Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty Biography

Shilpa Shetty (born 8 June 1975) in Mangalore is a four-time Filmfare Award-nominated Indian film actress and model.She currently resides at the centre of the Hindi-language film industry in Mumbai, India. Both of them worked together in the film Fareb (2005)
Shetty currently lives in Mumbai with her parents and sister.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 Bunt community of South Canara/Mangalore, 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 including English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu and basic French.

She attended St. Anthony Girls' High School, located in Chembur, and later attended Podar College. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She is also into sports and was the captain of the baseball team in school and earned a black belt in Karate and currently a dance sport expert and enthusiast.

Shetty started her career by modelling for Limca in 1991 at age 16, and made her film debut in 1993 at age 17 in Baazigar. Although she was a supporting actress alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, the film was a major success and earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.Her first leading role was in the film Aag in 1994, which was averagely received at the box office. She had a hit that same year with the film Main Khiladi Tu Anari opposite Akshay Kumar. This was followed by many films which were average to poor performers at the box office.

On 27 March 2007 News of the World, National Tabloid, UK had reported information about her date with Akshay Kumar back in 1999. Accordingly, someone very close to both Shilpa and Akshay has revealed private information that was kept as a secret from many people including Shilpa's parents.

On April 15th, Richard Gere kissed her several times in a stage show, thus creating another controversy.

In May 2003 a controversy erupted over alleged links between Shetty's parents and the Indian underworld. The Surat police issued arrest warrants against her parents on charges of extortion.
In April 2006, a Madurai court issued non-bailable warrants against Shetty and Reema Sen for "posing in an obscene manner" in photographs published by a Tamil newspaper.

Her first release after the reality show got a great opening. The movie, Life In A... Metro became the first Bollywood movie to premiere at Leicester Square.Danielle Lloyd was also invited by the actress to attend the premiere.

As well as modeling and acting, Shetty has associated herself with several other commercial and non-profit organizations.In February 2006 Shetty lent her support to a BBC World Service Trust television show designed to tackle the problem of HIV-AIDS in India.

In March 2006 various sources reported Shetty's joining PETA as part of an advertising campaign against the use of wild animals in circuses.According to a PETA India press release, Shetty is a long-time PETA supporter and has assisted the campaign by posing for photographs in a figure-hugging tiger costume.

In May 2006 , it was announced that Shetty would be the brand ambassador of Romanov Vodka. Sami Lala, President of United Spirits, said that Shetty was chosen for her status as an "aspirational icon", and that her "innate style, energy and attitude highlight the core attributes of the brand.

Shetty is a frequent subject of speculation regarding romance.

However, she has remained tight-lipped whenever questions of marriage are posed to her. Her previous relationships include an affair with actor Akshay Kumar, whom she met on the Main Khiladi Tu Anari set in 1994. The couple split in 2000 after he started dating Shetty's friend and fellow actress Twinkle Khanna .

She is also linked with Anubhav Sinha.In an interview for the Sunday Mirror a friend of Shetty revealed that she was "in love" with Sinha and that he was her "soulmate", but that she could not be with him for fear of parental disapproval, social stigma (Sinha is married with two children, although currently separated) and adverse public perception.

Shetty has stated that she plans to marry in three years and would love to adopt a teenage daughter.

