One look at the promos of Kambakkht Ishq and you can’t help but notice Kareena Kapoor’s vertiginous heels.
Stylist Aki Narula, who shopped all over Milan for Kareena’s wardrobe for the film, says she’s India’s answer to Sarah Jessica Parker in the movie. We love the white bondage type shoes she wears with a floral dress and the printed ganji-mini; the hot pink ones with black ankle strap that livens up the black sequinned number; and the scarlet ones with a corsage that take away the goody-two-shoe-ness of the canary yellow floral outfit. The peach outfit would have washed Bebo out if it weren’t for the burgundy shoes with the cut-out wedges. Another striking ensemble is the white ganji-bloomers with the bubblegum pink corset and metallic green heels.
Fifty two five-inch high shoes were hand-picked by the designer in Milan over 10 days. To keep the impact of the shoes and outfits strong, Kareena wears almost no jewellery, save for strong cuffs. “She didn’t get out of the heels once she got into them. She walked, danced and ran all over the cobbled streets of Venice in them,” says Aki.
Dude, women have never let discomfort come in the way of a great pair of heels. And now, ladies, time to drool... take a look at the pics of Kareena!
Deepika Padukone will have a trial of her upcoming film. She plans to invite her boyfriend, parents, close friends and "all the wonderful people" in her life. Guess who isn't one of them...
Deepika Padukone is planning to hold a special trial of her film Love Aaj Kal. Guess who isn't on the guest list? LAK producer, Saif Ali Khan's girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor.
Director Imtiaz Ali wanted Dippy for the film, while producer Saif later confessed he regretted not having Bebo in the film.
Deepika says, "Love Aaj Kal is a special film. And I'm planning to have a special screening for all the special people in my life my family, my boyfriend, my four best friends Sneha, Divya, Hiteshi and Srila from Bangalore, Farah Khan (her first film Om Shanti Om's director) Shah Rukh (her first producer and co-star) and others who made my journey in life and career unforgettable for me. I want to show this film to all the wonderful people in my life." While it's obvious her producer and co-star in Love Aaj Kal Saif Ali Khan will be part of the trial, his girlfriend Kareena won't be invited.
The actress recalls one scene that she loves from the film. "It was at a typical Punjabi dhaba in Delhi. I was supposed to get drunk and get up on a table and dance. I was to lose my balance and fall, and Saif was supposed to grab me and break my fall. But he misjudged where I was going to fall, I lost my step and almost fell on the ground flat on my face! Fortunately, Saif managed to grab the end of my kurta and I didn't hurt myself badly. It was a difficult scene, because I don't drink at all so I had to imagine how it is to really get drunk!"
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson had a tryst with this celluloid city 13 years ago, when he mesmerised thousands of Mumbaikars with his performance at a concert. Jackson performed at a packed concert here in 1996.
The event was organised by Shiv Udyog Sena, an outfit floated by then Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray with the objective of providing jobs to 27 lakh youth in Maharashtra.
The pop star arrived in Mumbai on October 30 and was greeted in traditional Indian style by actress Sonali Bendre, who wore a traditional Maharashtrian saree for the occasion. The actress welcomed Jackson by performing aarti and applying tilak on his forehead, at the Mumbai airport.
The pop star, when being driven in a 20-car motorcade from the air port, stopped his Toyota to meet the urchins lined up along the highway to catch a glimpse of him.
Jackson visited Sena chief Bal Thackeray's residence, Matoshree, in suburban Bandra. The Thackerays presented him with a silver tabla and tanpura.
During his stay at The Oberoi Hotel, Jackson surprised the entire staff by mingling freely among his fans, who thronged at the hotel to catch a glimpse of the King of Pop. "He greeted his fans with smiles and by blowing kisses and shook hands with as many of them as possible," hotel sources recount.
During his stay in Mumbai, Jackson relished several Indian cuisine, including South Indian and Mughlai. While the pop star had masala dosa and spicy alu paranthas with butter in breakfasts, his other meals mainly comprised of butter naans, butter chicken, tandoori chicken and spicy vegetable curries, sources in Oberoi Hotel said.
Children from orphanages were invited to meet and play with him at a high tea organised at the hotel pool side. He gave them gifts and chocolates that he had brought with him.
The hotel sources had then said there was a party for kids organised in his room as well, on the day of the show itself. About 50 children were invited and he ordered cakes and burgers for them.
The over two-hour long performance on November 1 at the Andheri Sports Complex was a spectacular event, with fans lapping up every moment. For the show, Jackson flew in equipment in three Russian cargo planes.
