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Bio-medical waste treatment plant to close in Shimla

Shimla:  MC Shimla has received an order from pollution control board to shut down the bio-medical waste treatment plant at Shimla and start the new plant at Solan. Pollution control board has also instructed private operators to manage bio-medical waste treatment plants in Kullu and Pathankot effectively.

The Central Pollution Control Board observed that the operating agencies had not installed compulsory dual-chamber incinerators to check out the discharge of hazardous gases into the air in Himachal Pradesh. The Central Board has questioned the State Board to quickly function the bio-medical waste treatment plant at Solan so that bio-medical waste from the state is gathered and dispose of safely at the plant. Many plants in various parts of state worth crore of rupees were shut down years ago, as they malfunctioned.

Zeenat Aman to walk the ramp at IRFW

New Delhi: Yesteryears glamorous actress Zeenat Aman is all set to walk for designer Riyaz Gangji at the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW), starting Nov 28.

Titled Shimmering Sand, Gangji’s collection takes inspiration from Japanese author Yukio Mishima’s book “The Sound of Waves”. From long flowy gowns and saris for women to jackets and bandhgalas for men, the collection offers something for everyone.

“Zeenat Aman has always been my muse. I believe beach wedding outfits have now become popular across generations and as Zeenat epitomises evergreen beauty, I was very keen on her walking for my show,” Gangji told IANS.

The four-day event will take place at Goa’s popular Candolim beach this year.

“Garments comprise flowy gowns with tails, saris with sensuous bikini blouses with golden and subdued colour tones minimally embellished with applique work,” Gangji told IANS.

Her Men’s line consists of Indian wear with a “contemporary twist in forms of pathanis, jackets and bandhgalas” and she has accessorised it with “chappals, sandals and jute bags”.

Also, actors Bhoop Yaduvanshi and Madhurima Tuli – lead pair from upcoming movie “Cigarette Ki Tarah” – will walk the ramp for the designer.

“Young talents Bhoop and Madhurima with Zeenat on the ramp will make the show picture perfect considering it offers me a variety of garments to show,” said the designer.

Everybody can’t excel in comedy: Telugu comedian

Chennai: Popular Telugu comedian M.S. Narayana, known for his work in “Dookudu”, “King” and “Ready”, feels comedy is an art and everybody can’t champion it.

“In my career spanning over two decades, I’ve never felt that comedy is a department everybody can excel in because it’s an art and only a few are blessed with the talent to entertain. Several people have come and gone as comedians, while only a few managed to be successful,” Narayana told IANS.

The 61-year-old feels comedy can’t be forced upon someone.

“Very few have the talent to make others laugh without being laughed at. You can’t just expect anyone to turn comedian because it’s something that should come naturally, but not when forced on someone. From the very beginning I knew I had to be a comedian, and thus preferred being one,” he added.

Despite being a veteran in the industry, Narayana still finds his roles challenging.

“Not all roles are easy to play and I’ve struggled for some of my roles”, Narayana said.

Do you believe in tailor-made roles?

“Typically, a director chooses an actor hoping he or she would suit the role, but there’s no guarantee because there have been cases of hits and misses. Thankfully, for me, mostly it’s been a case of hits,” he said.

He will be seen in a pivotal role in the upcoming Telugu comedy “Gaja Donga”, and says his character is very important to the context of the film.

He will also be seen in films such as “Damarukam”, “Auto Nagar Surya”, “Baadshah” and “Shadow”.

Shanmugasundaram finds outdoor shooting challenging

Chennai: Tamil cinematographer Shanmugasundaram feels that despite the availability of advanced technology and digital cameras shooting outdoors is a challenging task.

“In spite of all digital equipment and advanced camera such as 5D, I still find shooting outdoors a challenge because there are just too many things you have to keep in mind. It becomes excruciating when you have to concentrate on so many things,” Shanmugasundaram told IANS.

What challenges do you face while shooting outdoors?

“There are so many things such as light, weather, permission to shoot, location, etc. Sometimes we wait for hours for the perfect lighting for a scene or wait for days for the rain to stop. It’s way beyond our control and yet we have to shoot overcoming all these challenges,” he added.

Known for his work in Tamil films such as “Aarohanam” and “Rowthiram”, he is currently shooting for an untitled Tamil project starring Aadi Pinisetty.

When asked if he could highlight one advantage of shooting outdoors, he said: “The biggest advantage of shooting outdoors is the freedom you get with space. Shooting indoors restricts you in terms of the space, but it’s very unlikely to happen when you’re shooting outdoors.”

Tijori to start shooting ‘Dare You’ in December

Mumbai: Actor-turned-director Deepak Tijori, currently busy finalising the cast for his film “Dare You”, says it will go on the floors mid of next month and that he is targetting a Holi release.

Deepak, who earlier directed “Oops!” and “Fareb”, said that they are also scouting for the right location.

“Since it’s a college story, we are looking at various college campuses. We might shoot the entire film either in Mumbai or Pune,” he told IANS.

He added: “We are planning to release the film on Holi. So, hopefully, if we wrap up our shooting in time, then the film might release during festive occasion of Holi in 2013.”

The suspense thriller is being co-produced by Denis Selarka and Mehul Simaria under their banner – Blueberry Films.