Shilpa Shetty Filmography

Om Shanti Om (2007) - special appearance
Apne (2007)
Life in a... Metro (2007) - Shikha
Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006) - Ahana
Auto Shankar (2005) - Money Lender
Dus (2005) - Aditi
Fareb (2005) - Neha
Khamosh: Khauff Ki Raat (2005) - Sonia
Phir Milenge (2004) - Tamanna Sahani
Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) - Jannat
Darna Mana Hai (2003) - Gayathri
Ondagona Baa (2003) - Belli
Badhaai Ho Badhaai (2002) - Radha/Banto Betty
Chor Machaaye Shor (2002) - Kaajal
Hathyar (2002) - Gauri Shivalkar
Junoon (2002)
Karz (2002) - Sapna
Rishtey (2002) - Vaijanti
Indian (2001) - Anjali Rajshekar Azad
Bhalevadivi Basu (2001) - Shilpa
Maduve Agona Baa (2001) - Preeti
Preethsod Thappa (2001)
Azaad (2000) - Kanaka Mahalaxmi
Kushi (2000)
Dhadkan (2000) - Anjali
Jung (2000) - Tara (Balli's girlfriend)
Tarkieb (2000) - Preeti Sharma
Jaanwar (1999) - Mamta
Lal Baadshah (1999) - Lawyer's daughter
Shool (1999) - Dancer (in song 'UP Bihar')
Aakrosh (1998) - Komal
Pardesi Babu (1998) - Chinni Malhotra
Zameer (1997) - Roma Khurana
Dus (1997) - Journalist (Sutradhar)
Auzaar (1997) - Prathna Thakur
Gambler (1997) - Ritu
Insaaf (1997) - Divya
Prithvi (1997) - Neha
Veedeva Dani Babu (1997)
Mr. Romeo (1996) - Shilpa V. Kumar
Chhote Sarkar (1996) - Inspector Seema
Himmat (1996) - Nisha
Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya (1996) - Sona
Hathkadi (1995) - Neha
Aag (1994) - Bijli
Aao Pyaar Karen (1994) - Chhaya
Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) - Mona/Basanti
Baazigar (1993) - Seema Chopra

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Biography

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her ancestors are from the Bunt community of Mangalore. Her family later relocated to Mumbai. Rai has one brother, Aditya Rai, who is three years older than she is. Aditya is in the merchant navy, and has also co-produced a film with Rai in the lead.Rai's native language is Tulu; she also speaks Hindi, English, Marathi, Urdu, Kannada, and Tamil.Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, Mumbai, then entered Ruparel College, Matunga, Mumbai. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect.Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. She was a contestant in the Miss India 1994 pageant, which she lost to Sushmita Sen. Rai later went on to win the Miss World title that same year. She appeared in her first film in 1997Aishwarya Rai prefers not to talk to the media about her personal life. All the details mentioned in this section are based on what was reported by the media and have not been confirmed by Ms Rai, except as otherwise indicated.Rai began dating Salman Khan, her co-star from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, after the filming of that movie. Their breakup a few years later generated a substantial amount of press attention.Rai has been described by others in the Bollywood film industry as having traditional values and being "a paragon of age-old, dutiful Indian femininity".As a practicing Hindu, she has described herself as having "immense faith in its gods", and when at home she attends the Siddhivinayak Mandir, devoted to Lord Ganesh. When not on the road, Rai lives in Mumbai with her parents.

Rai has previously dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. She is now married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan. The wedding took place on April 20, 2007.

Aishwarya Rai Filmography

Happy Birthday (2008)
Saamna (2008)
Sarkar Raj (2008) - Anita Rajan
Jodhaa Akbar (2008) - Jodha
Provoked (2007) - Kiranjit Ahluwalia
Guru (2007) - Sujata
Dhoom 2 (2006) - Sunehri
Umrao Jaan (2006) - Umraao Jaan
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) - Special Appearance (Song)
Shabd (2005) - Antara Vashisht
The Heart of India (2005) - Mumtaz Mahal
Bride & Prejudice (2004) - Lalita Bakshi
Khakee (2004) - Mahalaxshmi
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na (2004) - Diya Malhotra
Raincoat (2004) - Neerja/Neeru
Chokher Bali (2003) - Binodini
Dil Ka Rishta (2003) - Tia Sharma
Kuch Naa Kaho (2003) - Namrata Shrivastav
Devdas (2002) - Parvati ('Paro')
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002) - Special Appearance (song)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) - Komal Rastogi
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) - Special Appearence
Shakti: The Power (2002) - Dream Girl
Albela (2001) - Sonia
Mohabbatein (2000) - Megha
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) - Meenakshi
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000) - Sahiba Gareval
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) - Preeti Virat
Josh (2000) - Shirley
Mela (2000) - Guest Appearance
Sanam Tere Hain Hum (2000) - Special Appearance
Ravoyi Chandamama (1999) - Special Appearance (Song)
Taal (1999) - Mansi
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) - Nandini
Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) - Pooja Walia
Jeans (1998) - Madhumitha/Vaishnavi
Iruvar (1997) - Pushpa/Kalpana
...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) - Ashi Kapoor

