..."These days I'm learning it's smoker's breath,"
says Neeraj, in jest.
kiss should look genuine and believable, feels director VK
Prakash. "Even in cinema, a kiss is the first move towards
love," says Prakash, whose favourite kiss is the one
in Kurudipunal between Gautami and Kamal Hasaan.
Anu Prabhakar absolutely loves the kiss in Ghost. "It's
the one where Demi Moore wants to kiss Patrick Swayze for
the last time. Though
it wasn't a sensational kiss, it was a beautiful one,"
she adds. When two people kiss in a film, it's the tenderness
that stands out, says Anu.
I'm an actress and I know exactly how kisses are done in films,
I need to see the characters feel that kiss." And in
reality, a kiss for Anu is about two minds connecting. "It's
not just physical."
brains have special neurons that help us locate each other's
lips in the dark.
average person will spend about 20,160 minutes kissing in
burn 26 calories in a minute-long kiss.
boom: all for that sexy look
Anderson did it, so did Madonna. Now, thanks to the
recent re-approval of silicone breast implants by the
FDA after a gap of 13 years, bust lines are set to get
a lift. The FDA's new position on the use of silicone
is important because this is the age of sexual imagery.
As Mallika Sherawat says: "Men like talking to
is, the obsession with an ample bustline dates back
to 1858, when Anne McLean of Williamsburg, NY, invented
what may be the first patented American falsie - a cone-shaped
wire device that intimidated her husband. Such preoccupation
with female curves might have a purpose. "Women
should look sexy and feminine. I like models with shapely
bosoms walking the ramp," says Rohit Bal. "I
know many models who have stuffed silicone in their
to the Society of Plastic Surgeons, post-Pamela Anderson
and Carmen Electra, the number of women undergoing breast
augmentation surgery is growing at an incredible pace.
1992, 32,607 women underwent the surgery, but by 2002,
this number had jumped to 2.5 million. A 593 per cent
jump in 10 years with 19-34 year-olds being responsible
for 25 per cent of the procedures despite the whopping
cost: USD 3,375. The US cashed in on USD 857 million
for breast implants in 2003.
breast enhancement popular in India too? "Unlike
in the UK and US, we don't maintain breast-implant registers.
Breast augmentation is a taboo in India. Another deterrent
is the cost. A breast implant can cost anything between
Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000," says Sunil Choudhary,
a consultant with Max Health Care.
there are cosmetic surgeons like SB Gogia who have done
more than 65 such jobs, because as he says, when it
comes to the feminine mystique, nothing spells success
patients ask for a very large breast size," he
clarifies. So, what exactly can silicone do for you?
"The look and feel of silicone-studded breasts
are so natural that you have to touch them to tell,"
says Bal. A cosmetic surgeon reveals: "We do import
silicone implants. Even though they were banned in the
US, they were used in the UK, Israel, New Zealand and
the implants imported nor medical procedure involved
are monitored in India. "We don't require any monitoring
body as they are already certified by the authorities
concerned in the countries of their origin," says
it okay to have silicone assets? Psychiatrist Sanjay
Chugh offers an explanation for this phenomenon: "Women
who go for breast augmentation usually have low self
esteem and confidence. They believe that their only
appeal lies in their physical appearance. Relationship
problems with the spouse are also a factor when it comes
to feeling inadequate."
Paris Hilton gets waxed at
May1: House of Wax star Paris Hilton is the latest celebrity
to become a full sized waxwork at the Madame Tussauds
museum chain. Her figure will be unveiled at The New
York branch of the museum at a ceremony to be attended
by the cast of the House of Wax before the release of
the movie on May 6.
though Paris is elated at the prospect of having the
waxwork displayed at the world famous venue, she regrets
the fact that due to her forgetfulness, her pet pooch
Tinkerbell will not be cast aside her. "I didn't
bring Tinkerbell to the thing. They wanted to make her
too, but I forgot to take her to the thing where they
take pictures of you," zap 2 it quoted her as saying.
Hilton has not yet seen her wax figure, she nevertheless
seems to be extremely happy with the honour. "I
think it's pretty cool," she added.