Jackson's Mumbai tour had also triggered controversy with critics questioning Sena's notions of culture. They saw something alien in the values the singer represented and said "Who is Michael Jackson and how on earth is he linked to Hindu culture."
Bal Thackeray responded the critics saying "Jackson is a great artist, and we must accept him as an artist. His movements are terrific. Not many people can dance that way. You will end up breaking your bones."
"And, well what is culture? He represents certain values in America, which India should not have any qualms in accepting. We would like to accept that part of America that is represented by Jackson," he had said.
As a teenager chasing pop music in 1980, it was always a tough ask to get our hands on new music back then. Me? I knew someone who knew someone who was cabin crew with Air India so there would be LPs filtering in every now and then. “Have you heard Michael Jackson”? she asked.
“Never” I replied, instinctively picturing a young white dude, maybe like David Cassidy. “But did you get my Billy Joel LP?” I asked.
“Forget Billy Joel, this guy is much better” she said, as she gave me a copy of ‘Off The Wall’.
Oh no! It’s a black dude! “So, is it like Pink Floyd’s The Wall” I enquired.
She smirked, told me I would thank her tomorrow, and left.
I have to admit that I was attracted to disco music for an extremely short time and playing ‘Off The Wall’ was socially embarrassing for me in 1980. For someone into The Police, REO Speedwagon and Floyd, the gender-bender Jackson vibe was just too cold. Plus, where are the guitars man? With just a single spin, the LP was back in its smiling cover, replaced by the reassuring crunch of AC/DC’s Back in Black.
Cut to 1984: Doordarshan is somehow showing western music videos once a week. The whole gang is sitting in front of the TV, dying to know what exactly our rock stars look like. Billie Jean comes on. And within 30 seconds, all of us knew we were watching something special. The loud banter suddenly died. Open mouthed we watched this matchstick man dance like no person before. And was this even a dance? Then came the moonwalk step. Shucks! How the heck did he do that? All of us are on our feet now, the TV volume was turned up and we started clapping and dancing. Of course it was over all too soon, but the man had made his mark on everyone who absorbed that video. Thriller soon occupied the cassette shelves of everybody, while one of us was even the owner of that red Michael Jackson jacket. Me? I started showing my socks, since the moonwalk was just impossible to do.
Cut to 1993: MTV was part of our life before the channel discovered Bollywood. And Michael had just released ‘Dangerous’. By now, the singer had already started spending his millions on plastic surgery, and was slowly mutating into a gender all his own. And the first single ‘Black Or White’ drove its message of racial harmony in a easily missed twist of reverse irony. Here was a black man’s body trapped in a white man’s mind who was living out his fantasy. The nose sharpened, the lips thinned and the skin lightening was a God sent ailment. What is he saying in the song? That it’s OK to alter one’s looks as long as one is a good human being? Or, as long as one is a good human being, why should a change of look matter anyway?
Cut to 1996: Encouraged by visits from Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and er, Deep Purple, Michael Jackson’s 1996 History Tour decides to perform in Bombay and Delhi. This still is a huge event as far as rock shows go in India. As seen on You-Tube now, this is the show that blew everyone away with its so far unseen combination of choreography, sound and lasers. To really understand how big Michael Jackson was, you just have to recall that in a show of incontrovertible hypocrisy, even perennial pop-culture vigilante Bal Thackeray invited him to his place. There’s really no meatier yardstick to gauge his popularity than this, is there?
Cut to 2009: Inspite of all the allegations, public humiliation, near bankruptcy and a life where he could never blow his nose again, Michael Jackson will only be remembered for the artist he was. He was on the verge of yet another comeback attempt with a staggering 50 sold out shows starting July. He was rehearsing his legs off, recording new songs and one cannot even imagine the kind of show he would put up to prove his point. But in a sudden twist of fate, we have not only lost an entertainer who reached higher than anyone else, but an inspiration to all for whom the world is a stage.
As an era in pop music comes to an end with the sudden death of Michael Jackson, one of the Bollywood best choreographers Farah Khan remembers the' King of Pop'as her guru.
"I officially had no training in dance and whatever I learnt was from watching Michael Jackson by watching his videos, especially'Thriller' over and over again. I consider him as my guru," Farah said.
Jackson died Thursday in Los Angeles due to suspected cardiac arrest. He was 50. Farah said that she heard the news today as she landed in Los Angeles to meet Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan who is shooting in LA for Karan Johar's'My Name Is Khan'.
