Shilpa Shetty Profile
Name: Shilpa Shetty
Nick Name: Manya
Date of Birth: 8 June, 1975
Birth Place: Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Hair Color: Black
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Surendra Shetty
Mother's Name: Sunanda Shetty
Sister(s): younger sister Shamita
Debut Film: Baazigar
Education: Degree in Commerce from Sydenham College in Mumbai and diploma course in Fashion Design from SNDT
Languages: Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujrati, Tulu, Telugu, Tamil and can understand French
Hobbies: Acting, dancing, cooking, and working out
Shilpa Shetty Biography
Shilpa Shetty (born 8 June 1975 in Tamil Nadu, India) is a four-time Filmfare Award-nominated Indian film actress and model. Since making her debut in the film Baazigar (1993), she has appeared in nearly 50 films, her first leading role being in 1994 in Aag. She resides at the centre of the Hindi-language film industry in Mumbai, India. Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood film actress.
Shilpa was crowned the winner of the British Celebrity Big Brother on 28 January 2007 with 63% of the final vote, after an international racism controversy involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd.
Shilpa Shetty was born in a strict and traditional close-knit family that hails from the matrilineal Bunt community of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka although she was born in Mangalore. She is the eldest daughter of Surendra and Sunanda Shetty, manufacturers of tamper-proof caps for the pharmaceutical industry, and her native language is Tulu although she can speak nearly ten other languages [citations needed] at differing levels including English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu and basic French. One of her nicknames is "Silly Pooh".
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The grand premiere of Bollywood's latest mystery thriller 'Race' was held in Mumbai last evening.
The director duo Abbas-Mustan's film stars Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan,kshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles.
Abbas-Mustan who are a veteran in Indian film industry and have films likeaadshah, Soldier, Daraar, Baazigar, Khiladi and Agnikaal to name a few to their credit.
Kumar S Taurani and Ramesh S Taurani have produced the film 'Race' while the music of the film is composed by Pritam Chakraborty.
The story of the film revolves around two people Ranvir played by Saif and Rajiv played by Akshaye who are half brothers and own a huge stud farm in Durban, South Africa.
They breed horses on their huge ranch house and are also the biggest bookies in the horse racing circuit.
The story moves at a breakneck speed and is full of unexpected twists and turns making the climax of the movie impossible to predict.
A back drop of horse racing, the beautiful locales of Durban and edge of the seat excitement are the crux of the film.
The lead actress of the film Katrina Kaif enjoyed a entire shooting and said, " I am more curious to see the audience reaction. Its totally entertaining film. It's got all the elements in it, but its slightly more edgy."
Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy the other leading lady in the film was however confident that the film will get a good opening at the box office.
"I am really excited about the film. The film's music has done so well. I hope the people will like the film and will get their money's worth ," said Sameera.
Echoing the similar sentiments was actor Anil Kapoor who said that it is a people's film and they should watch it.
"Lets see, how the audience react to it. Basically, this film is for the people. I think they are going to enjoy this film," said Anil.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Alexis Bledel Profile
Name: Alexis Bledel
Birth Name: Kimberly Alexis Bledel
Height: 5' 7''
Birth Date: September 16, 1981
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA
Profession: Actress, Model
Education: Page Parkes Center of Modeling and Acting; Houston, Texas
New York University's Tisch School of Arts, New York (studied film)
Saint Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas
Relationship: Milo Ventimiglia (actor; born July 8, 1977; dated since 2002)
Father: Martin Bledel (Argentinian)
Mother: Nanette Dozier (Mexican)
Brother: Eric David Bledel (born in 1986)
Claim to fame: As Lorelai 'Rory' Leigh Gilmore on TV Series Gilmore Girls
Alexis Bledel Biography
Kimberly Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress and former fashion model. She is known for her role in the television series Gilmore Girls, as well as the films Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She goes by her first name, "Kimberly", with family and friends, but is known professionally as Alexis Bledel.
Bledel was born in Houston, Texas. Her father, Martín Bledel, is Argentinian, and her mother, Nanette, is Mexican. She has one younger brother, Eric, born 1986. Her first language is Spanish, and she did not learn English until she began school. In fact, her Sisterhood co-star America Ferrera was surprised during an interview with a Spanish magazine when Bledel started speaking Spanish. Bledel's mother encouraged her to try community theater when she was a child to overcome her shyness. She subsequently appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz before being scouted at a local mall and given work as a fashion model. She attended St. Agnes Academy in Houston and is a Roman Catholic. She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and majored in film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for one year. She previously had appeared in the film Rushmore as an extra in a classroom scene.
