Arjun Singh's Grandson Arunoday Singh Shrugs Off Political Lineage To Make His Own Way in Bollywood

Veteran Congressman Arjun Singh's Grandson, Arunoday Singh shrugs off his political lineage and says that he is set on making his own way in Bollywood.

What’s in a last name? Plenty, if you live in a country where dynasty politics rules and stardom is hereditary in Bollywood. So one would assume that the grandson of veteran Congressman Arjun Singh, Arunoday has it all worked out for him. Not so, says the actor, who got noticed in the Sudhir Mishra-produced turkey, Sikandar, for his portrayal of a terrorist. Aisha followed, where he lent the much-welcome testosterone quotient to the chick flick. Mirch bombed, and now he plays a thug in Yeh Saali Zindagi. The graph and survival rate is not too bad for a newcomer.

Arjun Singh's Grandson, Arunoday Singh

The fiendishly tall actor (he’s 6 ft 4) is articulate and candid about his family, work and relationships. “There’s a perception that we get coddled and are surrounded by opportunity. At 21, my father walked away and has been on his own. He raised me the same way,” he says. “There’s no real school in the village outside Bhopal, so I went to a boarding school at six. I got a scholarship to a university in Boston. I was a bit of a nerd, still am. I studied English Literature and minored in Philosophy. My brain is a high maintenance engine and my mother is central to keeping me sane.”

Arunoday went to New York to pursue acting in theatre because a professor told him, ‘You have a modicum of talent. You must nurture it boy, or you will just fritter it away.’ The actor says, “When a man speaks to you like that, you do it.”

He lived in Harlem (where he picked up a love for hiphop, and not the 50 Cents variety) and New York isn’t exactly an affordable place for a struggling actor. “I got cast as an Cuban, the Italian mafia guy. Good times, but lean,” admits Arunoday. “I freelanced, edited other students’ papers. I was a bouncer, earning $400 a night. I’m a decent looking dude, you put me in a suit in the VIP section and I don’t look like a bouncer, but I could throw out a guy if I needed to. I made more money than the guys at the door.”

He landed in Mumbai in between assignments, got a PG place and made a list of directors he admires (Sudhir Mishra, Vishal Bhardwaj). He made his rounds and fortunately for him, the actor Sudhir who was selected to play the terrorist for Sikandar, backed out. Arunoday says, “I only found out later when I was doing Yeh Saali Zindagi that he knew my family.” Mumbai also settled him, given his nomadic streak.

The ‘hyper ambitious’ actor has chosen non-mainstream cinema to make his way. He points out that people like Aamir Khan and Karan Johar are finding the balance between the commercial and the artistic. “I’m taking the circuitous route, but you have to be true to yourself. There’s a very specific skill set needed for commercial cinema. I was never trained for that and I can’t stop asking questions. I feel I have the potential and talent to do artistic work. Our aspirations are evolving. Indians are on the move, we’ve been to London, you don’t need to show us London. It’s not so simple to sell us these dreams.”

His biggest fear is that his choices won’t translate into more work. He says, “Maybe I’m too intellectually arrogant, sometimes I’m very quick to judge. I look at something and think I know the answer. In our industry, there’s no culture of working your way through. It’s an unforgiving place. If I don’t make waves big enough to sustain myself, it would mean my approach is wrong. That would be heartbreaking.”

While he is committed to pursuing acting, he is pursuing women rather than committing to them. He says, “Women I love, women love me. I’m seeing many people. Film people are too highly strung or motivated to ever make good lovers or companions for a stretch. Nobody has time for anybody but themselves. I like calm, chilled people. With my personality, I don’t need another Type A personality. I have entanglements. With women who don’t like to be tied down. I’m just too focused.”

Chunky Pandey With His Daughter at HDIL Oaks Race at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Chunky Pandey was seen with his younger daughter at HDIL Oaks race at Mahalaxmi Race Course over the weekend. Chunky came to try out his luck with the betting.

Chunky Pandey says "I lost all the money on the betting and realised that it wasn’t a good idea to take my little girl along — she now wants a horse! I’m trying to convince her to make do with me!

