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Ajay has no trouble handling Kajol's popularity
By Arpana, Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, May 24(IANS) It is commonly said that men cannot cope with a successful spouse. So how does Ajay Devgan handle the constant media adulation that wife Kajol receives?
Many heroes may ignore the accomplishments of their actress-wives but not Ajay. "He truly loves
Kajol and that is why he gives her enough space to be a star in her own right," said a source close to Ajay.
In Bollywood, most popular actresses are known to have played it safe by bidding adieu to glitz and glamour after tying the knot with co-stars. Be it the hugely popular Nargis or the immensely talented Jaya Bhaduri, they preferred domesticity to showbiz.
But for the last seven years, Kajol has been balancing her career and her personal life with ease. These days she is frequently spotted in glossies. Rated as one of the most talented actresses in Hindi filmdom, Kajol is hogging the limelight for her come back movie "Fanaa", releasing Friday. This is her first film after her daughter Nysa's birth.
Not just the film's plot, but Kajol's pairing with Aamir Khan too is the most discussed topic in filmdom. Everybody seems to be talking about it except Ajay. So is it jealousy that has sealed his lips?
"No, not at all. Ajay is not daunted by Kajol's popularity. He is a self-made man and does what he believes in. He also gets good offers from big banners but he gives preference to substantial roles than potboilers," the source added.
It is true that both of them belong to different schools of thought when it comes to selecting roles - Kajol prefers to be part of Yash Chopra and Karan Johar's typical masala flicks which are a sure-shot hit at the box office.
But Ajay, who has evolved as an actor in the last decade, gives preference to substance over saleability and has proved his mettle with "Zakhm", "Company", "GangaaJal", "Bhoot" and "Apaharan". The two National Awards prove that Ajay is a good performer in his own right.
If in professional life Ajay lets his work speak for himself, he keeps his personal life away from media glare. Initially gossipmongers tried to ruin their marriage with loose talk but he chose to ignore it and that helped.
"Ajay is a very private person and even in his day-to-day life he doesn't make any comments on his wife," informed the source.
There is another belief that men become worried and depressed if they have a successful partner and as a result their career flounders. But Ajay's career has flourished in leaps and bounds since he married Kajol.
In fact, "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", which released after his marriage, marked a turning point in his career.
Ajay and Kajol's pairing might not have worked on the big screen but they are enjoying a successful marriage, a rarity in the showbiz. They are definitely setting an example for other actors.
"With people in the industry too, he enjoys long-term relationships. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and he does not believe in showing off," said the source.
Ajay, Kajol holiday in Goa
Indo-Asian News Service
Panaji, May 3 (IANS) While the entire media speculates about Kajol's comeback film "Fanaa" and how it will fare, the actress herself has been chilling out with husband Ajay Devgan and daughter Nysa in Goa.
Kajol flew down to Goa, where Ajay was shooting for Rohit Shetty's "Golmaal", to spend some quality time with him.
Ajay's parents joined him as well for two days.
Shetty is filming the final schedule of the rib tickling comedy. He has been picturising a song with choreographer Ganesh Acharya and some outdoor college scenes with the entire cast of the film, including Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor and Rimi Sen.
Other families joined in too.
While the wives of Sharman and Arshad were in Goa, Tusshar and Rimi didn't have any company.
"The ever busy stars are getting some time to spend with their families after the shoot. All of them are staying at the Hotel Marriott, which is very close to the location. It is like both work and pleasure for them," a source told IANS.
"Kajol has left and rest of the team will leave after two days," he added.
Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Limited, "Golmaal" is schedule to release some time in
Kajol to disclose Manish Malhotra's secrets
Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kajol will be seen this Friday discussing designer friend Manish Malhotra on his own show "The Manish Malhotra Magic".
The episode will be telecast Friday, 9 p.m. on Zee Muzic.
Kajol, who walked the ramp for the first time for Malhotra at the Lakme Fashion Week last month, said: "Manish is a dear friend and when he called me for this show, I couldn't say no to him. It's not like I have anchored the show, all I have done is shed some light on the man, the designer and my friend."
The actress, who is making a comeback after four years with "Fanaa", will also talk about her penchant for his designs and her first experience on the ramp.
Irshwin Balwani, business head of Zee Muzic, said: "Manish has always been strongly associated with Bollywood. Keeping in mind the whole fashion season that's been going on, be it the Lakmé Fashion Week or the WLIFW (Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week), we decided to focus on one designer as a one hour special show."
"We wanted someone who was articulate, who could present Manish correctly and knew him in and out as a person and as a designer, and we couldn't think of anyone bigger and better than Kajol. Kajol's is very closely associated with Manish."
Some of Malhotra's creations designed for the Lakmé Fashion Week 2006 will be showcased on the show. Besides, Karisma Kapoor and Karan Johar will make a brief appearance to share their views on Malhotra and his designs.
Kajol, Jatin-Lalit in 'Indian Idol 2' finals
By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, April 19 (IANS) The "Indian Idol 2" grand finale will be a special occasion for more reasons than one. Not only has
Kajol agreed to be the special judge but it is also bringing together composers Jatin-Lalit for the last time.
They will coach the two finalists Sandeep Acharya and N.C. Karunya to sing the popular qawwalli "Subhan Allah" from the forthcoming "Fanaa".
Incidentally, "Fanaa" is the last film, which will have music jointly by Jatin and Lalit. The brothers are going their separate ways thereafter.
"So in a way the 'Indian Idol' finals will be a good send-off for Jatin-Lalit," a Sony spokesperson told IANS.
The very special guest at the grand finale Saturday is Kajol who will watch and evaluate the two finalists battling it out for the final crooner's crown.
Karunya and Sandeep will sing the "Fanaa" track "Subhan Allah". And they'll be joined by 12 "Indian Idol 2" finalists for a special performance. Actress Isha Koppiker will join the two finalists for a song and dance.
The other highlight of the finals is Alisha Chinai in her first live rendering of "Kajra re" from along with Sandeep and Karunya.
A lot of Bollywood and TV bigwigs are being invited to be part of the grand finale which has been shifted from April 17 to April 22 for a live telecast at 8 p.m.