Bledel made her TV debut on The WB series Gilmore Girls in 2000. She portrayed Lorelai Leigh "Rory" Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Victoria Gilmore. Initially, Rory was a high school student living with her mother, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. Bledel has said that she feels she can relate in some ways to Rory, both when it comes to some personal traits and her relationship to her own parents. She also sees the family structure and mother-daughter relationship on the show as something to which many people can relate.
In 2002, Bledel was voted one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25". She appeared as the main character in the video for Less Than Jake's "She's Gonna Break Soon", lead single from their 2003 album Anthem. The single charted at number 39 on the UK charts. In 2005, she starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants based on the book by Ann Brashares. She played Lena Kaligaris, a talented artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of magical jeans.
In 2005, Bledel made a shift from previous TV and film characters while portraying Becky, a prostitute, in the movie Sin City. "She's a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass," said Bledel of Becky. Despite her tough and precocious exterior, Becky gives the impression of being the young and insecure one among the women of Old Town, because of her young appearance and her close relationship to her mother, from whom she keeps her profession a secret. Sin City is shot almost entirely in black-and-white, with splashes of color here and there, such as a red dress, blood or an entirely yellow evil character. In Becky's case, it was her eyes that kept their color, as director Robert Rodriguez claimed that he found Bledel's eyes to be "so amazing I had to keep them blue in the picture."
Himesh’s First Ever On-Screen ‘Love Triangle’ M2KNDM2K
For all those who thought that Aap Kaa Surroor - The Moviee was a mere flash in the pan, can simply take a break. This actor-composer-singer, who is busy shooting for the much hyped Karzzzz in Cape Town, has now signed a film titled Mudh Mudh Ke Na Dekkh Mudh Mudh Ke (M2KNDM2K), his first ever on-screen 'love triangle'. This film will have debutante Jennifer Kotwal paired opposite Himesh. The second lady is Niharika Singh, who is making her debut in A Love Iiisshtory.
Just like Himesh's other films; M2KNDM2K too, would be shot extensively abroad, but also in Punjab and Delhi. Besides that, as usual, music is touted to be the USP of this film. Rumors have it that M2KNDM2K will feature eight romantic tracks and that it's very young, contemporary and definitely ahead of it's times.
M2KNDM2K will be produced by Aditya Singh (of Jagannath Films) and directed by Seema and Sudhir. The duo has been directing ad films and been doing the packaging of a lot of shows on various channels. It's said that the script of M2KNDM2K and the way the film was conceived by Aditya, Seema and Sudhir, prompted Himesh (who is currently busy shooting for Karzzzz in Jo'berg and Cape Town), to sign this film.
Himesh says that the strength of M2KNDM2K lies in it's lovely script. And that God willing, the music will be huge too. He added that he has indeed been blessed by God with some memorable compositions and that he is going to use them in M2KNDM2K. He is all praise for Aditya, Seema and Sudhir, who, he feels have a very good visual sense, and is sailing a golden boat with him as the captain!
Himesh (who was busy shooting for Karzzzz in Cape Town), excitedly said "The strength of M2KNDM2K lies in its lovely script. God willing, the music will be huge too. I have been blessed by God with some memorable compositions and I am going to use them in M2KNDM2K. Aditya Singh is making a very big film in terms of production values and Seema-Sudhir have a very good visual sense. In my interaction with them in last six months, I can confidently say that they will make a very good film!" When asked about the progress on Karzzzz, Himesh, with brimming confidence filling his throat, said "I am loving every bit that I am shooting for Karzzzz with Satishji (Satish Kaushik). Bhushan Kumar too, is leaving no stones unturned in terms of production values".