Below are images of Chunky Pandey With His Daughter at HDIL Oaks Race at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Chunky Pandey With Daughter at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Chunky Pandey With Daughter at The HDIL Oaks Race. Also seen is Arjun Rampal With Daughter Myra

Chunky Pandey With His Daughter at HDIL Oaks Race at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Chunky Pandey With His Daughter

Arjun Rampal With Daughter Myra at The HDIL Oaks Race at Mahalaxmi Race Course

IT was baby’s day out at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi race course last weekend. Celebs came to try out their luck with the betting with their daughters in toe.

In the images below Arjun Rampal plays with his daughter Myra at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai.

Arjun Rampal With Daughter Myra at The HDIL Oaks Race at the Mahalaxmi Race Course

Arjun Rampal with His Daughter Myra at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. Also Seen is Chunky Pandey With Daughter

Arjun Rampal and Daughter Myra at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

Arjun Rampal with Daughter Myra at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

Arjun Rampal and His Daughter Myra at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

Arjun Rampal and His Daughter at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

Arjun Rampal with Daughter Myra

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Prateik Babbar Talks About His Late Mother Smita Patil

Prateik Babbar's Mom, legendary actress Smita Patil died from childbirth complications on 13th December 1986, barely two weeks after having given birth to Prateik. She was 31 years when she died. Below is a video of Prateek Babbar talking about his late mom.

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Mahesh Bhatt’s Daughter Alia Bhatt To Debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year

Alia Bhatt is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter with Soni Razdan. Alia will make her debut in Karan Johar’s film 'Student of the Year' which will release later this year.

New kid on the block, Mahesh Bhatt's Daugter Alia Bhatt

This is Karan Johar’s first film post My Name is Khan and the only film in which Shah Rukh Khan does not have a leading role. He might do a cameo in it, though. The film will be a launch pad for Siddharth Malhtra, Varun Dhawan, and Alia Bhatt. Shooting begins in June. Alia is said to be already dating her co-star Varun Dhawan, Son of David Dhawan.

Alia and Varun met during the casting and got along well. Alia is new to Dharma while Varun is a regular at the production house and has also assisted KJo on My Name is Khan. They hit it off from the first day and are now dating and getting to know each other before shooting begins.

Alia is seventeen-years-old and loves to watch movies and television shows and listen to music. She is Pooja and Rahul Bhatt’s step-sister. She is on Twitter but does not tweet often and follows only her family members. She gets cranky if she does not sleep enough. She likes partying and is friends with Akanksha Ranjan, the younger daughter of Anu and Shashi Ranjan, among others.

Nothing is known about her role in the film but one can guess that the movie will be like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. While KKHH had two girls and one guy, SOTY has one girl and two guys fighting over her. It is a campus romance which should be out by the end of this year.

Here is the first look of the Karan Johar upcoming directorial venture Student of The Year. In movie poster there are three newcomers Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. The film will be produced by none other than Karan's best friend, Shahrukh Khan.

First Look Poter of Karan Johar's 'Student of The Year' Starring Siddharth Malhtra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt

Hrithik Roshan and Sons Hrehaan and Hridaan Roshan With His Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds

Hrithik Roshan came face-to-face with his wax figure at Madame Tussauds, London, yesterday (20th January 2011). Hrithik's Sons Hrehaan Roshan and Hridaan Roshan were with him posing with their dad's wax statue.

Hrithik Roshan, Wife Sussanne, their sons Hrehaan and Hridaan with the wax at Madame Tussauds, London

Hrithik reacts to the inclusion of his wax figure into Madame Tussauds, London

On meeting his double for the first time he said, “ I can’t believe I’m in Madame Tussauds unveiling a wax figure of myself. It’s incredible just how detailed the figure is. I’m truly honoured to be included and hope my fans will like seeing the figure”. His waxwork is in his Dhoom character — in a short- sleeved shirt left open to reveal his taut body.

Hrithik attended two sittings in Mumbai and London where sculptors captured a catalogue of reference photographs and hundreds of precise measurements.

