Rahul Bose: Mainstream or art house ?
Rahul Bose who is a skilled actor of Indian cinema is a social activist and also a rugby player and represents the Indian team. He fell in love with theatre ever since he started acting at the age of six, the n he had played a lead role in his school play, ‘Tom, the Piper’s Son’. As his acting grew with him, he played the lead role in Tim Murari’s ‘The Square Circle’ at the Leicester Haymarket in England. Rahul Bose was born on July 27, 1967, he has spent his childhood in Kolkata, later moved to Mumbai with his family. He was a student of the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai and has done his graduation form Sydenham College.
‘English, August’ which was directed by Dev Benegal was his first film. Rahul Bose is considered as one of the most versatile and natural actors of Indian films. Before coming into films, Rahul has remained an advertising copywriter, worked for the Rediffusion advertising agency in Mumbai. For the film ‘Split Wide Open’ Rahul won the Best Actor at the Singapore Film Festival. His almost all films are excellent and his performance in every film of his is appreciated. The films where he has given a commendable performance are Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, and ‘Jhankaar Beats’, these are all international awards-winning films, ‘Chameli’, ‘Everybody Says I am Fine’ for which he won the ‘John Schlesinger Award – Honorable Mention’. He has been called by the ‘Time’ magazine ‘the superstar of Indian art house cinema’.
One of the most promising upcoming actors of Bollywood is definitely Kunal Khemu. Kunal who was born on 25th May, 1983 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir was a popular child artist. Kunal was student of Niranjanlal Dalmia High School and had graduated from Narsee Monjee College in Mumbai. His childhood was spent in Mira Road which is a suburb outside Mumbai. Kunal was both good at studies and at soprts.
Kuanl started his acting career in 1987 as child artist in the television serial ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfam’. Later on, Kunal appeared in films and his first film was ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke’ which came in the year 1993. In this 93 superhit, Kunal appeared as a child artist and he played the role of nephew of the lead actor Aamir Khan. He has done a number of films as a child actor, the popular one include ‘Raja Hindustani’ in 1996 again with Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor and ‘Zakhm’ which was released in1998, here he played the young Ajay Devgan. For the latter one, Kunal had received praises by both the audiences and the critics. His debut movie as a leading actor was ‘Kalyug’ which came in the year 2005.
The film was both critically and commercially successful. The movie was directed by Mohit Suri. His other films include Madhur Bhandarkar directed ‘Traffic Signal’, ‘Dhol’ and ‘Superstar’. Kunal is now all set to act in an English Bollywood movie ‘When Harry Tried to Marry’ which will be directed by Nayan Pandrai.
Susmita Sen: gorgeous beauty !
The first woman from India to win the prestigious Miss Universe pageant was Sushmita Sen, also a popular actress of the Indian film industry. She was born on the 19th of November, 1975, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Sushmita Sen is the perfect example of beauty with brains. In the year 1994, after winning the Miss India contest which also had the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as one of its contestants. Sushmita went to represent India in the Miss Universe contest and was successful in winning the pageant, which was held in Manila, Philippines.
Susmita Sen was born to a Bengali family and her father Shubeer Sen is a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander, while her mother Subhra Sen has worked as a fashion and jewelry artist. Sushmita Sen is a single mother as she has adopted a girl child in the year 2000. Her debut movie was ‘Dastak’, where she played the role of a star who is a victim of stalker. The film did not fare well at the box office and her first hit is ‘Biwi No.1’ which was directed by David Dhawan and had Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Tabu. This film fetched her first award ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. By far, her biggest hit is ‘Main Hoon Na’ which came in the year 2004 is Farah Khan directorial debut. Susmita Sen was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her other films include ‘Main Aisa Hi Hoon’, ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Hiya’, ‘Zindeggi Rocks’ ‘Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag’.
Lara the dusky Dutta !
This Bollywood beauty with brains, Lara Dutta, was born on 6th April, 1978 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. In 1981, her family had moved to Bangalore where she completed her schooling from St. Francis Xavier Girl’s High School. Lara Dutta has done her graduation in Economics from Bombay University at Bangalore. Her father was the Wing Commander and her mother is of British origin. In 1997, Lara won the Gladrags modeling competition, which won her the right to be the first representative at the 1997 Miss International pageant. In 2000 Lara Dutta became the second Indian after Sushmita Sen to win the crown of Miss Universe held at Cyprus.