Newcomer Alisha has been signed to play the leading lady in the film.

“I didn’t want to cast any known person for the role. The script demanded for a fresh face and I felt people would easily relate to her. It’s a bold concept and I am sure Alisha will pull off the role well,” said Deepak.

Alisha has signed a three-film deal with Blueberry Films.

The film narrates the journey of Rani Diwan – her rise from an innocent college girl into an icon.


Aamir gets under the shower again!

New Delhi:  Remember Aamir Khan’s shower scene in “Ghajini”, which turned out to be a turning point in the film? A similar shot will feature in the actor-filmmaker’s new film “Talaash” too.

If sources are to be believed, a shower scene in “Talaash” will also play a pivotal part in the movie. It will see Aamir, who plays Inspector Shekhawat, get to the root of the problem that he fights against.

“The scene in question was shot in a flat that belongs to hairstylist Avan Contractor’s mother. It was a one-take shot,” said a source.

Considering the success of “Ghajini”, there could be a possibility that the actor feels the shower scene is his lucky charm.

A spokesperson from the film confirmed, “Yes, we do have a scene in ‘Talaash’ which is similar to (the one in) ‘Ghajini’, but we aren’t allowed to comment on it as it occurs at a very significant point of the film.”

Directed by Reema Kagti, the film hit theatres Nov 30. It also features Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.


Rihanna wants her man to take lead

London:  Singer Rihanna feels like to be in control in her professional life, but when it comes to her personal affairs, she prefers her man to be in charge.

“I like to feel like a woman. I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead,” quoted Rihanna as saying.

“I could absolutely be dominant, but in general, I’d rather… How do I say this in, like, a non-X rated version…”

Rihanna, 24, recently revealed she and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who is still on probation for beating her up in 2009, have called off their relationship following a brief reconciliation.

Asked if she was still dating Brown, she said: “No!”


Music, dance, masti at Zee Rishtey awards

Mumbai: From old faces like Shoma Anand, Navneet Nishan, Sudesh Berry to the new lot of actors Rati Pandey, Ankita Lokhande and Gurmeet Chaudhary – a bevy of TV actors spiced up Zee Rishtey Awards that also marked the channel’s 20-year-long journey.

The Saturday night event started off with a procession, which saw participation from the cast of the channel’s current popular shows – “Pavitra Rishta”, “Hitler Didi”, “Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke”, “Phir Subah Hogi…”, “Afsar Bitiya”, “Punar Vivah”, “Mrs Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein”, “Rab Se Sona Ishq” and “Ramayan”.

Some came on a horse-driven carriage, while others atop cars and trucks. They were accompanied by ‘dhol’ beats, ensuring the right celebration mood at the Andheri Sports Complex.

Sonu Nigam, host of the show, entered the stage riding a bike, along with co-host Jay Bhanushali. Then started a melange of performances and full on entertainment.

“Dance India Dance Li’l Masters” finalists put up an impressive horror-themed dance performance. Dressed as ghosts and Dracula, they shook a leg on songs like “Yeh raat” and “Zinda”.

Leading ladies from the ongoing shows were not far behind. They too thronged the stage and entertained the audiences with their performance on popular mujra numbers.

While Kratika Sengar of “Punar Vivah” grooved to “Dil mera muft ka”, Narayani Shastri of “Phir Subah Hogi” danced to “Bedardi raja”.

Vindhya Tiwari from “Mrs Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein” shook a leg on “In aankhon” and Ankita of “Pavitra Rishta” fame performed on “Jhalla”.

Also present at the function were Rakhi Vijan, Gracy Singh, Sudhir Pandey, Pallavi Joshi, Shefali Shah, Rohit Roy, Mansi Joshi Roy, Seema Kapoor, Raj Zutshi, Kanwaljeet Singh, Omung Kumar of “One Minute” show fame, Sharad Kelkar, Divyanka Tripathi, Ratan Rajput, Iqbal Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Kinshuk Mahajan, Nandish Sandhu and Varun Badola, among others.

With the old faces in attendance, when Sonu sang a special song listing the names of all the shows that were aired on the channel since its inception in 1992, nostalgia gripped the atmosphere.

In short, it was fun and frolic all the way.

The awards will be aired on Zee TV Dec 2.

Katrina finds Kolkata magical

Kolkata: Kolkata is a magical city and has a soul, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif feels.

She was here to promoting her forthcoming film “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (JTHJ) at the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), which kicked off in the city Saturday.

“I have been here many times as a model, doing shows. The city has a soul to it,” said Katrina, who was accompanied by her co-stars, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.

The movie, a love story directed by the late Yash Chopra, is special for Katrina.

“This is a very special film for me as I have worked for the first time with Shah Rukh and the late Yash Chopra,” said the model-turned-actress.

The movie releases Nov 13.

Brown wants be faithful to Rihanna

London:  Singer Chris Brown, who continues to meet his ex-girlfrined Karreuche Tran, reportedly plans to stay faithful to Rihanna during his tour. The two recently reunited.

The 23-year-old, who is still under supervised probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, wants to invest his energy in his performances during his tourh rather then involving himself with women.

“When (he’s) on tour, he won’t be messing with other women. People always think that when (he) is away and out of the country, like he will be, that it’s all fun and games. No…it’s the opposite,” quoted a source as saying.