He also donated the red shirt and dark blue jeans his figure is wearing.

The figure took four months to make at a cost of £ 150,000. He joins fellow Indian stars Amitabh Bachan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan in Madame Tussauds’ special Bollywood area.
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Richa Gangopadhyay

Richa Gangopadhyay (Bengali : born on 20 March 1986) is an Indian Bengali actress. She was born in New Delhi and brought up in Michigan, USA. As a student, she pursued her degree in Public Health and Nutrition. She was crowned Miss India USA 2007 at the 26th annual pageant held in New Jersey, also winning several other subtitles such as Miss Photogenic and Miss Beautiful Eyes. 


Om Puri Writes a Farewell Letter to Son Ishaan Puri

Now that his separation from his current wife Nandita is imminent, Om Puri has drafted a farewell letter to his son Ishaan to placate his fears and insecurities

Om Puri will be moving on in life this year. His dream home is being built with his first wife, Seema Kapoor, in her hometown, Jhalawar in Rajasthan. At 61, Om is all set to start life again from scratch.

The most sensitive area that needs to be tackled in his separation with his current wife Nandita is his son 11-year-old Ishaan. It was the fear of hurting his son at such a crucial time that has kept Om from making the break so far. But now, says Om, the time has come for him to think of his personal happiness...with Ishaan's approval.

Om has been gradually preparing the child for his separation. But the reasons for the separation and Om's need to start afresh with a woman who is not Ishaan's mother are things too difficult for the child to understand. Om has therefore written a long heartfelt letter to his son which Ishaan will open at the right time.

Says Om, "I thought this was the best way to let Ishaan know that his father is not a bad person. That he is not a deserter. I have to explain to my son why I need to live away from him. I've put it all down in a letter that Ishaan will open after I leave.

I know he will not think unkindly of me once he reads what I have to say. I want him to know that although I'll be staying away from him and his mother I have the highest regard for her. That by leaving I don't mean to disrespect either my son's or his mother's feelings."

This poignant but pragmatic letter has been written, signed, sealed and now waiting to be delivered to the boy as soon as the time is right.

Meanwhile, Om is playing the perfect father. "I'm doing my best. In November I took Ishaan and his mother for a holiday on London, a city that my boy loves. I stayed in the hotel while Ishaan and his mom shopped and went sightseeing to their heart's content with a dear friend of mine.

Right now I'm shooting in a far-flung place near Khajuraho. There are no luxury hotels here. Ishaan said, 'Baba, I want to come and be with you.' I warned him he wouldn't have all the comforts and luxuries that he's used to. But Ishaan and I had so much fun."

Says Om, "I want Ishaan to know his Baba hasn't left him. I will be there for him anytime. I will take him on vacations. I'll be there for all the important events in his life. I don't want my son to think I've deserted him .I'll always be there for him and Nandita."

The other life with his first wife Seema Kapoor in Jhalawar now awaits Om.

Says Om, "I'm looking forward to my new life. I've stopped drinking completely. Now I want to give up smoking also. I want to live for Ishaan and Nandita, and for Seema."

Keerthi Chawla

Keerthi Chawla is an Indian actress, who is working in Tamil and Telugu film industry. She has appeared in some well known films such as Aadi, Aalwar, Naan Avanillai and Uliyin Osai.

Imran Khan Avantika Wedding-Pictures of Aamir Khan's Children Ira and Junaid

Aamir Khan's Daughter Ira Khan at Imran Khan and Avantika Malik Wedding

Aamir Khan's Son Junaid Khan, Daughter Ira Khan and Ex-Wife Reena Dutta at Imran Khan's Wedding With Avantika Malik
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Gayatri Joshi With Her Son Vihaan At a Wedding

Gayatri Joshi was spotted with her first Son Vihaan at the wedding of DR Shivani Mayekar and Ashish Rao in Jan 2011

Gayatri Joshi With Her Son Vihaan Oberoi

Trivia: Gayatri Joshi got engaged to Vikas Oberoi on 23 June 2005 in Las Vegas. They married in Mumbai on 27 August 2005. She gave birth to a baby boy, named Vihaan on 1 September 2006. She also gave birth to a second baby boy on 27 May 2008.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Son Aryan at the First International School Sports League at the Dhirubhai Ambani School

Shah Rukh Khan’s son ARYAN at the first international school sports league held at the Dhirubhai Ambani School on Sunday (Jan 9th 2011).