This winning crown led Lara Dutta to get appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. This prestigious award gave her the opportunity to get offers from several Bollywood moviemakers. Her first on screen appearance was in the movie ‘Andaaz; in 2003 which also starred Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra. The film became a super hit of the year and earned Lara Dutt her first award ever ‘Filmfare Best Female Debut Award’. She was appreciated for her role in the movie. After ‘Andaaz’ came a bucketful of other movies which include ‘Kaal’, ‘No Entry’, ‘Maasti’ and many others. Her movies of 2007 include ‘Partner’ which proved to be a huge hit, ‘Bhagam Bhag’ and ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’. Lara Dutta has a flair for writing and is well known for her good sense of humour. This famous actress has more to deliver which will surely make her career rise sky high.
Rakhi Sawant: the item girl
The name known to every Indian young, old, big and small is Rakhi Sawant. She is an Indian model and also an actress of Bollywood. She is better known for her dancing skills, than for her acting capabilities. She is the daughter of a Mumbai policeman. This straightforward item girl of the film industry has always been hitting the headlines for some reasons or the other. Rakhi Sawant has started her career as a bar dancer. Her school is Goklibai School. She made her breakthrough in 2003 as an item dancer in the film ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne’, the song she featured in was an item number ‘Mohabbat hai mirchi’ which became a huge hit.
This popular item girl,Rakhi Sawant, was one of the housemates in the 2006 show ‘Bigg Boss’ which is the Indian version of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ produced by Endemol India for Sony Entertainment. Recently in 2007 she along with Abhishek Awasti, had participated in ‘Nach Baliye 3’, which was aired in Star Plus. She and her partner ended up being the runner-up, losing the crown to Amir Ali and Sanjida Sheikh. Rakhi Sawant is also a lifetime member of the International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film and Television. She has been featured in many item numbers of Bollywood and numerous music videos. Rakhi Sawant has even done small roles in films like ‘Maast’, ‘Main Hoon Na’. Keep it up Rakhi Sawant !
Abhishek Bachchan: Following his fathers footsteps
Abhishek Bachchan , better known as Junior B is a very versatile actor of the Indian film industry. Abhsihek is the son of the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and the versatile actress Jaya Bachchan. Abhishek was born on February 5, 1976 in Mumbai , India and had attended the Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai. He has also studied in the Aiglon College in Switzerland and has completed his education from Boston University.
Abhishek’s first movie was ‘Refugee’ which was directed by the renowned filmmaker J.P.Dutta, it was also the debut movie of Kareena Kapoor. The movie released in the year 2000 and Abhishek was appreciated for his performance. Then came a bunch of other movies most of which were a failure at the box office.
In 2004, Abhishek delivered his first hit with the movie ‘Yuva’ which was directed by Mani Ratnam and had Rani Mukherjee , Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi and Esha Deol in the lead. In this movie, Abhishek gave a critically acclaimed performance and he earned his first award ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Male’. His other 2004 hits include ‘Dhoom’ where he played the role of a cop. This movie helped to establish himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood. Abhishek was also part of Mani Ratnam’s stage show ‘Netru, Indru, Naalai’. The movies where he gave commendable performance are ‘Yuva’, ‘Sarkar’ which was directed by Ram Gopal Verma and also had his father Amitabh Bachchan in the lead, ‘Guru’ directed by Mani Ratnam, opposite Aishwarya Rai
The Punjabi beauty: Minnisha lamba
Minnisha Lamba is the new face in the film industry. This pretty girl hails from a Punjabi speaking Sikh family. She was born on 1st January in New Delhi. This Indian actress is well-placed in Bolywood. Minnisha has done majors in English and her education is from Miranda House, Delhi. She never wanted to act in films and had the intention of completing her education and then concentrate in the academic career. With her academic career in place she had also hoped to do modeling.
During her graduation years she has tried to get a foothold in the modeling industry. Unexpectedly she got her first break in the advertisement of Cadbury’s dairy milk. Then she went on to many more television commercials for instance LG, Sony, Hakmola, Airtel, Sunsilk and numerous others. Minnisha Lamba’s father is into hospitality business, which gave her the opportunity to travel over the world and also meet different people.
This new popular face of Bollywood appeared in the movie ‘Yahaan’ which is Minnisha Lamba’s debut film. This movie was directed by Shoojit Sircar and it also stars Jimi Shergill. Minnisha was appreciated for her acting; she has given a graceful performance in the film. The role of Kate Winslet in the famous movie ‘Titanic’ is Minnisha’s dream role. By far she has acted in a number of movies. Her others movies include ‘Corporate’, ‘Rocky-The Rebel’, ‘Dus Kahaniyaan’, ‘Anthony Kaun Hai’, ‘Honeymoon Travel Pvt. Ltd.’ And few others. Her upcoming movies include one under the Yashraj banner among many others. All the best Minnisha Lamba !