Kunal Kapoor: the Indian BOND!!
This 6’2’’ long Indian actor, Kunal Kapoor, is best known for his unkempt hair and unshaven look, which makes him a favorite among his fans. Kunal Kapoor has got Greek-God like features, which make quite and unique looking actor. He was born on 18th October , 1975. This good looking Indian actor has acted on stage and was with Motley, a theatre group run by Naseeruddin Shah. Before making into films, Kunal Kapoor has assisted as a director to Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra, in his film ‘Aks’, which had Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Nandita Das and Raveena Tandon. Kunal Kapoor made his debut in the movie directed by the famous painter M.F. Hussain. The name of the movie was ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’ released in 2004. He was paired opposite Tabu.
The movie, which changed the course of Kunal Kapoor’s film career, is ‘Rang De Basanti’ directed by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra in 2006. It was a multi-starer film including Aamir Khan. The film was a huge grosser of 2006 and it changed the pattern of movies in the film industry. The movie was both critically and commercially successful. The film gave Kunal Kapoor the nomination of ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor’. After ‘RDB’ it is famously called came a number of movies which include ‘Hattrick’, ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’and ‘Aaja Naachle’. He has featured in the advertisement of Thumbs Up and he is also the brand ambassador of Indian Terrain. This movie buff practices Goju-Ryu karate, which is a form of martial arts. Kunal Kapoor has won the Star’s Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero in 2006.
Action Superhero: Akshay Kumar
This super-stylish actor from Bollywood is one of the top paid actors. He was born on September 9, 1967. This Indian actor has appeared in almost 80 movies by far. Primarily he made his mark as an action hero of Bollywood but in the recent years he has proved to portrait every role very efficiently. Before coming into Bollywood, Akshay used to work as Chef and he is very good at martial arts. The birth name of Akshay Kumar is Rajiv Om Bhatia. He was a student of Don Bosco School. He has come from a non-film background and despite that fact, he has given some superb performances in the films.
In the recent past, Akshay has evolved as the superstar of Bollywood along with Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. He has won the ‘Filmfare Best Villain Award’ for the movie ‘Ajnabee’(2001). He is one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood. Last year, Akshay had four releases and four of them have proved to be huge hits. His career reached great heights after the movie ‘Hera-Pheri’. In the recent past, Akshay has given the maximum hits. His movies include ‘Khiladi’, ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anadi’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Aitraaz’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Naamstey London’, ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Bhul Bhulaiya’ and lots of others. Akshay Kumar has a huge fan following and he will certainly give more commendable performance in the coming years. With such a deadly physique and a great sense of humor, Akshay Kumar ruled the Bollywood sets last year and will continue to do so, in the days to come.
The cute Amrita Rao !
One of the cutest looking female actors of Bollywood is Amrita Rao. This Bollywood actress was born on 7th June, 1981 and has remained a successful and popular model. At the beginning of her career, Amrita was a model and has featured in a number of advertisements which include: Cadbury’s Perk and Bru Coffee. These advertisements helped Amrita get offers for films by many filmmakers. The school where Amrita has studied is C.G High School and she took admission in Sophia College for pursuing a degree in psychology. When she was in college, she gave audition for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream and was chosen amongst 60 other participants. This helped Amrita to become one of the sought after models in India.
It was after completing her education that Amrita Rao went into films. Her debut was ‘Ab Ke Baras’ in 2002 opposite Arya Babbar, the son of the popular yester actor Raj Babbar. This film did not fair well at the box office. In 2003, she appeared opposite the then newcomer Shahid Kapur in the Ken Ghosh directed film ‘Isqh Vishk’ which became a huge hit of the year. Here she portrayed the image of a girl next door. In 2004, Amrita had two releases and both of the films proved to be big hits. One was ‘Main Hoon Na’ which starred Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan ,Sushmita Sen and Suneil Shetty and ‘Maasti’, where she was paired opposite Vivek Oberoi. The hit film ‘Vivah’ (2006) opposite Shahid Kapur gave Amrita Rao loads of appreciation and won her a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.
Ritesh Deshmukh has a lot of promise!
Ritesh Deshmukh, the son of the Chief Minister of Maharastra, Vilasrao Deshmukh is better known as the upcoming star of Indian films, especially`Bollywood. Ritesh was born in Latur city in Marathwada, Maharastra on December 17, 1978. He has completed his schooling from G.D Somani High School and has graduated from the Kamala Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai. After completing his education he has worked in the New York City and has also studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ which was released in 2003 proved to be the debut movie for Ritesh Deshmukh. The film was an average hit at the box office and had Vievek Oberoi, Amrita Rao, Aftab Shivdashani, Ajay Devgan and others in prominent roles.