Bizy Backson

Prof. Jenn & friend.
I'm still hard at work on The Puppeteers, which you can (and should!) follow here.  That job is 36/8, and extra time in between the hours, and includes doing interviews with various publications local to Scranton.  Getting interviewed over and over about the same show can be . . . well . . . slightly repetitive.  So it was a refreshing change to be interviewed this past week about physical theatre by someone I admire: Jenn Zuko Boughn.  Professor Jenn runs an entertaining and thoughtful 'blog called Bonzuko, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in theatre and/or the physical arts.  Or, if you enjoy your reading with fiber(s), get her book!

The interview: Five Questions with Jeff Wills.

Aamir Khan's Daughter Ira at Imran Khan & Avantika Malik Pre-Wedding Bash/Party

Imran Khan is tying the knot with his childhood sweetheart Avantika Malik on Jan 10. Imran, who has kept his pre-wedding rituals a complete family affair, had a wedding bash on 7th Jan 2011. The family, which includes Imran's parents Anil Pal and Nuzhat Khan, uncle actor Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao and children Junaid and Ira and Aamir's ex-wife Reena among others were present at the party. Below are pictures of Aamir Khan's Daughter Ira and Ex-Wife Reena coming to the party. Click Here >> For All Images From Imran-Avantika Wedding

Aamir Khan's Daughter Ira at Imran Khan's Pre-Wedding Bash/Party
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Aamir Khan's Ex-Wife Reena at Imran Khan's Pre-Wedding Bash/Party

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Amitabh Bachchan With Grandson Agastya Nanda and Granddaughter Navya Naveli in Goa For the New Year's

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan was seen having a fun time with grandchildren Agastya Nanda and Navya Naveli (Shewta Bachchan Nanda'a Children) in Goa. Amitabh Bachchan took a jet ski ride (speedboat) with grandson Agastya at Benaulim beach. Big B, is known to have a liking for water sports and was spotted enjoying a brief holiday with wife Jaya and grand children Agastya Nanda and Navya Naveli in Goa this New Year's. Navya Naveli is 13 years old and Agastya Nanad is 10 years of age.

Pictures of Amitabh Bachchan With Grandchildren Agastya Nanda and Navya Naveli at Goa Beach

Amitabh Bachchan With Grandson Agastya Nanda Goes jet skiing in Goa Beach

Amitabh Bachchan With Granddaughter Navya Naveli (Shweta Bachchan Nanda's Daughter) in Goa For the New Year's

Amitabh Bachchan With Grandson Agastya Nanda Goes jet skiing in Goa's Benaulim Beach

Amitabh Bachchan With Granddaughter Navya Naveli at Benaulim Beach in Goa

Amitabh Bachchan Rides the Waves on a Speedboat with his Grandson Agastya Nanda near Benaulim Beach in Goa.

Amitabh Bachchan Rides the Water Bike/Scooter With Grandson Agastya Nanda

After the beach day, Bachchan posted a series of tweets saying, “A fulfilling day! Full of fun, full of grandchildren, full of jet ski, full of sea water and full of love for them,” he wrote, adding,

“He (Agastya) had said he was a pro ... well almost .. with a bit of help. Media and crowd hurried us back.”

He blogged, "It happened! The early morning appointment with the kids and the sea and the jet ski's. They were ready before me! I thought they would sleep over, having travelled all the way from Phuket, Bangkok and Mumbai to get here the previous day. But no! The kids are on some other energy!

So off we went into the tempting waters and powerful jet ski's - Navya driving by herself and a trainer behind her, and me taking Agastya for a ride first and then giving him the ropes later. Brother and sister are keen competitors. Each wanting to outdo the other."

Well, Big B proved a doting grandpa to his grandchildren.
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