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Carrie Underwood Profile
Name: Carrie Underwood
Birth Name: Carrie Marie Underwood
Height: 5' 4"
Birth Date: March 10, 1983
Birth Place: Checotah, Oklahoma, USA
Education: Checotah High School (graduated in 2001)
Northeastern State University (majored in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism; graduated on May 6, 2006; magna cum laude; BA)
Relationship: Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl cast member; born on July 18, 1985), Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys' quarterback; born on April 21, 1980; broke up)
Claim to fame: American Idol 2005
Carrie Underwood Biography
Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer-songwriter who won the fourth season of American Idol. Since then, she has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified 7x platinum and is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. Her debut album, Some Hearts, has yielded five #1 hits on the country charts in the United States and Canada: "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted," and her biggest hit to date, "Before He Cheats." In addition, Underwood scored another Top 10 Billboard hit with her charity single, "I'll Stand by You." Some Hearts sold a total of 7 million Recording Industry Association of America-certified copies as of February 2008, in addition to being the best selling album by an American Idol contestant, in the United States, to date, it is also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history.
Her second album, Carnival Ride (which is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA) was released on October 23, 2007. It has so far sold over 2 million copies and has produced two #1 country hits, "So Small." and "All-American Girl", "All-American Girl" currently sitting at #1 on the Billboard Country chart. Underwood's Christmas single, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.
Aside from her vocals, Underwood's success is attributed to what many fans recognize as her wholesome image. In general, many of her songs also present inspirational and uplifting themes and messages. To date, Underwood has sold over 11 million copies worldwide in the last two years.
Carrie Marie Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parents' farm in rural Checotah, Oklahoma. She has two older sisters, Shanna (born 1970) and Stephanie Underwood Shelton (born 1973). Underwood had performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show in her childhood. As a young child, she sang in church, and for Old Settler's Day and Lion's Club, local events in Checotah. In 1996, when Underwood was 13, her manager at the time tried to get her a recording contract at Capitol Records. However, due to management changes at Capitol, it never materialized.
Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. After high school, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism Underwood is a member of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern's Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Anne Hathaway Profile
Name: Anne Hathaway
Height: 5' 8"
Birth Date: November 12, 1982
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Education: Millburn Highschool
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (major in English)
Relationship: Raffaello Follieri (property developer)
Father: Gerald Hathaway (attorney)
Mother: Kate McCauley (actress)
Brother: Tom Hathaway
Claim to fame: feature debut as the awkward teenager, Mia Thermopolis, in Disney's The Princess Diaries (2001)
Anne Hathaway Biography
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress and singer. Hathaway made her acting debut in the 1999 television series Get Real, but her first prominent role was in Disney's family comedy The Princess Diaries (2001), which established her career. She continued to appear in family films over the next three years, and she had the lead roles in Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (both 2004). Hathaway wanted to break the "G-rated" image, and consequently, in 2005 she co-starred in the adult-themed Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, both requiring extensive nude scenes, as well as The Devil Wears Prada (2006), in which she starred opposite Meryl Streep. That film has become the highest-grossing film of her career. Becoming Jane, in which she stars as Jane Austen, was released in 2007.
Hathaway's acting style has been compared to that of Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn, and she cites Hepburn as her favorite actress and Streep as her idol. People magazine named her one of 2001's breakthrough stars and in 2006 she was listed as one of the world's 50 Most Beautiful People.
Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Gerald Hathaway, a lawyer, and Kate McCauley, an actress who inspired Hathaway to follow in her footsteps. She was named after the wife of playwright William Shakespeare. She has an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Thomas. Hathaway has mainly Irish and French ancestry, with more distant German and Native American roots. She was raised in the Catholic religion with what she considers "really strong values", and wanted to be a nun during her childhood. However, at fifteen, she decided not to become a nun after learning that her brother Michael was gay. Although she was raised as a Catholic, she felt that she could not be part of a religion that disapproved of her brother's sexual orientation.
Hathaway was raised in Millburn, New Jersey and graduated from Millburn High School where she was in many school plays. She spent several semesters studying at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York before transferring to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She referred to her college enrollment as one of her best decisions because she enjoyed being with others who were trying to successfully "grow up". Hathaway was a member of the Barrow Group Theater Company's acting program and the first teenager admitted. She is a trained stage actress and has stated that she prefers appearing on stage to film roles.
Hathaway, a soprano, performed twice in 1998 with the All Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus at Carnegie Hall and has performed in plays at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange. Three days after performing at Carnegie Hall, she was cast in the short-lived 1999 television series Get Real.