-- Bold and Beautiful
DELHI: She turned from model to actress and now Priyanka
Chopra wants to become model actress. While Andaaz remains
close to her heart, she admits she would think twice
before exposing again. After the success of films like
Andaaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Aitraaz, the former
Miss World is now looking to tone down her act.
am at a stage of my career where roles of substance
matter more to me than when I started out. Andaaz was
a relatively bold film in terms of my costumes but it's
something I was very sure I wouldn't be doing again
after I watched it on screen. Andaaz was and will always
be very special to me, but I am no longer comfortable
wearing those kind of clothes. On hindsight I realise
Andaaz was a bold film, but I still don't know why I
did it when I did. Perhaps I didn't fully realise the
implications of what I was doing. After all I was just
18 when I shot for the film. Maybe I didn't know any
better. But definitely it's not something I want to
do again," she says.
bare-dare days are over, insists Priyanka. According
to her the audiences will get to see 'less' of her on
screen: "I don't think I am going to expose anymore.
What is the need? It is possible to wear trendy clothes
and look sexy. As newcomers, most of us don't realise
that people are forming an impression about you through
the clothes you wear. For example in Andaaz, although
Lara ends up getting the guy, I had a more varied role
- it was a nice combination of comedy, sadness, sacrifice
and lots of pranks. But it is a hot and sexy image that
everyone recalls. Such a realisation can only come through
experience. That is why actresses sometimes do things
in the beginning of their career that they might repent
Beauty from Bareilly is not afraid to buck the trend
by covering up. "The so-called phase of bold cinema
only lasted for a little while and it's now gone. People
want to see films that are character and story oriented.
The industry always has its ups and downs. There have
been times when period films, war films and action films
were popular by turns. Likewise sex too has come and
gone. Today it is romantic films that rule the roost,"
new coy andaaz seems to be as much in demand as her
predisposition to sizzle earlier. There's certainly
no dearth of offers. "After Waqt I'm looking forward
to Barsaat and Yakeen. While in Waqt I play the spoilt
kid of a rich father who wakes up to reality when she
has to support her husband (Akshay Kumar) following
a rift with his family, in Barsaat I am a small-town
girl with a strong character. Yakeen again is a very
different and performance-oriented role. Both films
should release sometime in June," she says.
is also ecstatic about her pairing with Hrithik in Rakesh
Roshan's Krish. According to her: "Krish is turning
out fabulously and I'm very happy with my character.
People haven't seen me do anything like what I'm doing
in Krish and that's really exciting for me. The film
will release next year."
the avalanche of high-profile appearances, the actress
denies she's overly ambitious. "I don't think I
have ever been ambitious. I would otherwise have planned
my career far better. I have made my share of mistakes.
Even though I have done some good films and some bad
films, I do enjoy the art of filmmaking. Some films
I do because they are good films; others to satisfy
the actor inside me. But by and large I do films instinctively.
There's no plan or method behind the choices that I
make," she says.
who would have been an engineer if showbiz hadn't happened
to her, describes herself as 'complicated but not complex.'
She also rules out any complications beyond her on-screen
chemistry with Akshay Kumar. "I need to stay away
from all rumours at this stage of my career. Silence
is the best option for any situation. I don't want any
controversies in my life and I don't think I should
be giving importance to non-issues by talking about
them. One thing I am very clear about - I can handle
almost anything except anyone messing with my family.
I don't allow that," she says.
is awesome! Porn star Jenna Jameson (L) poses with
two new models for her "Club Jenna" website
Sophia Rossi (C) and Jessie Capelli during a birthday
party for Jameson in Los Angeles on April 14, 2005
Lo's book to focus on paparazzi
April 24: With the paparazzi increasingly becoming a
big problem for celebrities these days, pop singer Jennifer
Lopez has decided to take the bull by the horns by writing
a self-help book for celebs to deal with them. Lopez,
who thinks that she is the perfect person to pen the
book, said that it was strange that even though celebrities
were fed up of the paparazzi, no one had thought of
writing on the subject.
likes to hear somebody in the public eye who they feel
makes a lot of money, complain, so we don't, but it
is a very strange thing nobody writes books about how
to deal with that, so maybe I'll do that next, femalefirst
quoted her as saying Moviehole.net.
