Sunday, June 17, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Starring Sangeeta Bijlani, wife of Mohammed Azharuddin, Indian Cricketer.
Date of Birth
9 July 1965, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Sangeeta Bijlani is remembered for her TV commercials for Vicco Tumeric Ayurvedic Cream, though she did a fairly large number of print and ramp appearances.
Born on July 9, 1965 in Bombay in a Sindhi-speaking household, her dad's name is Motilal, and she has a brother named Sunil.
Sangeeta became popular when she was crowned Miss India in 1980, taking over the title from Bollywood actress Swaroop Sampat, and then on to also achieve the National Custome Award at Miss Universe in the same year. The following she was succeeded by Ruchita Kumar.
Needless to state, she received a number of Bollywood movie offers, which included Tridev, Hatimtai, Hathyar, Jurm, Vishnu Devaa amongst others. When Tridev ratings soared at the Box Office, so did hers, especially after her song 'Raat Bar Jhaam Se Jhaam Takrayega...". She acted in a total of 16 movies, but was unable to establish herself as a Bollywood leading lady.
She was romantically linked to a number of co-stars and directors. She was the reason Salman Khan broke off with his girlfriend, Shaheen - only to later ditch Sangeeta for Somy Ali.
After completing Nirbhay in 1996, she met the soft-spoken and dashing Hyderbabd-based cricketer, Mohammed Azharuddin, who was so smitten with her, that he divorced his wife, and married Sangeeta. Her Islamic name is Ayesha Azhar, and she has two step-sons from Azhar's previous marriage.
Their marriage, though intact, has gone through considerable challenges when Azhar's life finances came under close scrutiny after match fixing charges were brought against a number of cricketers, and as a result their residence on Hill Road, Bandra, was raided by authorities.
Nothwithstanding the above, Azhar and Sangeeta are still together and have financed a company called Azhar Sangeeta Management Services.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
We first saw Parzaan Dastur in a commercial about Dhara oil, where he wanted to leave home because his family did not love him.
But we fell in love with him when he played the silent Sikh boy in Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Today, Parzaan looks very different from his KKHH days, when he was seven years old. Now aged 15, Parzaan will be seen in this Friday's release, Parzania.
Parzaan got his first ad because of an aunt, who knew some people in the advertising field. She recommended his name and that's how he bagged his first ad for Dhara. Then aged four, he started his 'career' of appearing in movies and lending his voice in ads.
KKHH was his first film, but there was no need to audition for the boy. He was dressed up like a Sikh and was asked to interact with his parents while his pictures were being clicked. Next, he landed the role in the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer.
Ask him about working with SRK and Parzaan says, "It was a wonderful experience. He was very kind. Kajol was very friendly. They would play with us between shots. I did not have any scenes with Salman Khan, so I did not get a chance to interact with him. But I clicked pictures with him."
Shah Rukh, incidentally, happens to be Parzaan's favourite star.
"We shot for about 20 days," Parzaan adds. "We were in a cordoned area and there were many indoor and outdoor games for children. We could roam around and play whenever we were not shooting. This was done for the children, as we were all far away from home, in Ooty."
Parzaan worked with Parzania director Rahul Dholakia for the first time in Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar. So the comfort level for Parzania was established because the two knew each other very well.
"Even when I made mistakes, he would correct me nicely," he says.
So was it coincidence that Parzaan's name matched the film title so well? "I was very happy to know that the movie is based on my real name!" He exclaims. "I was really excited, as the story is also very different from what I have done before. It is based on a real life incident."
Talking about the film, he says, "Even though Parzania is serious, I don't have many serious scenes. Most of the seriousness comes after my role is over. I play a 10-year-old boy, who is very happy. Suddenly when the riots break, my parents (Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika) lose me. Then, they begin their search for me."
"There are some riot scenes in which I am involved. But those scenes were not traumatising," Parzaan continues. "I was running between violence, fire and riots, but I could cope with the scenes."
