Indian television’s Ugly Betty  Mona Singh, who is set to make her big screen debut with Aamir Khan-starrer Three Idiots, says she is excited but also nervous about working with the superstar.

“Aamir is so good. It’s not even funny. He makes me so nervous. In fact, the thought of working with any of the big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan makes me very nervous. But for now, I am excited,” said Mona.

In Three Idiots, which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel Five Point Someone  and is being directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Mona plays Kareena Kapoor’s sister.

“I play a very bubbly character in the film and my look is very different from what I look right now. My role is really good and I have a major part in the climax of the film,” said Mona.

She became extremely popular when she essayed the role of ugly duckling Jassi in Sony TV’s Jassi Koi Nahin. Her true identity was kept under wraps in the initial months of the show. Mona managed to win the viewers’ heart as Jassi.

Now she is back to being in disguise on a new reality TV show Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano.  She would be competing with celebrity contestants Rakhi Sawant, Shweta Keswani, Mahesh Manjrekar, Yash Tonk, Gulshan Grover, Divya Dutta and Mandira Bedi to win the title of Master Of Disguise.

Commenting upon the format of the show, she said: “The show is all about stand-up comedy actually. It’s about how well we can conceal our identity and find a scapegoat on the streets. It’s quite a challenge for all of us and a very refreshing show.”

Winner of two dance reality shows – Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena,  Mona is quite confident of her success on the show.

She said: “I think I will be good. I had successfully remained in disguise for Jassi… so I might perform better than others. But my voice is a big giveaway. When I speak in Hindi, it has a very strong Punjabi accent so I have to work hard on it.”

Right now Mona is seen in NDTV Imagine’s hit soap Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi. “I found the character interesting, so I took it up. Also, Radhaa  is a very simple and sweet show and I used to watch it regularly,” she said.

For now, Mona is concentrating on Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano  and Three Idiots  and says some “interesting offers” are coming her way.


Sexiest sari acts

December 23, 2008


It has taken us in India a while to realise this, but our most traditional outfit – the sari is among the most sensual dresses in the world. Check out Bollywood’s top beauties in this deadly combination of formal and sexy at the same time.

Katrina Kaif took her time in adopting the sari, but once she did, she is seen wearing it at every second occasion. Her height gives the sari a great fall and she looks simply stunning!


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has seen some fashion disasters (remember year one at Cannes), and she has now reached the conclusion that she cannot go wrong with the sari. A number of formal occasions abroad (and given her international appeal there are a lot) see her clad in the six-yard.


Another tall lady who does justice to the sari is Shilpa Shetty. She looks good in almost anything she wears, but a sort of grace engulfs her when she is in a sari…and we think she knows it now.


After a successful 2008 Priyanka Chopra will look appealing in anything she wears, but her height gives her the extra edge when she wears a sari.

5Kareena Kapoor is one lady who adopted the sari fairly early in her career. Yes, we are talking about ‘Chameli’. Seeing how good she looked in it, she decided to wear it more often.


Bollywood’s kitty of tall women has grown considerably in the last few years. Deepika Padukone made her entry in Bollywood with ‘Om Shanti Om’ and has therefore been used to people loving her sari avataar.


Preity Zinta is rarely seen in a sari, and she made up for that in one long sari-sequence in her last film ‘The Last Lear’.
Hottie Bipasha Basu is rarely seen in a sari, but here is a picture of her looking very unglamorous, but very dignified in a Tamil flick.
Rani Mukherjee is among those women in Bollywood who wears a sari most regularly. She has been seen at award shows, chat shows, movies and many other occasions donning a sari.
It was only post-marriage that Kajol started frequenting the sari. Now that she is comfortable in the drape, she wears it on every other occasion.


Villu is a film eagerly expected in commercial film circles. It has everything that can satisfy audiences: Vijay and Nayantara in the lead roles; directed by Prabhudeva (who had proved his entertaining skills through the super-duper hit Pokkiri; add Devi Sri Prasad’s music to the above mix and what do you get? An explosive and enthralling combo!

Lyrics of ‘Hey Rama’ have Vijay’s usual comedic punch. Sung by Amal Raj and Kovai Sarala providing the extra effects, it is also the title number.

‘Jalsa Jalsa’ is similar to what Devi Sri Prasad has done before. However, Baba Sehgal’s animated voice and Vijay’s lively dance should make this song different and novel.

‘Are You Crazy’ is just a short and sweet mocking number by Divya.

‘Daddy Mummy’ is in Mamta Mohandas and Naveen Madhav’s voices. With a lot of musical presence in her voice, Mamta renders the number in her crackling, strongly modulated style. Naveen too has made his striking contribution to the number.

‘Dheemthanakka Thillana’, the typical Vijay song, focuses entirely on rhythm. However, the tune and the emotion too captivate passionate listeners.

‘Jalsa Jalsa’ has a repeat version. Devi Sri Prasad and Baba Sehgal make an electrifying combination.

‘Nee Kobapattal’ is the only song with a slightly slow-paced rhythm. Sagar adds maximum effect with his mellifluous voice.

