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‘Slumdog’ Pinto not known in Mumbai slums

‘Slumdog’ Pinto not known in Mumbai slums

LONDON: Freida Pinto may have become globally famous with her role in `Slumdog Millionaire` but she was surprised to find out that no one recognised her when she visited the slums of Mumbai recently. The Mumbai-born actress visited the slums with an NGO and was surprised to find that no-one knew her, an Indian magazine reported. “People in the city recognise me as the girl from `Slumdog Millionaire`, and inevitably they stare. But when I visited the slums with an NGO, nobody

Riba incarnated as interest in the banking system

LAHORE: Contemporary Islamic Scholars deem the imposition of modern day interest forbidden by Quranic injunctions. This has given impetus to ‘Islamic Banking’, which now runs parallel to mainstream banking.
Actually, there is no basic difference between the two; under both systems, returns paid to depositors and those received from borrowers, are based on the discount rate of the central bank, which, in itself, is an interest rate.
The sponsors of ‘Islamic banks’ are

I was a violent kid: Johnson

Dwayne Johnson discusses his role in ‘Faster’, and why he chose to return to the action genre…
Did you play the character exactly as written?
Well, it was very well-written. There’s a lot of emotional layers and complexities that all the characters deal with because all the characters are fairly broken when you meet them. The writers were very collaborative. The director George Tillman is a smart, intelligent, astute director who loves emotion from his characters. You

Price hike for Sonakshi!

Sonakshi Sinha is the most sought after heroine in Bollywood currently. After the super rocker Dabangg (that is the second highest grosser of all time) Sonakshi is being chased by Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan for their future projects.
Akki has signed Sonakshi for Joker, Ajay will be doing a film with her in 2011, Salman has signed her for Kick and Saif will romance her in Race 2. Being in such great demand has also hiked Sonakshi’s price. Though she has just one

Sush makes a mark

Getting inked has been one of Sushmita Sen’s fetishes for a while now. And she has now got a brand new tattoo on her left forearm. This one is inscribed in Latin ‘Aut Viam inveniam aut faciam’, which means ‘I’ll either find a way or make one.’
Even though she has a range of tattoos, she insists on only one man to put them on her: Sameer Patange. Reportedly, she has three other permanent tattoos on her arms and one on her back. She got her first tattoo on her left wrist, which

Michael Douglas returns to acting

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas who has been battling throat cancer since this summer has returned to his acting career. Douglas has declared he is determined to beat the illness and showed signs of recovery by filming a clip for an online video.
The “Wall Street” star appears in a brooding black and white one-minute clip in which he is seen sitting in a leather armchair. James Franco and Matt Damon have also appeared in the 14 actors series, which sees stars portray classic

Saif replaces Ajay in ‘Aarakshan

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has replaced Prakash Jha’s blue-eyed boy Ajay Devgn in his next project “Aarakshan” that also stars megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Rumours about Ajay’s ouster from the film have been abuzz, but Amitabh confirmed the development on his blog. “Preparations for ‘Aarakshan’ with Prakash Jha are on in swing and another meet today was done to finalise aspects of the oncoming shoot.
Saif Ali now replaces Ajay and soon we shall be making a final

Elton John’s close shave to death

Sir Elton John has revealed that he was “very close” to being killed by drugs. When asked: How close did drugs get to killing you? John replied: “Very close. I mean, I would have an epileptic seizure and turn blue, and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed, and then 40 minutes later I’d be snorting another line.”
“This is how bleak it was, I’d stay up, I’d smoke joints, I’d drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker and then I’d stay up for three days and then I’d go to sleep

Series Review – House of Saddam

When portraying tyrants and dictators to larger audiences, more often than not, historical accounts and present-day narratives tend to present only the monster behind mass murders, atrocities and human suffering. We tend to forget that behind that rather overbearing veneer of cruelty lies a human, a family man, a father and a son.
To tell a personalized account of a tyrant, not lacking in entertainment, whilst maintaining historical accuracy and objectivity is certainly a

Ali Zafar leads by example

LAHORE: Who could’ve thought that the simple kid coming from a middle class background of two university professors as parents, spotted daily at a hotel lobby once, struggling to make his livelihood by making portraits and paintings, would one day be the highest bidder of an art auction for a cause.
The buzz is that recently at an art auction event by Sanjan Nagar held to educate under privileged girls in acquiring advanced education, Ali Zafar was present too. During the auction

Veena’s matrimonial ad!

Looks like Veena Malik has almost lost her senses. It may be the pressure of nomination which has made her crazy! Veena Malik was seen presenting a well designed matrimonial advertisement for herself on TV in the Bigg Boss house.
Veena has probably chosen the reality show as the best platform to find a groom for her. She was in her usual sensual form and was doing her daily work in the kitchen. While she was alone she suddenly started talking to herself and designed a matrimonial

Too many problems with ‘No Problem’

MUMBAI: Everyone in the film has a problem with someone else. The wife has a problem with her husband, boyfriend with girlfriend, friend with friend, cops with the crooks and audience with director. Yet the film is titled ‘No Problem’. You certainly don’t expect that to be sarcastic since Anees Bazmee has preset his humour in the slapstick mode. Everything from the characterizations to the chronicle is patchy.
So you have Suniel Shetty playing a powerless international don Marcos

Simon loses ‘Starbucks’ battle

Carly Simon has lost the latest round in her long-running legal battle with coffee shop giant Starbucks over her album, ‘Never Been Gone’. The veteran singer sued Starbucks bosses last year after they axed a distribution deal with record company ‘Hear Music’ just five days before the label was due to release her new disc.
Simon argued she should have been informed the agreement was being wound down because it would have a huge impact on the marketing and sales of her album. In

Bon Jovi rules out more acting

Jon Bon Jovi doubts he will ever act again because he doesn’t find big screen stardom “appealing” any more. The Bon Jovi rocker has appeared in numerous movies including ‘Moonlight’, ‘Valentino’ and ‘Pay It Forward’, as well as high profile TV appearances in ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Ally McBeal’.
Bon Jovi hasn’t acted since 2006, and admits he has no plans to go back to it as he is so busy with his music and various charity projects. He tells Larry King, “I loved it. It adds a

Ryder’s dating woes

Winona Ryder refuses to date anyone outside of the movie industry because she mistrusts “normal” guys. The Edward Scissorhands beauty has been linked to a number of famous hunks over the years and was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s.
And Ryder admits she is reluctant to become involved with anyone who isn’t part of Hollywood after a chance encounter with a fan left her mistrustful of men and their motives. She tells an English magazine, “I remember being at this bar

Adams fought for ‘The Fighter’ role

Actress Amy Adams stepped into the boxing ring in preparation for her role in ‘The Fighter’ – to prove she was rough enough to play the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg’s brawler character Mickey Ward.
Director David O Russell wanted the ‘Enchanted’ star to appear as Wahlberg’s love interest in the legendary boxer’s biopic, but he wasn’t entirely convinced she could pull off the part as tough-talking Charlene Fleming.
So she pulled on her boxing gloves and learned how to throw a

Depp laments ‘voyeuristic’ modern times

PARIS: US megastar Johnny Depp says he has mostly learned to tame the media “beast” which constantly stalks him — but makes no bones about what he would do if the paparazzi overstepped the mark.
And while acknowledging the demands of global fame, the 47-year-old former “enfant terrible” also lamented the “voyeuristic sensationalism” of modern media culture. “I’ve had various relations with paparazzi over the years. Basically, I understand the beast,” the “Pirates of the

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