"Working with great actors like Naseeruddin and Sarika was excellent. You can learn a lot from them. They inspire you to do better. They treated me like their son off camera as well."
Naseer would also help him when he made mistakes. He would guide him on how to do a scene.
The riot scenes were the most difficult for him, as he had to run barefoot through fires. "When I was told I had to run across fire, I thought they were kidding. Then, I realised that I actually had to do it, and I got scared. I was just 12 years old then. But it went well. Only, I injured my toe very badly during a stampede scene."
While actors are usually nervous about their Friday releases, Parzaan feels nervousness of a different kind. "My board exams are coming up, and I am very tensed. But I want this film to do well as everyone has put in a lot of effort," he says.
So will he become an actor when he grows up? "I am learning to play the piano now. I have given some exams from Trinity College. Someday, I will become a music composer," he signs off.
Courtesy Rediff Movies
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Agency: JWT, India
Creative Director & Writer: Senthil Kumar
Art Director: Hital Pandya
Director & Animation: E Suresh
But surprising to have such an ad come out of the Indian wing of JWT.
Very creative indeed but why would the woman in Levi's Jeans be portrayed as a Black Widow? Killing the man she makes out with in the car after hounding him down??
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Trivia Courtesy Wikipedia
Cap'n Crunch was featured in the song, "Today 4 U" in the Broadway musical "Rent" (see Rent (musical)).
Cap'n Crunch is featured in the lyrics of the 1974 Ronnie Milsap song, "Pure Love."
In the beginning of the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Eat It," Cap'n Crunch is mentioned, along with Raisin Bran.
Thrash metal band M.O.D. have a song about the character, "Cap'n Crunch" which appears on their "Gross Misconduct" album.
Neal Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon contains several pages about the procedure of eating Cap'n Crunch
In the VeggieTales Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", Mr. Lunt tells Pa Grape "I think you look like Cap'n Crunch!" In the cover version by Relient K, this gag is referenced by the line "we don't wake up before lunch, but we all eat Cap'n Crunch"
In "There's Something About Paulie", a Season 2 episode of Family Guy, The Cap'n appears in a scene where he asks a Mafia Don to kill Count Chocula. When the Don asks why, The Cap'n responds "Because that son of a bitch has been spreading lies about me! My cereal does NOT cut the roof of your mouth!".
The Cap'n also appears in season 2 of Family Guy in "Let's Go To The Hop", as a member of The Breakfast Club
In season 1 of Robot Chicken, episode 18, "The Sack" a parody of The Cap'n (along with Tony the Tiger) defends a drug dealer's mansion from the authorities, proclaiming, "Their bones will stay crunchy, even when soaked in blood!"
Cap'n Crunch appears in an episode of Futurama where he was promoted to "Admiral Crunch", along with the promotion of Count Chocula to Archduke.
Early Cap'n Crunch cartoons were brought to us by Jay Ward Studios, best known as the makers of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
In 2006, as part of a promotion for Superman Returns, Quaker sold a Superman Cap'n Crunch cereal that turns milk blue.
In one episode of The Powerpuff Girls, there was a cereal called "Lucky Cap'n Rabbit King Nuggets". The cereal and mascot are parodies of Cap'n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix, and King Vitaman.
The Primus song "Frizzle Fry" contains the lyric, "I do believe in Captain Crunch."
Cap'n Crunch plays a prominent role in a piece of the theatrical shows of Blue Man Group. In the piece, the "Blue Men" make music by crunching the cereal in their mouths.
In season 2 of Friends, episode 16, "The One Where Joey Moves Out," Joey offhandedly comments to Chandler, "Man, this is weird. Did you ever notice Cap'n Crunch's eyebrows are actually on his hat?"
In the movie 100 Girls, Emmanuelle Chriqui's character states that she eats Cap'n Crunch to get her in "the mood".
In Ugly Betty, Wilhelmina Slater's daughter's favourite cereal is Cap'n Crunch.
The Scribe TMM at 5/22/2007 02:53:00 PM