Because of its folksy touch ‘Vaada Mapillai’ certainly makes a quick impression. And when you look at the singers’ list, to your surprise you find Tippu and Vadivelu’s names!. A quirky combination indeed!

Those musically freakish cuts, those impish touches in the tune and the foot-tapping beats, everything highlights the arrival of another hit album in Devi Sri Prasad’s music to suit Vijay’s persona. The rest of the magic will have to be viewed on the big screen.

1. vaada mapla – 1.85 Mb

2. Dhillana – 2 Mb

3. Jalsa remix – 2 Mb

4. Rama Rama – 1.50 Mb

5. Sare Gama – 2 Mb

6. Akelesthe – 2 Mb



Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s production company Red Chillies Entertainment that churned out hit films like Main Hoon Na  and Om Shanti Om,  is now venturing into television production with a children’s awards show.

Titled Li’l Star Awards Show , the show for kids will be hosted by Shreyas Talpade and Javed Jaffrey.

Child artistes Dheirya Sonecha, Shriya Sharma, Aishwarya Majumdar, Vineet Singh and Amey Pandya are in the judges panel, which is being headed by actress Neetu Singh.

Awards have been divided into 19 categories including best dialogue, best friend and best comedian.

Shah Rukh, Kareena Kapoor and cricketer Yuvraj Singh will perform at the award function.


Apart from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini, if there is one film which is trying to grab attention, it is Akshay Kumar’s Jumbo where the superstar has not just lent his voice for the central character of an elephant but also shot for an exclusive music video – Everything Is Gonna Be Alright.

While Percept Picture Company has proudly flashed their association with Akshay Kumar for the film and there have been (reported) talks about him being paid Rs 9 crores to come behind the mike, the production house has chosen to keep the film’s origin as a closely held secret.

Well, the secret which has been unveiled now throws quite some surprise as it is revealed that the animation film Jumbo is neither an Indian product nor has it been made in collaboration with an International animation house. Instead, Percept Picture Company has claimed the rights of a Thai film that goes by the name of Khan Kluay.

Khan Kluay, which was released in 2006, is a Thai computer-animated feature film and is about a baby elephant named Khan Kluay who wanders away from his mother and eventually becomes the war elephant (for whom Akshay Kumar has given the voiceover).

The film has been directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, an animator who has worked on the Disney features such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire & Tarzan and also Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age. The film was in the making for three years and cost $3.9 million.

When released in 2006, the film was the highest grossing Thai film in 2006 with an approximate box-office receipt of 91 million baht. The film has already been released on DVD in the United States with its title as The Blue Elephant. The movie has won numerous awards ever since its release and now looks at making an impression at Indian theaters with Akshay Kumar endorsing its case.


This year’s two most anticipated releases now have a completely different challenge to meet. Yes, there’s a lot riding on Shah Rukh Khan’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Aamir Khan’s Ghajini.

Hopefully, they will mark an end to the series of lacklustre season in Bollywood. But more significantly, hopefully, they’ll lure back films buffs who have kept away from cinema halls since the Mumbai terror attacks.

Most of Mumbai’s 75-plus multiplexes saw less than 30 per cent occupancy in the last two weeks. And adding to the slump, five Bollywood releases last week none of them capturing the audience’s imaginaiton.

“Audiences are waiting for a good film. Small budget movies therefore are really suffering,” said Devang Sampat, Cinemax Multiplexes.

With multiplexes being among the most susceptible terror targets, people in Mumbai still seem sceptical to step out for a film. But with the two big Khan releases, many say they are actually waiting for something worthwhile to come their way.

While both Khans celebrated a somber Eid on Tuesday, they were also keeping their fingers crossed.


Akshay Kumar got to do some heady action sequences in Nikhil Advani’s forthcoming From Chandni Chowk To China, but the action hero says fighting with Chinese martial arts master Gordon Liu was the toughest part of the film.

“I have watched 36 Chambers of Shaolin 52 times before doing the film. Doing action for it and fighting with the Chinese masters, particularly Sir Gordon Liu, was the most difficult in the movie,” said Akshay.

Gordon Liu is known for his acts in Hollywood films like the Kill Bill series and the Shaolin series, including 36 Chambers of Shaolin.

In Chandni Chowk to China, Akshay plays a simple cook from Delhi who goes to China to try his luck there. “Getting into the character was not difficult as I have been a cook in my real life, but shooting for the movie has been a difficult experience,” Akshay told reporters at the film’s music release.

“We have shot at the Great Wall of China and shooting there in extreme cold conditions was quite tough,” he said.

The film, which has been shot in China and Bangkok, also stars Deepika Padukone in a double role. “Playing two different characters was quite challenging for me as they are so contrasting in nature,” said Deepika, who played a double role in her debut film Om Shanti Om as well.

“One is an Indian girl with traditional values and the other a Chinese girl, who is bold and sexy and does a lot of action,” she added.

“I had to go for a complete look change for both the roles, which made things quite difficult for me. Besides, doing an action film with someone like Akshay Kumar is quite challenging,” said Deepika.

Also present at the music launch were director Nikhil Advani and actor Ranvir Shorey. Chandni Chowk To China will hit theatres on Jan 16, 2009.