"I have just landed here to meet Shahrukh. I reached in the hotel and got to know about the sad news. It has not sunk in yet. It is still to sink in that he is no more," Farah said. Farah remembers the'Thriller' hitmaker as"one who revolutionised the way we look at dancing today" also recalled her encounter with the pop superstar in New York at a Bollywood awards night." I had a won an award at the ceremony and Michael Jackson was also getting an award for his humanitarian works.
The organisers knew how crazy I was for him so they did take me to backstage to meet him. I have a picture with him which I will cherish all my life. I told him that I am choreographer and that is just because of him," Farah told CNN-IBN.
"I thought I would retire after I choreograph Michael Jackson,"she added.
He is someone who called himself as 'Bad' and 'Dangerous', and still was loved by one and all, the world over. We are indeed talking about the one and only 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson, the very name who invented the cult 'Moon Walking' dance step. Well, the entire world came to a standstill yesterday when this musical legend breathed his last. He suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away, thus bringing the musical world to a grinding halt!
We spoke to Bollywood's eminent music directors and choreographers for their reactions to MJ's death. This is what they had to say: Sajid (of Sajid-Wajid duo): "It is a big loss for the music industry, and he was a legend of sorts, someone who never paid heed to the image or personality, that he carried and the way we remember Bob Marley, Michael Jackson also falls in the same league. Today is by far a very mournful day for the entire music industry."
A.R. Rahman: "I am shocked at the untimely passing away of Michael Jackson, one of the greatest musicians of our times. MJ, for most of our generation was an icon who made uncompromising music. He pushed the milestone of Pop music to unbelievable levels through the 80s and 90s. I am yet to find an artist with that energy, perfection and vision. I met him personally after the Oscars in Los Angeles and we vibed very well. He said that he loved India and the Indian people. He said he heard good things about me and he was praising the chord progression of Jai Ho's chorus.
He was bursting with energy and told me that every dance move he did came from his soul and did a five second stunning example. It was like a lightning strike. He was concerned about developmental issues such as Global Warming and about wars and its damages to the human community. He asked me to compose a unity anthem on the likes of "We are the World" for him. I nodded in awe...!
He introduced me to his three lovely bright kids. The kids told him "I love you Dad". And he replied, "I love you more" as a proud father. I wished him well for his concerts and he said "God Bless you". After hearing the shocking news, I wished it was another rumor which would fade away soon. It took me time to believe that he is no more. I remember, my late sound engineer H. Sridhar had brought me a video of the premiere of 'Remember the Time' when I was recording 'Kadal Rojave' for my first movie Roja. Seeing it inspired all of us that afternoon.
Now, there is no Sridhar and no Jackson anymore. I hope all of us value people's existence more and respect them when they are alive. LIFE IS SHORT...! Artists and their art live for ever. Jai Ho, MJ! We love you for your music, regardless of all the controversies!"
Vishal Dadlani: "Goodbye, Michael Jackson. The one thing we never let you be was a human being. You went from a God to an alien to a demon. But if we remember you for anything but your music, the failing will be ours. Sorry for all the harassment, thank you for all the music."
Wajid (of Sajid-Wajid duo): "It's indeed very sad news, I was driving when I got this message from someone, I was so shocked that I actually stopped driving and started to think about the man since then. It's actually a very big loss to everyone, because all of us have grown up listening to his songs; he was a real example of a perfect singer and performer... a complete artist. I was in fact looking out for his new album that he was composing, but now everything has come to a stand still and I am at a complete loss for words."
Sukhwinder Singh: "I am totally shocked. Since the time I first heard this news, I felt a great sadness from somewhere deep within."
Jatin Pandit: "A major section of the music industry has been wiped out; he was in a class of his own. I was really fortunate enough to witness his performance when he came down to Bombay. He was a rare combination of performance and talent."
Saroj Khan: "It's a great loss to the world. He was not just a lovely dancer, but also a wonderful creator. I admired him very much. God bless his soul to rest in eternal peace."
Ganesh Hegde: "It's an extremely sad day for the whole industry. His death means a total end to the world of music and an era in itself. There's a lot of reason for the fact that I am here and am what I am today. One of the main reasons is none other than the King of Pop Michael Jackson! He is the one who showed the way to many people like me that rags can surely be transformed into riches.
I still remember the day when I had a chance to meet him just for a minute. And trust me, I must have told him 'Sir, I love you' at least 20 times in 10 seconds. He, very generously said that 'I like it'. That's the most important one minute of my life."