New Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has been married twice and divorced before the age of 28 but doesn’t consider divorce a failure. Olga had gone to France from the USSR and in an interview said: “I have not been scarred by my two divorces. The important thing is that I loved them and you cannot regret loving.”

She was first married to French fashion photographer Cedric Van Mol in 1999 when she was 19 and it lasted only four years. In 2006, she married US mobile phone entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle and that ended last year.

“I am glad to have spent a part of my life with my two ex-husbands. If I had to go back I would do it again. My divorces were not a sad experience. It’s just communication. People who surround us in our life exchange more and more experiences with us. I learned I had differences from them and they were different people from me,” Olga said.

“My ex-husbands were different nationalities but were both very interesting people. I don’t see divorce as a failure. I see it as the end to a story. In a story, everything has an end and a beginning. We take birth and we die. In between I think we try to live as best we can. It’s the same with a marriage. Maybe when the story starts, we know it is going to end. Those people who are together when they are 100 years old, even they know it will end,” she added.


Memorable Bond babes

October 29, 2008

Halle Berry as Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson in Die Aonther Day.

Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Maud Adams playing the title role in Octopussy.

Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova in Goldeneye.

Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough. 

Fanke Jannsen playing Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye.

Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin in Tommorrow Never Dies.

Carole Bouquet playing Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only.

Ukranian model Olga Kurylenko in the upcoming Quntum of  Solace.

Old is gold

October 29, 2008

Mie Hama played the role of Kissy Suzuki in you Only live Twice. 
Jill Sts John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds are forever.
Lana Wood played the famous role of Plenty O’Toole.
Grace Jones in A View To A Kill.
Jane Seymour played the role of Solitaire in Live and Let Die. 
Lois chiles as Holly Goodhead in The Moonraker.
The first ever Bond Girl, Honey Ryder in Dr. NO. 
Daniela Bianci playing the role of Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love.
Agent XXX, Barbara Bach in The  Spy Who Loved Me. 

Maud Adams playind the title role in Octopussy.

Vidya Balan learns to drive

October 28, 2008

After making sure Saif Ali Khan learnt the typical Uttar Pradesh dialect for Omkara, filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj forced actress Vidya Balan to overcome her road phobia for a driving scene in his next movie Ishqiya.

“Vidya has an acute road phobia. She was petrified at the thought of driving earlier, but not any more,” said a source close to the film.

“Driving a car was something completely alien to her. But Vishal saw to it that she mastered the art and now is pretty comfortable manoeuvring her car on the road,” the source added.

The filmmaker is known to be particular about making his actors learn the required skills in reality rather than making them pretend on screen.

Deepika to romance Hrithik

October 28, 2008

Sensuous Deepika Padukone seems to be in love! But hang on she hasn’t split up with beau Ranbir Kapoor rather this dusky beauty will be seen romancing Bollywood hottie Hrithik Roshan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next untitled project.

Reports are that Bhansali has finalised the lead couple and is zeroing on rest of the cast.

But the supposed lead actors are silent over the whole episode as currently Hrithik is busy with his home production Kites and Deepika is engrossed with Saif’s untitled project directed by Imtiaz Ali. Hope this news is true and we get to see this sizzling pair onscreen soon.

Roping in Bollywood celebrities as showstoppers may be the general trend in fashion shows, but a majority of designers opine that a celebrity’s presence on the ramp show displays a designer’s lack of confidence in his creations. The Lakme Fashion Week which started on Monday, till date has seen various celebrities from Bollywood including Priyanka Chopra, Mugdha Godse, Kangana Ranaut, Rituparna Sengupta, Sonam Kapoor, Sameer Dattani, Prachi Desai Adah Sharma, Sameera Reddy and Sonakshi Sinha (Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter) walking the ramp.

But, a section of designers participating in the show feel the presence of the celebrities not only shows lack of confidence on the part of the designers but also takes away the limelight from their creations. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who will display his wedding collection at the grand finale on the concluding day of the event Friday, said he will not have any showstopper for his show. “I have never used a showstopper for any of my shows till date as I don’t believe in them. I feel my clothes are showstoppers or rather traffic stoppers, and I don’t need any celebrity to carry them. If any designer is not confident about his clothes then he needs a showstopper to carry them,” said Mukherjee.

Mukherjee said acting and modelling are two different professions and the actors and models should be left to do their own jobs. “Whenever an actor or a celebrity walks on the ramp, people do not talk about the clothes. They only speak about the celebrity and if anyone is happy with such type of indirect publicity, then it is OK for them but I am not for it,” Mukherjee maintained. Kallol Datta, an established designer from Kolkata, also expressed similar views. “Celebrity! Who is a celebrity? Do you want me to celebrate their lives? Honestly, I don’t think of celebrities. It depends on people. It’s different strokes for different folks. Whatever suits is fine,” said Datta, who is in his third season at the fashion week.

On using a Bollywood celebrity as a showstopper, Datta said: “I will never use a known face or who is popular to walk down the ramp just because he or she can get me more mileage. Then, I think your clothes are not strong enough to get mileage on their own.” Delhi-based designer Zubair Kirmani, who has been in the industry for the last five years, said: “Designers rope in celebrities so that they can get media attention. There are very few people in the media who understand fashion, so if there is a celebrity then the media writes about it and the news reaches every corner of the country.”

“As far as I am concerned, I don’t believe in it as I think as long as one believes in his work, he does not need to get other people to endorse for him,” Kirmani explained. However, a few designers felt that roping in a celebrity and getting them to wear their garments boosts confidence in them besides giving them publicity and good business. “It is not necessary that if you get a celebrity for your show, then he or she is going to wear whatever you have designed for them. It has to be comfortable, at the same time it should carry them in a desired way,” said designer Pallavi Jaipur from Rajasthan.

Pallavi, who roped in actress Rituparna Sengupta, Raell Padamsee (daughter of Alyque Padamsee) and Aalia (daughter of Pooja Bedi), said: “When I took the clothes to Rituparna and Raell or even Aalia for that matter, they first saw it and when they were confident about the dress, agreed to wear it.” “So, that gave me a confidence about my product,” said Jaipur, who made her maiden appearance in the fashion week with Indian and Western collections.

Rimzim Dadu, a 22-year old designer from Delhi who is attending the fashion week for the third season, feels that having showstoppers can boost one’s business. “I don’t think that there is any harm in having celebrities in fashion weeks as everybody wants to catch them and one can put their best clothes for getting noticed,” Rimzim said. “Although the fashion week is all about clothes, I feel if the presence of celebrity gets you more business, then there is no harm in it,” she added.

Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, who also happens to be the apparent heir to the prestigious throne of Sweden, had invited Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, for an exclusive dinner with her during her ongoing state visit to India.Since the princess had seen Aamir’s masterpiece Taare Zameen par, which is India’s official entry to the Oscars, she was highly appreciative of the film. “It is a privilege to receive a special invitation like this,” said Aamir.

Aamir was accompanied by his wife Kiran Rao. As it was time to bid farewell, Aamir gifted Princess Victoria an antique lithograph (sketches of India during the colonial period), while she gifted him a DVD collection of the legendary Ingmar Bergman’s films.