Niki D'Souza and Pawan Setpal it was a night of complete
elation as they left 32 other contestants behind to
grab the Gladrags Megamodel and Manhunt 2005 titles
respectively. In fact 21-year-old Niki from Mumbai can't
believe that she now wears the crown that glam gals
like Lara Dutta, Aditi Govitrikar and Koena Mitra have
worn in the past. "It was a wonderful experience.
I got the best grooming that anyone can ask for, and
now that I have actually won, it really feels like a
dream fulfilled. I think I need to constantly pinch
myself to realise that I have done it!" she quips.
who pipped First Runners up Kimasha Nanoo from South
Africa and Second Runners up Neha Oberoi from Delhi
to the title, feels she made her mark in beachwear.
"Although the Introduction Round and Judges Round
were the most crucial, I think I performed best in the
Swimsuit Round," she says.
new Gladrags Megamodel admits she was confident of a
good showing in the contest. According to her: "Everybody's
expectations were sky high. But honestly I don't suppose
anybody was thinking about who would make it and who
wouldn't. I am sure all the girls would have been confident
of winning. That is why they were here in the first
place. If you are nervous, you can't be faring too well.
So yes, I was confident of making it to the final stage,
but not about winning the title. I gave it my best shot
in every round and just hoped that things would go well."
she has only just started to savour success as a model,
Niki hints she may not be averse to giving up ramp for
reel in the coming days. "I have already completed
my graduation. I came to participate in the Gladrags
contest only because I wanted to get into modelling
full-time. So there's nothing else that I have in mind
right now. I guess the logical thing for me to do after
winning the title is to continue modelling and then
take up films as and when the offers come my way,"
is even willing to strip for success: "If a subject
demands some exposure, then I would do it. But I certainly
won't overexpose or strip if I don't see a reason for
winner Pawan Setpal refuses to be modest about his achievement.
"Yes I did expect to win because that is why I
came here. All my hard work has paid off. I know that
the body plays an important role in any modelling competition
and have therefore been very conscientious about my
eating habits and workouts in the gym. Although there
are many people who helped me reach my goal, I take
credit for hanging on and doing my best when things
got rough. I am also grateful for the kind of grooming
that Gladrags provided us," he adds.
to Setpal, what separated him from First Runners up
Aryan Baruah of Guwahati and Second Runners up Elvis
Parkinson of Bangalore, was his mental toughness: "I
didn't let the thought of losing enter my head even
once. Once you let that happen, you might as well give
up and go home. I came prepared to win - probably more
than the others - and that is why I gave more than my
best. I consider myself quite a disciplined person and
remained focused throughout the contest. I gave my 100
per cent and maybe that helped. Although I agree with
Mrs Wadia when she says that we are all winners, I can't
help but think of myself as a little extra special!"
is just as candid about his future plans. "Modelling
is very different from acting. If you win a pageant
like this, then you are definitely recognised. Let's
not fool anybody. People want to know who you are and
they want to give you breaks. That is one reason I wanted
to win this contest. I'm very passionate about acting
and have said from day one in all my interviews that
I love to act and want to be an actor. I love modelling
too but then every model has a certain shelf life after
which you start looking for younger and newer faces.
On the other hand, there are no such compulsions in
acting. If you are good, you can go on forever. I would
therefore give myself a couple of years as a model and
then prepare myself - like I always prepare myself for
everything - to take the plunge as an actor," he
the 24-year-old perfectionist says he will bide his
time. "I not good doing too many things at the
same time. So I am just a model for now and would like
to focus on my career in the fashion industry. I really
wouldn't think any other way at this stage," he
Megamodel First Runners Up Kimasha has no regrets about
losing the top spot to Niki. "Why should I be disappointed?
As the first South African participant, I am proud of
what I have achieved. I am a professional model and
have done international assignments in the US and South
Africa. During the contest we went through a grooming
and make-up programme and also did charitable work so
it was really interesting and a great experience. I
took part in the Megamodel contest because I wanted
to launch myself as a model in Mumbai. I already have
some offers in hand and would love to do films if the
opportunity arises," says the 27-year-old beauty
who also has a degree in dentistry.
