Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Sky Sport Italia report the Napoli squad will go into a training retreat, but only for one night before Saturday’s Serie A match with Genoa. The Partenopei were supposed to be in the ‘ritiro’ all week in the build-up to crunch games against RB Salzburg and Genoa, but the players staged a mutiny following Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw and went home. This prompted an angry response from the club, who are taking legal action and could dock their salary as punishment. Fans were also furious and vented their frustration with insults during today’s open training session. A statement confirmed coach Carlo Ancelotti would be given the full power to decide on training retreats, taking the decision away from President Aurelio De Laurentiis. According to this evening’s report from Sky Sport Italia, Ancelotti has opted to put them into a training retreat for just one night – Friday – leading up to the Genoa match.
Director: Maneesh SharmaStarring: Ranveer Singh, Anushka SharmaRating: Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. They are personable enough, and they act well enough. He’s smooth, she’s smart and sassy. The story is clever enough, and whole idea of the wronged girls trying to wrong the bad guy always delicious. But we’ve seen too many of these con vs con movies from Yash Raj Films. Think Bunty aur Babli (pioneering), Badmaash Company (painful) and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (terrific). They almost always star the young man the production company is trying to push at that particular moment for the Shah Rukh Khan slot. This time it is the company’s new favourite Ranveer Singh. He’s talented, no doubt, and doesn’t let his lack of good looks come in the way of expressing it. He has a good body and in true Yash Raj fashion, he flaunts in a few well-lit scenes, and since they make equal opportunity films, so does the girl, Anushka Sharma. But like all Yash Raj productions, they are always afraid of removing the plastic coating from their products. They did in Band Baaja Baraat and got raw moments that peeped through-perhaps because it was Maneesh Sharma’s first film.By now, they have beaten any individuality out of him, and so all we get after a certain point is a series of change of costumes, his and hers. She, an ambitious sales girl from Home Town, Mumbai, pretends to be Ishika Patel from USA, daughter of motel king, who plans to set up a restaurant in Goa. He pretends to be Vikram Thapar, who owns a string of beach sports outlets in Goa, and drives a Lexus. Both fall in love-believe me, it’s no spoiler-and we’re supposed to be excited about what happens next.advertisementThe film doesn’t surprise us in any way, but it does enthuse you with its energy. No one in Yash Raj’s new economy world-no young person at least-works in the old economy. So Ranveer in his con artist avatars gives us several avatars. He’s a gym instructor when he’s trapping the spoilt rich property dealer’s daughter who speaks in emoticons and carries an i-phone, not a cellphone-Parineeti Chopra, the shiniest and most natural actors among the lot. He’s an art dealer when he’s conning Dipannita Sharma Atwal, the sophisticated working girl who is outstanding at her job-in a role that finally justice both to her cheekbones and her talent. He’s also a dance teacher, a chef, a waiter. The movie moves from Delhi (which Sharma captures brilliantly as usual-Ranveer asks his girlfriend’s father whether he will cook him in a tandoor if he messes up) to Lucknow to Mumbai and finally to Goa.Anushka and Ranveer have a good bantering relationship, even if it seems awfully reminiscent of Band Baaja Baraat. Even some lines seem familiar-your brains and my daring, and we can have a great business, says Ranveer. But I do wish Ranveer and Anushka would stop smiling at each other so much. Both are so thin that they seem to be Close-Up smiles morphed on amazingly agile bodies. When both actors forget to smile quite so much, they actually do a good job. And Ranveer is a good actor, only Yash Raj has to stop referencing Shah Rukh Khan every time they cast him-in Band Baaja Baraat they made him dance instead of the Khan at a wedding. In Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, they make him download a Baazigar dialogue as his caller tune which has a starring role.There’s some good writing here-the gora Punjabi face in Gucci glasses looks like vodka shots in lassi glasses says one song-but it would have been better if they’d removed the plastic first. The world has moved on to organic from synthetic, Mr Chopra. Wake up before you drown in the plastic. Remember it’s not biodegradeable.