After the famous comedy film ‘Maasti’ which came in 2004, Ritesh became a known face and helped him to get established as an actor. Ritesh Deshmukh is known for his perfect comic timing. His other successful comedy films are ‘Kyaa Kool Hai Hum’ , “Malamaal Weekly’ and ;Apna Sapna Money Money’. In 2007, Ritesh had two releases; ‘Cash’ which was a multi starrer film, having Zayed Kahn, Diya Mirza, Shamita Shetty, Ahay Devgan and isha Deol in the lead and ‘Heyy Babyy’ which proved to be a highest grosser of 2007. The film also had Fardeen Khan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Boman Irani. He says that his father’s and mother’s support helped him in his decision to join films. In the recent times, Ritesh is considered as one of the best comic actors and also a promising star of Bollywood. A true gem in the making!
Fardeen Khan: the hunk!
This good-looking son of yesteryear actor Feroz Khan is one of the most popular actors in Bollywood, especially among women. Though he was brought up in India, his education is done abroad. He was born on 8th March, 2008 to a Muslim father and a Hindu mother. From the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the USA, Fardeen has completed his education in Business Management. Fardeen hails from a distinguished family and his family has been in the film industry for years. His father Feroz Khan is both an actor and a director while his uncle is actor Sanjay Khan and his cousin; Zayed Khan is also an actor of Bollywood. In the year 1998, Fardeen Khan made his debut in Bollywood, with the film ‘Prem Aggan’, his father, Feroz Khan, directed the movie. He won the ‘Filmfare Best Debut Male’ award for his performance in the film. This was his first award ever.
The Ram Gopal Verma directed movie ‘Jungle’ which came in 2000 was a hit and this helped Fardeen Khan to establish himself as an actor. In this movie , Fardeen was paired opposite the versatile actress Urmila. In fact, Fardeen and Urmila has done four movies together including ‘Jungle’, the other two are ‘Pyar Tune Kya Kiya’, ‘Om Jai Jagdish’ and ‘Bhoot’. His other noticeable movies are ‘Khushi’(2003), ‘Dev’(2004), ‘No Entry’ , ‘Heyy Babby’ and others. The film ‘Dev’ which came in 2004 gave Fardeen critical acclaim, the movie also had Amitabh Bahchan, Om Puri and Kareena Kapoor in the lead. An actor of a different class, this actor has given performances that will put him in the top spot with the best in Bollywood.
This dimple-cheeked beauty, Gul Panag, has remained the former Miss India. She won this prestigious crown in the year 1999. She has also competed for the Miss Universe pageant and came 6th at the event. Gul is from a family, which has an Army background. Gul Panag’s father is a Lieutenant General in the Indian Army and presently is the Army Commander of the Northern Command. In the year 1979, in Chandigarh, India, Gul was born on 3rd January.
Gul Panag had to change some 14 schools as her father was in a transferable job. Her schools include Kendriya Vidyalaya in the Sector 31 of Chandigarh and Lawrence School, Lovedale Ooty. Gul has completed her bachelor degree in Maths from Punjab University, Patiala and her masters in Political Science from Punjab University. Before winning the Miss India pageant, Gul has also won the Colgate Miss Beautiful Smile contest in Chennai. After winning the Miss India crown, film offers came flooding in and also various music videos and advertisements. She is most beautiful and glamorous looking actress of Indian films. Gul panag has now a very high position in the glamour world. She has done serials named ‘Dhoop’ and ‘Kashmeer’. She had earlier done a film called ‘Jurm’ but it was with ‘Dor’ that Gul calimed to fame as Zeenat. The other film where she has acted is ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’. Gul now has various films in her store where she will be again able to prove herself as a good actress of Bollywood.
Jiah Khan is sexy and smart and she is a household name today. She is known more for her foreign accent and sex appeal than for her acting. Jiah Khan was born in New York on 20th February. She is the daughter of a Muslim Indian American, Ali Rizvi Khan and actress Rabia Amim. Though Jiah was born in New York, she grew up in London. After Angelina Jolie’s movie GIA, Jaih Khan changed her name from Nafisa to Jiah. She has completed her A levels in film studies and literature in London. Jiah has also been a student of Lee Strasberg Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She made her debut in the year 2007 with the film ‘Nishabd’. It was a much debated and controversial movie directed by Ram Gopal Verma where she played the love interest of a much old person, played by Amitabh Bachchan. The film although received mixed reviews, began Jiah Khan’s career at Bollywood in style.
Jiah Khan has got yet another golden opportunity to share screen with Aamir Khan and Asin Thottumkal in A.R. Murugadoss’s Ghajini Hindi remake. Sajid Khan of ‘Heyy Babyy’ fame has also signed Jiah for his next movie ‘Housefull’ which will also star Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Ritesh Deshmukh. Jaih’s childhood favorite movies are ‘Rangeela’ and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’. She likes listening to Aaliyah and her role model is her mother who has a passion for singing and is formally trained in classical opera. She knows as many as five different forms of dancing. Jiah Khan has great potential to become an actress of great worth in the near future.