Megamodel Second Runners Up, too is satisfied with her
performance. "Nikki certainly deserved to win and
I am really happy for her."
A Jet Airways employee, Neha says she would be soon
returning to Delhi to resume work. But Gladrags is an
experience that she will cherish forever. "I've
been in Mumbai for one month now where Mrs Wadia has
been training us - the way we walk, talk, grooming,
etiquette and everything - I'm really proud to be part
of this contest because the way Mrs Wadia has trained
us is excellent," she says.
gets a pat on the back from her mother Rita Oberoi.
According to her: "I don't think I'm sad because
Neha failed to win the contest. I feel what she has
achieved today is more than sufficient. It's a great
feeling to see her here among the final three after
days of auditions, selections and so much hard work.
As far as I am concerned, all three girls are winners!"
Apart from all the glamour on stage, scintillating performances
by MTV VJ S
Chowdhary, Crazy Cat Nandini and Niki and Niki made
the evening really special. The Megamodel and Manhunt
winners were chosen by a starry panel of judges that
included Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Farah Khan, Bipasha
Basu, Mrs Nancy Mehta (Zubin Mehta's wife) Ektaa Kapoor,
Vinita Bali (CEO Britannia), Maureen Wadia, Rohit Gupta
from Sony TV and Bombay Dyeing MD Neenu Khanna.
a hooker? Pick one from the sex plaza!
April 13: The Hungarian Interior Ministry looks set
to allow prostitutes to tout for business in shopping
malls, local media reported on Tuesday. The ministry
is thinking of allowing dedicated shopping centers where
prostitutes could strike deals for sex as long as they
move to a place of their own to carry out the transaction,
the daily Nepszabadsag said.
is nothing intrinsically wrong legally with an entertainment
center without gratification," the newspaper quoted
from a letter the ministry sent to the businessman who
proposed to set up an "all-in-one" sex plaza.
Hungary allows local governments to set so-called "zones
of patience" for the country's up to 20,000 prostitutes,
but no municipality has done so yet
bra for every occasion?
underwear maker on Friday celebrated the birth of Japan's
first new professional baseball team in 50 years with
a commemorative bra shaped like baseballs and features
team mascots both inside and out. The bra is made of
synthetic leather and has dolls of the expansion team
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles' furry mascots "Clutch"
and female "Clucchina" clutching the side
of each bra cup turned baseball.
the theme, the inside of the bra is trimmed with a real
eagle's feather, underwear maker Triumph said. The
single commemorative bra will be sold by an internet
auction closing Wednesday, a day ahead of the team's
home debut in the northern city of Sendai.
would like the lucky individual who bids down this single
set edition ... to wear the bra and support the Tohoku
Rakuten Golden Eagles at their opening game in Sendai,"
a Triumph statement said.
Golden Eagles were formed after the merger of two money-losing
teams in Japanese baseball. The national sport is in crisis
due to soaring salaries and in September the first strike
by players. Nippon
Professional Baseball chose as the new team's owner Internet
shopping site Rakuten, which will join the old boys club
of Japanese pro baseball dominated by railway firms, media
conglomerates and food companies.
the photo Japan's lingerie maker Triumph International
Japan campaign girl Yu Misaki displays the 'Rakuten Eagles
Bra' to cheer newly joined professional baseball team
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as the first newly created
team in half a century in Japanese baseball league.
actress ready to go topless
DELHI, March 23: Undeterred by the fact that the Censor
Board is refusing to clear Deepak Tijori's Khamosh until
shots of her bare back are removed, Rakhi Sawant says
it would better watch out when she decides to turn around.
"I think my back made the censors feel uneasy. There's
a bathing sequence in the film where I am shown wearing
nothing but a transparent, red colour underwear. I am
looking hot in this scene. Since Khamosh is a suspense
thriller, exposure is an integral part of the film,"
'Mirchi' girl brushes aside any competition from Shilpa
Shetty and Juhi Chawla, her co-stars in Khamosh. According
to her: "My back will outshine everything else. It's
so sexy that the audience will find it difficult to let
their attention wander. Deepak (Tijori) had explained
the role to me and I knew exactly what I had to do."