Wills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to,Wills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to Mexico and to the Czech Republic as tens of thousand party through their nights of victory.There is the heat that burns inside the heads of men struggling to live up to the high expectations aroused in their homeland-like the Poles who awoke after defeat to Ecuador to the most devastating of headlines: “Don’t Come Back Home”.There is heat on a slow burner, churning inside the likes of Ronaldo as he hears what sounds like 180 million Brazilians taunting him as “Fat Boy”. And there is the heat of frustration inside men such as Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Raul… The gods of the playing pitches whose tournaments have begun with whispers growing into a crescendo inside of them that they are not worth their wages. The rhythms of the global game are mounting apace.Can none of us any longer treat triumph and disaster as just the same? It says something about modern societies that a first round win sends the masses onto the streets of Sydney or Seoul to hoot horns until dawn.Kaka of BrazilWhat does the violence back in England tell us of the state of football’s Mother Country? The team won its opening match, but not in the style the people had led themselves to believe, not like the putative world beaters their media had hyped the players to be.So, the hooligans with beer in their hands responded by fighting with police, smashing up their own inner cities to the extent that there will be no more big screens for the public in Liverpool or the London Docklands.advertisementIt is a small mercy that England’s MPs and Customs officials have impounded the passports of 3,500 known troublemakers, preventing them from coming to Germany.The baring of emotions, from euphoria to despair in the space of 90 minutes, is both the best and the worst of this modern cult. Football is like an old boot, repackaged and laced up with commerce, low nationalism and an assumed importance way beyond what it was intented to be.BEHIND THE GOAL POSTSMexican goalkeeper Oswaldo SanchezAs part of coach Juergen Klinsmann’s new-age methods, the German team watched a 10-minute film on the culture of Costa Rica before their opener against the Central Americans. The duration of the film was recommended by the team psychologist who noted that the men under his charge had an attention span of exactly 10 minutes for most things beyond their normal areas of interest.Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez lost his father just before his team’s first match against Iran. He took two trans-Atlantic flights within three days to return to Germany after the funeral. Before the match, the Iranian captain gave Sanchez a bouquet as a mark of condolence.The civic authorities who ran extra tram services in Gelsenkirchen to get fans in and out of its World Cup stadium quickly discovered that some fans didn’t want to get off. namely the Ecuadoreans, who came to town for the match against Poland and had never travelled in trams before.Japanese fans got caught between tomato-throwing members of the public and 200-odd neo-Nazi demonstrators arriving at the Gelsenkirchen railway station. The tomato throwers were expressing their anger at the neo-Nazis who were eventually outnumbered. An antineo Nazi rally attracted 5,000 demonstrators.Tall Disorder: England’s Peter CrouchBetween them, the 15,000 volunteers at the World Cup speak 45 languages, including Hindi. Among the volunteers, chosen from 50,000 applicants, is FC Schalke’04s reserve goalkeeper Christopher Heimeroth.Spain’s El Pais newspaper called the England team “flat, grotesque and contaminating” and its striker Peter Crouch a “two-metre asparagus”.Even the turf is official: only two varieties of grass are prescribed and allowed to be grown as football turf in World Cup stadia: the lolium perenne (rye/perennial grass) and poa pratensis (blue grass/Kentucky grass).The Ghanian camp includes the mother of one of the players whose express purpose for being in Germany is to cook her son’s favourite dish of rice and groundnuts.Stop me right there. Ask me what is good about the game, what makes my privilege of being at my ninth tournament on this scale? Easy to answer. At 9 p.m. in the Berlin Olimpiastadion on Tuesday, the sun was setting into a glorious, mellow gold over the concrete steps that led to Marathon Gate.advertisementThose steps, which in 1936 Jesse Owens ascended four times to be an Olympic gold medallist and to destroy Hitler’s myth of white Aryan supremacy in the athlete, have been preserved in what is otherwise an oval stadium remodelled at a cost of more than $300 million.By keeping the old and the new, Berlin has refused to cover up history. By starting off the matches in this arena with Brazil, the team that could well finish it here as well on July 9, sport had done its best to set the scene that will live long after the 18th World Cup is consigned to history and accountancy.Yet, people around me were longfaced while Brazil laboured to overcome the resistance of Croatia. Why? Search me. The Croats are a proud people, they surely were not expected to come and lay down at the skills of Brazil? They competed with stubborn will, sometimes near the bone of physical force. They put three men on Ronaldinho, but only two on Kaka. That was where the plot was won and lost.When Kaka, at 24 the youngest of Brazil’s so-called Magic Quartet, received the ball 25 metres from goal, when he moved his body in such a rhythmic but deceiving way that both his opponents became wrong-footed, we could sense, almost smell, what was coming.The Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa possibly sensed it as well, but even as he hurled himself high and to his right, the shot from Kaka arched around him and into his net.There it was, the Beautiful Game boiling down to a single motion. I forgot my journalistic protocol. I leaped into the air, temporarily just a fan. Why not? Why else would we go to the stadium?You can argue about the craft of that goal against, for example, the one struck by Torsten Frings during the opening night for Germany, or the two curved and flicked in by the Czech, Tomas