Thursday, October 8, 2009

Aamir Khan

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Date of Birth
14 March 1965, Mumbai, India


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) -- he was the youngest child in the trio. He 'quit' movies and went on to become the state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir also fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir's wife Reena even appears in the song "Papa Kehte Hain" that made him the darling of the nation. From the tremendous success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which was released when he was 23, he has blossomed into India's finest actor. His list of sterling performances include Dil (1990), _Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990)_, _Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)_, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Rangeela (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999).

His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and International critics. Using classic "method acting", Aamir acts in all genres of Indian films - comedy, action, drama and romance. Though he performs in few films, Aamir Khan is acknowleged today as the most complete Indian actor for his diverse choice of roles and films.

Mini Biography
Aamir khan was born on March 14 1965 in Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai in India in a conservative Muslim family which has been part of Hindi Film Industry for a long time. Aamir first came on screen as a child artiste in the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), it was not a real part just a blink and miss appearance in the title song of the film. He later appeared in the art film Holi(1984)along with his friend and later his director Ashutosh Gowariker, the film also starred Naseeruddin Shah. Subsequently he went on to become the state tennis champion of Maharashtra. Sometime before his debut film Aamir fell in love with a girl in his neighborhood Reena. Since she belonged to a Hindu family and he from devout Muslim family, they faced opposition and therefore they married secretly, later they revealed it to the world after QSQT was released. In 1988 came Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak his first film as a lead, the film was a run away success and he achieved instant stardom (the film is now considered a classic of Hindi Cinema).In his second film Raakh (a small, art film) he did a complete opposite role from the lover boy of his first film, his breakthrough performance in this film bagged him the National Film Award of Special Jury. Afterwards he signed a few not so good films which failed at the box office. In the year 1990 he delivered the biggest grosser of the year in the form of Dil and since then he has not looked back giving several commercial and critical hits, his superlative performances include films like Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Parampara(1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Baazi(1995), Rangeela (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum(1995) ,Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq(1997), Earth(1998), Ghulam (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Dil Chahta Hai(2001), Lagaan(2001), Mangal Panday(2005), Fanaa(2006) and Rang De Basanti(2006).

In 2007 he turned director with the film Taare Zameen Par which not only brought him immense critical acclaim but was a huge box office success. Many of his films are considered as cult classics like Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and Andaz Apna Apna. He divorced his first wife in December 2001 and married Kiran Rao in December 2005.

Aamir Khan, a method actor, his range of characterizations remains unparalleled and because of this diversity and his ability to portray different characters believably on screen, today he is regarded as not only one of the biggest Superstars but also one of the finest actors of Indian Cinema.

Kiran Rao (December 2005 - present)
Reena Dutta (18 April 1986 - December 2002) 2 children

Was offered the role of Rahul Mehra in Darr (1993).

Refuses to accept the usual awards from Indian trade magazines such as Filmfare.

Known as perfectionist who insists on getting a finished script before committing to a film and also refuses to work on more than one film at a time, both very unusual for Bollywood where actors usually work in several films at a time and script details are often improvised on the day of shooting.

One of the three Khans that ruled Bollywood in the 90s. The other two are Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.

Son of Tahir Hussain, brother of Faisal Khan, Farhat Khan and Nikhat Khan

Nephew of Nasir Hussain

Cousin of Mansoor Khan

Files for divorce from wife Reena on December 9, 2002.

Awarded Padma Bhushan for the year 2003 by the Government of India.

Recently had another child with his ex-girlfriend, English writer Jessica Hines, who delivered their son, Jaan Harry Hines, on September 14 2003.

Uncle of Imran Khan.

Has 2 children with ex-wife Reena: a son, Junaid, and a daughter, Ira.

Mother is Zeenat Hussain. Sometimes she is referred to as Zeena Hussain.

After his first marriage he took another flat in the same building where he lived with his parents, and started living there.

Has been a big fan of Alfred Hitchkock stories.

Visited Pakistan for fund raising of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital on invitation by the cricketer Imran Khan.

Formed a popular on-screen pair with Juhi Chawla

Shares a birthday with Michael Caine, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Quincy Jones, Chris Klein, & Jamie Bell

The Press Trust of India reported Khan will marry girlfriend Kiran Rao in Panchgani, India on 1 January 2006. It later reported Khan and Rao married in a small ceremony at his home in Mumbai, India on 28 December 2005.

Highest paid actor in Bollywood.

Time magazine refers to him as the Indian 'Sean Penn'.

Very close friends with Rani Mukherjee and Urmila Montondkar.

His ancestors hail from Afghanistan.

Has a reputation for shunning award ceremonies and avoiding the glare of the media.

Turned down Madame Tussaud's offer to immortalize him in a wax statue.

Cites Daniel Day-Lewis and Dilip Kumar as his favorite actors.

Is a Tennis-enthusiast, and particularly admires Roger Federer.

Personal Quotes

Every film I do means a lot to me. The failure of Mela, definitely made a difference to me. I am not comfortable with the idea of my films not releasing to their full potential.

"There's a lot of talent both in India and Pakistan. I think the talent in both these two countries should come together and entertain the world audience. If the right offer and opportunity comes my way, I'd love to do a movie in Pakistan." (12 May 2006)

Film making is like fighting a war with leadership at the front.