Sawant admits the 'wardrobe malfunction' wasn't intended.
"When Deepak showed me the red underwear in which
I was going to take a shower, it didn't appear flimsy
at all. But once it got wet, it just went transparent.
Although I was surprised when I saw the rushes, I didn't
think there was anything wrong with it. Today actresses
are exposing their front, but I am ready to compete with
my back," she quips.
Bollywood siren, who also sizzled in the Pardesiya remix,
claims Indian censorship laws are too restrictive to allow
her to go topless. "When the censors have a problem
with my back, imagine what will happen if I expose from
the front. It will drive them mad. I have a good body
and in case there's an offer from Hollywood, I wouldn't
mind going topless. But that's simply not possible here,"
has no complaints against her director. In fact she's
delighted with whatever she's done in Khamosh. "I
love exposing. Khamosh is just the kind of film that interests
me. I have no intention of losing my sex symbol tag in
Bollywood," she exults.
forced to arrange orgies
ANGELES: Veteran screen goddess Jane Fonda's late husband
Roger Vadim bullied her into seducing women to join them
in orgies, the Internet Media Database reports. The 67-year-old
says in her autobiography My Life So Far due in April
that Vadim, who directed her in Barbarella , forced her
to phone escort companies and chat up girls in bars so
they could take part in his "cruel and misogynistic"
seems shocking that I did that, but I convinced myself
that it was fine, even though it was killing my heart,"
she writes. Fonda, whose six-year marriage to Vadim ended
in 1973, has never previously admitted to the group sex
sessions she was forced to participate in.
'Lips' in front of wife
Nescafe girl Maushmi Udeshi was steaming hot when she locked
'Lips' with Anuj Saxena in Sameer Malkan's film, it didn't
quite bring the actor's wife to boil. But Maushmi admits
it was awkward having the missus around during love scenes.
"I realised how difficult it was for a wife to see
her husband romance another woman on screen. Anuj Saxena
(of television serial Kusum fame), my co-star in Lips, was
accompanied by his wife on the shooting locations. I found
her to be very inquisitive about what went on between me
and Anuj when the romantic moments in the film were shot,"
to Maushmi, Mrs Saxena's thoughts would not have been all
charitable. "Judging from her facial expressions, I
am sure she was thinking - I want to kill this woman. Maybe
she even regretted marrying an actor in the first place!"
quips the 5'7" of pure oomph.
model, who was the much-talked about ghost in Bally Sagoo's
Noorie and also dazzled in Nitin Bali's music video Neele
Neele Ambar Pe, insists working in her debut film was an
educative experience. "For all practical purposes,
I learnt the art of kissing! I never knew that when I kiss
someone in real life, I start blinking. The same thing happened
while I was doing the kissing scenes with Anuj. Since the
director wanted me to either close my eyes or keep them
open, I had to do several takes to get it right. Finally
I was able to deliver the kind of performance that my director
had been expecting from me," she says.
by Malkan who has hits like Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Divya
Shakti to his credit and produced by US-based S. Khimani,
Lips is shot entirely on locations in New York and Pennsylvania.
The story revolves around the escapades of an illegal Indian
migrant who develops a massive crush for the enigmatic young
wife of a middle-aged millionaire. On the run from the immigration
authorities and without an escape route in sight, the male
protagonist discovers love and longing - and, more crucially,
a way out of his predicament - in the seductive charms of
that she has a stunning figure and looks to match, Maushmi
finds nothing wrong in exposing on screen, provided she's
offered a great script. According to her: "I am not
in favour of unnecessary exposure. At present you have two
kind of actresses - one, who have no problems in stripping
down for films that have a strong sexual content and second,
women like Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee who have so much
grace even when they are doing romantic scenes. I don't
want to be bracketed with actresses in the first category
that I mentioned. I have received dozens of such offers
but have refused them all."
the fact that it hinges on an extra-marital affair and a
cold-blooded murder, Lips isn't just another film with a
'bold' theme, claims Maushmi. "Sex is not the main
thrust. It's an emotional, romantic thriller. I have my
glamorous pictures from the film circulating in the media
because glamour is an important ingredient in Lips. However
I am in love with only one person throughout the film,"
having successfully campaigned for brand leaders like Nescafe,
Kit Kat, Aristocrat Whisky, Taj Hotels, Bakemans and NIIT,
Maushmi is now looking forward to take Bollywood by storm.