Friday, June 20, 2008

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif Biography

Born on July 16th, 1984, Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, all girls, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship.

Katrina grew up in Hawaii, but was brought up in London, UK. She started modeling accidentally when she was in Hawaii at the tender age of 14, when she was approached for a jewelry campaign. Thereafter she continued modeling in London.

Continuing to model was the reason she got her break in a Bollywood movie "Boom" offered by none other than film-maker Kaizad Gustad.

Although her first movie "Boom" was panned by the critics and shunned by the audiences, two other Telugu movies "Malliswari" and "Pidugu" did get her noticed. She grossed Rs.70 lakhs for Malliswari - making her top the list of the highest paid actresses during a South Indian movie debut.

Not done with South Indian movies, she has been signed in a Tamil movie "Bheema" opposite National Award Winner Vikram.

She has received good reviews for her part in "Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya", as well as a brief appearance in "Sarrkar".

She is said to be romantically linked with Salman khan. Although she has been seeing Salman Khan for sometime now, she still refuses to talk about him in the media. She has made it clear that her personal life is not meant to be known to all and that no one has a right to pass any kind of judgment on it.

She has lot of exciting projects lined up. One of them is ‘Partner’ with Salman Khan and Govinda. She is also doing ‘Apne’ with Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol together in the movie, for the first time.

Then there is Anees Bazmee’s ‘Welcome’ with Akshay Kumar.Her most recent release was film ‘Namaste, London’ with Akshay Kumar.

Katrina Kaif Filmography

Singh Is Kinng (2008) (filming) .... Sonia
Yuvraaj (2008) (post-production)
Race (2008/I) .... Sophia
Hello... (2008) .... Mysterious Woman
Welcome (2007/I) .... Sanjana
Nanhe Jaisalmer (2007)
Partner (2007) .... Priya R. Jaisingh
Apne (2007) .... Nandini ... aka Ours (India: English title: literal title)
Namastey London (2007) .... Jasmeet 'Jazz' M. Malhotra
Balram vs. Tharadas (2006)
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) .... Jia A. Yashvardhan
Allari Pidugu (2005)
Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya? (2005) .... Sonia
Sarkar (2005) .... Pooja
Malliswari (2004) .... Malliswari
Boom (2003/I) .... Rina Kaif aka Popdi Chinchpokli

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor Biography

Kareena Kapoor (born 21 September 1980) nicknamed "Bebo" is a four-time Filmfare Award-winning prominent Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies.

Born into an old and influential film family of Punjabi origin in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Kareena's name was inspired by the book, Anna Karenina.Kareena is the grand-daughter of Raj Kapoor, who acted in and directed many successful movies and is also the great grand-daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor. Kareena was born to actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, who had divorced when she was still young.

Her uncle is well-known and popular actor, Rishi Kapoor. Her sister, Karisma Kapoor, is also a popular actress. Other living relatives include maternal aunt Sadhana, and cousins Ranbir Kapoor and Nikhil Nanda.