I found that what happened 150 years ago was happening again with Americans entering other countries and exploiting them but pretending they were doing a favor. It was this contemporary feel that attracted me.

My son is a harsh critic.

I enjoy the love I receive from my fans and my audience. But I think I know what is real for me and what is not.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sonam Kapoor

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Date of Birth
9 June 1985, Chembur, Maharashtra, India

Birth Name

Sonam Anil Kapoor


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Biography
Sonam was born on June 9, 1985 in Chembur, Bombay, India in the Kapoor family, which consists of Punjabi-speaking dad, Anil, Sindhi-speaking mom, Sunita (nee Bhambhani), sister, Rhea and brother, Harshwardhana. She is the niece of film-maker Boney Kapoor, and actor, Sanjay Kapoor. The family has good connections within the Indian movie industry commonly known as Bollywood. Boney's wife is noted yesteryear film actress Sridevi. Her cousin, Arjun, Boney's son is an up and coming movie director.

She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir and majored in Theater Arts and Chinese History from United World College of East Asia. She then also majored in Political Science and Economics from Bombay University.

She was considerably overweight, but when she decided to act, she shed those extra pounds, took good care of her skin and eyebrows, also took dance lessons, as well as acting and diction classes. Her mom, who came from a business family, did not initially approve of her taking to acting and preferred that she get a college education, and then eventually marry and settle down.

She assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the filming of 'Black' and often went to Mumbai's notorious Chor Bazar near Grant Road Railway Station to shop for props.

She has made her first appearance in Bollywood with 'Saanwariya' opposite another débutante, Ranbir Kapoor, the son of Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor.

A person of varied interests she loves to read, write, paint, go shopping, and play video games, basket-ball and squash. She is proficient in Sindhi, Hindi, English and Punjabi.

Is the daughter of the evergreen Indian Film Star, Anil Kapoor

Her favorite songs are Jab Koyi Baat Bigad Jaye, Raat Kali Ek Khwaab Mein aaye. Then there's her old time favorites Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Strangers In The Night. She also likes Choli Ke Peeche, Aaj Mein Upar Aasmaan Neeche from the movie Khamoshi: The Musical (1996). Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha. All of A.R. Rahman's music and her favorite band is Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Favorite movies are all of Satyajit Ray's films (especially Pather Panchali (1955)), all of Raj Kapoor movies, Guide (1965), Mr India (1987), Devdas (2002/I), Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968/I), Titanic (1997), Bandini (1963), All of Steven Spielberg's movies (especially Schindler's List (1993)), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). She likes all love stories.

Favorite books are Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, The Mahabharata because she finds it so positive and gives her hope all the time, 'Patrick Suskind''s Perfume, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's books including Mistress of Spices, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and books by all the Bronte sisters.

Favorite brands are Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Dior.

Enjoys reading, shopping, writing, playing squash and basketball, video games and painting.

Went to university at Bombay University (Majoring in Economics and Political Science).

Went to high school at the United World College of South East Asia, finishing the International Baccalaureate program.

Studied in Arya Vidya Mandhir school.

Her favorite director is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Her favorite actresses are Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Tabu, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra.

Favorite actor is her father Anil Kapoor.

Sonam was never interested in acting. Direction and writing were her basic interests, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali showed so much confidence in her that he wanted her to be in his film.

Loves to dance. She is trained in Kathak, classical music, and Latin dance.

Speaks Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and English all fluently.

Was born in Chembur which is the suburb of Mumbai located in India.

Uncles are producer Boney Kapoor and actor Sanjay Kapoor. Her aunt is actress Sridevi.

Siblings are sister Rhea & brother Harsh Kapoor.

Weighed over 80 kilograms (about 180 pounds) when offered Saawariya (2007). After she returned from Singapore, she got into weight training with Shervir and Monisha as well as artistic yoga with Bharat Thakur.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Harman Baweja

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Date of Birth: 13 November, 1980
Place of Birth: Chandigarh, India

Harman Baweja hit fast forward with his debut Love Story 2050. One of the newest stars on the scene, he is dating queen bee Priyanka Chopra.
Harman Baweja was born in Chandigarh, Punjab on the 13th November 1980 to director Harry Baweja and producer Pammi Baweja, who are Jat Sikhs.
He did his schooling at Jamnabhai Narsee School. He also took some acting lessons at the Kishore Namit Kapoor’s Acting Institute.
Harman is dating Priyanka Chopra, his co-star from Love Story 2050.
Love Story 2050
Harman’s debut, the sci-fi Love Story 2050, was written & directed by his father and produced by his mother. It was released alongside Aamir Khan’s nephew Imran Khan’s debut Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na that was more popular with viewers. The movie recorded a poor response.
The year 2009 might just turn up his hit factor with movies like the cricket oriented Victory with Amrita Rao; the remake of Telugu hit Bommarillu, It’s My Life with Genelia D’Souza and Nana Patekar and Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Rashee, his second movie with girlfriend Priyanka Chopra.

Harman Baweja Trivia
He is the son of director Harry Baweja and producer Pammi Baweja. His debut film in Bollywood is Love Story 2050 directed by his father and produced by his mother.