"I delayed my entry into films because I wanted to
launch my career with a big name director. Luckily for me,
a noted filmmaker like Sameer Malkan decided to give me
a break. Not only does Lips have a great story line, I am
also very happy with the way the film has been treated,"
nets Samba sex symbol
Fiery supermodel, Naomi Campbell, may have found her 'Mr
Right' in the Brazilian actor, Sergio Marone, who is 10
years younger to her. The duo have been reportedly dating
since one month, after they met in the last month's Rio
carnival, and are getting on well with each other despite
the glaring differences in age and language.
early days but they've been getting on brilliantly. They
enjoyed a very intimate lunch together at the posh Porcao
steakhouse in Ipanema," the Mirror quoted one of the
sources as saying. "They've
been on a few dates now and Naomi seems really keen. We
just hope the language barrier won't prove too much of a
problem," the source added.
a real catch. In Brazil he's a sex symbol and has loads
of girls after him," the Mirror quoted one of the sources
as saying. "He's
a real laid-back guy and has a very different temperament
to Naomi. "Obviously
opposites attract," the source added.
has previously dated movie legend Robert De Niro, U2 bassist
Adam Clayton and was widely expected to wed Formula One
boss Flavio Briatore after a three year on-off romance.
Dixit is mom again!
Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit-Nene has given birth to
a baby boy, at a hospital in Denver, Colorado, sources said.
The baby, born on March 8, is the second boy for the "Dhak
Dhak girl," who always prefered to have a girl the
second time she gave birth.
first son, Arin is two-years-old now. Arin too was born
around the time of 'Holi' festival in March, two years ago.
Madhuri is ecstatic about being a mom again. As per reports,
she and the baby are doing great.
paints nude Lopez
ANGELES, March 11: Jennifer Lopez's singer husband Marc
Anthony has painted the superstar in the nude, according
to a report. The Wedding Planner star is reportedly delighted
with the oil painting, which "depicts Jennifer from
her backside", reports the Internet Media Database.
was so flattered by the beautiful portrait Marc painted of
her that she hung it in her dressing room at home. It's very
artistic and tasteful," a friend was quoted as saying.
didn't count kisses, says Payal Rohatgi
Kisses or misses? Payal Rohatgi isn't telling. While a section
of the press says she has outsmooched Mallika Sherawat in
Laila-A Mystery, the actress herself claims she wasn't counting.
Payal, who is doing Laila with TLV Prasad after MaazaMaaza,
admits she's surprised at being dragged into the numbers game.
According to her: "I don't know who was there on the
sets to keep a count of how many times I kissed. I never talked
about any kind of figure. I can only say that there are some
explicit scenes in the film."
former supermodel insists she has no idea about the kiss count.
"I just don't know. It wasn't as if I was counting -
one...two...three...four, and so on. In a film where I am
acting, do you seriously think I would have the time to keep
track of the number of times I kiss my co-star? I am sure
somebody has been spreading rumours. I certainly won't deny
that Laila has such scenes, but if you ask me for a number,
there's no way I can be as precise as the person who actually
counted my kisses," she quips.
however makes no secret of Laila's explicit content. "The
film is about a beautiful woman, the character that I play.
She cons different people in several different ways. In the
film we intend to show how men act dumb and lose all powers
of reasoning when they come face-to-face with a good-looking
woman. For example, there's one scene where I get all romantic
in order to dupe a minister. I have to expose here so that
I can attract him. Similarly I use other tricks in other situations.
Laila is very interesting and like Ram Gopal Varma's Darna
Mana Hai, it is episodic in nature," she says.
the sexed-up teacher from Tauba Tauba, believes it is not
just ministers who are susceptible to the wiles of a comely
woman. "No matter what their profession, there's a certain
category of men who let passion overcome reason as soon as
a girl offers them her company. More often than not, they
turn out to be losers," she declares.