Personal life

Gossip columnists have linked Kapoor to a number of her co-stars but she has strongly denied all these rumors. In 2004, she began dating actor Shahid Kapoor, the son of veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor. While dating, their relationship was often reported in the media, and was once in the center of a scandal when onlookers with mobile phone cameras filmed them kissing and released it to the media. The couple separated three years later while filming Jab We Met (2007). Though media initially projected it as a publicity stunt for the film,[43] it was later confirmed that the couple had indeed broken up. According to her, they remained on good terms, with her saying in an interview, "I have seen Shahid from his first film to Jab We Met and I can say that there is a marked difference. According to me he is a bundle of talent waiting to explode. I have that much of faith in him as an actor.

In September 2007, during her breakup with Kapoor, rumors began floating around that she was seeing actor Saif Ali Khan. On October 18, 2007, during Manish Malhotra's grand finale show at the Lakme Fashion Week, Khan confirmed their relationship to the media saying, "Yes, we are not exactly shouting from the rooftops but yes, clearly we are together. And we are happy together! Their relationship is frequently reported on in the media, and is often subject to press speculation of a possible engagement or marriage. However, both of them have denied these rumours.

In 2006, Kapoor declared that she would turn vegetarian in order to keep her weight in check.

Kareena Kapoor Filmography

Milenge Milenge (2008) - Unknown
Roadside Romeo (2008) - voiceover of a dog
Tashan (2008) - Pooja
Halla Bol (2008) - as part of screen footage from the film Omkara
Jab We Met (2007) - Geeta
Kya Love Story Hai (2007) - in an item song
Omkara (2006) - Dolly Mishra
Chup Chup Ke (2006) - Shruti
36 China Town (2005) - Priya
Bewafaa (2005) - Anjali
Dosti (2005) - Anjali
Kyun Ki? (2005) - Dr. Tanvi Khurana
Dev (2004) - Aaliya
Yuva (2004) - Mira
Aitraaz (2004) - Priya Saxena/Malhotra
Chameli (2004) - Chameli
Fida (2004) - Neha
Hulchul (2004) - Anjali
Khushi (2003) - Khushi Singh
LOC Kargil (2003) - Simran (Nayyar's girlfriend)
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) - Sanjana
Talaash: The Hunt Begins... (2003) - Tina
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002) - Pooja (Pinky)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) - Tina Kapoor
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) - Pooja "Poo" Sharma Raichand
Ajnabee (2001) - Priya Malhotra
Asoka (2001) - Kaurwaki (as Karriena Kapoor)
Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001) - Pooja Saxena
Yaadein... (2001) - Isha Singh Puri
Refugee (2000) - Naaz

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Biography

Priyanka Chopra, is an Indian actress and Miss World 2000.

Priyanka was born on July 18, 1982 in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India to Ashok and Madhu Chopra née Sankaran, both doctors.She also has a brother.Her father is a Punjabi-Bengali-Marathi and her mother is a Tamil-Malayali-Kannada from Tamil Nadu. Her mother's family members were from Madurai and Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, Udupi in Karnataka and Kozhikode in Kerala.

She spent part of her childhood in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Her family frequently moved since her father was in the Army. She studied at La Martiniere Girls' College in Lucknow, as a young girl and later came to the United States, where she was a student at Newton North High School, in Newton, Massachusetts and North Delta Senior Secondary High School in North Delta before returning to India to complete high school at Army Public School (Bareilly). She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai but left after winning the Miss World pageant. Priyanka's Father is also a very good singer.

Priyanka was crowned Miss India World and later Miss World in 2000. In the same year, Lara Dutta and Diya Mirza, both from India, won the Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific crowns, in a rare triple.When she won the Miss World crown, she became the fifth Indian woman to win the title, and the fourth Indian woman to win in a span of seven years.

After winning the Miss World title, Priyanka became an actress. She first acted in a Tamil film Thamizhan (2002) and since then has acted in many Bollywood films. She then acted in a series of flops until Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in (2004) which was her second hit. She followed it up with Aitraaz, a Hindi remake of the Demi Moore-starrer Disclosure which was yet another box office success

In 2006, she worked in two of the most successful films of the year - Krrish and Don - The Chase Begins Again. She has also recently been on the hit chat show "Koffee with Karan".

Priyanka Chopra was voted Sexiest Asian Woman of 2006 in Eastern Eye, an Asian newspaper published in Britain.

Filmography as Actor

Chamki Chameli (2008)

Chamku (2008)

Drona (2008)

God Tussi Great Ho (2008)

Happy New Year (2008)

Love Story 2050 (2008)

Om Shanti Om (2007) - special appearance

Big Brother (2007)

Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007) - Kkamini

Don (2006) - Roma

Aap Ki Khatir (2006) - Anu

Alag (2006) - Special Appearance (Song)

Bluff Master (2006) - Simran "Simmi" Ahuja

Ek Haseena Ek Deewana (2006)

Krrish (2006) - Priya (Journalist)

Taxi Number 9211 (2006) - Special appearance

Barsaat (2005) - Kajal

Blackmail (2005) - Mrs. Rathod

Karam (2005) - Shalini (John's wife)

Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005) - Pooja 'Mitali'

Yakeen (2005) - Simar

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) - Rani Singh

Aitraaz (2004) - Mrs. Sonia Roy

Asambhav (2004) - Alisha

Kismat (2004) - Sapna Gosai

Plan (2004) - Rani (Mussa's girlfriend)

Andaaz (2003) - Jiya

The Hero (2003) - Shaheen Zakaria

Thamizhan (2002) - Priya

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta Biography

Born January 31, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, she studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, Shimla. Her real name is Preetam Singh Zinta. She comes from a Sikh family. At first she was going to do a English honours but decided to pursue psychology. She also attended Bombay University. After getting a degree in criminal psychology at the St. Bedes College, Zinta began her career as a model and commercial (ad films) actress (she was seen in Lyril's soap ad film).

Her father, Durganand Zinta was an officer in the Indian Army. Durganand Zinta died when Preity was thirteen, in a car accident in which her mother, Nilprabha Zinta was also involved. Her mother was bedridden because of this incident. Zinta has two brothers, Deepanker Zinta and Manish Zinta, a year older and a year younger respectively. One of her brothers is a commissioned officer in the Indian Army.

She is currently dating Ness Wadia, the heir to the Bombay Dyeing company.Previously, when she was not shooting she used to return to Shimla. Zinta recently moved into her own home in Mumbai, which she bought in mid-2005.

Filmography as Actor

Har Pall (2008)

The Last Lear (2008) - Shabnam

Heroes (2008)

Om Shanti Om (2007) - special appearance

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) - Alvira Khan

Jaan-e-Mann (2006) - Piya Goyal

Kabhi Alvida Naa kehna (2006) - Rhea Saran

Alag (2006) - Special Appearance (Song)

Krrish (2006) - Nisha (Special App)

Salaam Namaste (2005) - Ambar Malhotra

Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen (2005) - Priti

Veer-Zaara (2004) - Zaara Hayaat Khan

Lakshya (2004) - Romila Dutta

Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004) - Dr. Parineeta (Pari)

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) - Naina Catherine Kapur Patel

Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) - Nisha

Armaan (2003) - Sonia Kapoor

The Hero (2003) - Reshma/Ruksar

Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) - Shalu

Dil Chahta Hai (2001) - Shalini

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001) - Madhubala (Madhu)

Farz (2001) - Kajal Singh

Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (2001) - Sakshi

Mission Kashmir (2000) - Sufiya Parvez

Kya Kehna (2000) - Priya Baxi

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega... (2000) - Jahnvi

Raja Kumarudu (1999) - Rani

Dillagi (1999) - Rani (Guest Appearance)

Sangharsh (1999) - CBI Officer Reet Oberoi

Dil Se.. (1998) - Preeti Nair

Premante Idera (1998) - Jannu (as Preity Zintar)

Soldier (1998) - Preeti Singh