Rosicky. You can insist that Tim Cahill’s brace of goals to turn the Australian struggle against Japan into victory surpassed Kaka’s. You might say the Korean winner by Ahn Jung-Hwan was more ferociously hit.We could go on comparing the goals and the impressions they made on each of us. The point is, they are the end product of a game that grips so many of us because that is the joy, the diversion that the sport provides.Not for a second do I believe we have seen the best this World Cup will bring in the first week. Certainly Brazil’s first match was, in the words of their coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, “60 to 70 per cent of where we want to be at the end”. You start off slowly. You have to fight for the right to show your peacock feathers. You need work ethic as well as skill to unravel the resistance applied by the other team. You believe, as Parreira insists he believes, that Ronaldo will come good again.advertisementIf we were to stop the World Cup after the week in which each of the 32 nations has now played once, Argentina would be the winner because their quality against Ivory Coast was the best match of the round.The Czechs would be close because they wiped out the American dream with such stylish football. The Italians would impress because of their knowhow and their ability to throw off a scandal like an unwanted cloak. Why, even Mexico and Korea would, in their dreams, be entitled to feel ‘six more performances like the first one and we are champions of the world’.”We could be world champions, too,” said Oleg Blokhin, once a devastatingly quick left winger for the Soviet Union, now the unpaid Ukraine coach. He takes no salary because the sport has propelled him to his country’s parliament, and MPs there are not allowed a second job. In his “hobby” then, Blokhin suggests, “A football player who does not think he can win is like a soldier who does not want to become a general. He is not a good soldier.”Maybe it is a bit military for your taste. But his point, and mine, is that the game is for ambitious people.Brazil might win again in the end, but they will be all the better if opponents do as Croatia did and make them prove that they are the very best.
The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), headed by union minister of new and renewable energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, is facing charges of grave financial irregularities and mismanagement.Reports say Rs 50 crore have been diverted to different accounts opened in the name of the JKCA by its officials to mint money, which comes as subsidies to promote sports and particularly cricket. The JKCA, like other state associations, gets annual subsidies from the BCCI.Incidentally, the audit report of 2009-2010, conducted after a long time since JKCA was formed, says: “In our opinion and to the best of our information, proper books of accounts have been maintained in so far as it appears from our examination of these books. The financial statements dealt by this report are in agreement with the books and other records produced before us.”The second audit report of 2010-2011 declares accounts of the Association “true and fair.”Sources said that the auditors based their opinion on the official account of JKCA as audit and balance sheet mentions only one bank account having number SOD-17.What have not been shown to the auditors are other three accounts of the JKCA. JKCA chairman Aslam Goni conceded that there are three bogus accounts having numbers 0101010100090606, 010126650001097 and 010101010091022.Goni said “bogus” accounts were being operated by the treasurer of JKCA Ehsan Mirza and the chief administrator Saleem Khan. Mirza, who is a prominent businessman of the Valley, has resigned on moral grounds while Saleem has been shown door. Mirza, Goni said, has owned responsibility for the short fall of funds incurred by opening of “bogus bank” accounts in the Khanyar branch of J&K Bank and Air Cargo branch of the Bank. “He (Mirza) has offered to deposit the shortfall amount with the JKCA,” Goni added.advertisementOver the years, BCCI’s funds have been diverted to these “bogus” accounts and subsequently siphoned off. Sources said transaction in “bogus” accounts is more than the original account. They said most of funds that have come from BCCI have been deposited in these “bogus” accounts and subsequently withdrawn using bearers cheques. “We are more concerned about recovering the money. In the 2G spectrum scam, they have not recovered any money. Here a person (Mirza) accepts liability and has agreed to repay the money. They didn’t recover even Rs 5 from Suresh Kalmadi,” Goni said. The JKCA says the accounts couldn’t have been opened without the knowledge and connivance of the bank officials. The JKCA has written to the J&K Bank to explain its position.However, the J&K Bank spokesman Sajjad Bazaz said the accounts were opened with full consent of the Association and its officials. “The bank is no way responsible for anything,” he said.
Virender Sehwag is set to return to the Indian team for the short tour of Sri Lanka this month after being “rested” for the Asia Cup on fitness grounds. The squad will be announced on Wednesday.Pacer Zaheer Khan, who also missed the tournament in Dhaka on the advice of physiotherapists, is also expected to return for the five One-day Internationals and a solitary Twenty20 International, beginning on July 21 in Hambantota.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who turned 32 on Tuesday and last turned out in India colours in the second Test in England almost a year ago before an abdominal problem and lack of form forced his exit, could well be back too.Harbhajan’s replacement R Ashwin grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has been a permanent member of the team since then. The K Srikkanth-headed selection committee might decide to include both, though that would lessen the variety in the spin department.The selection committee is scheduled to meet in Mumbai.Sehwag, who captained Delhi Daredevils in the IPL in April-May after missing the preceding Asia Cup in March, said on Tuesday that he visited the National Cricket Academy a few days ago and underwent a fitness test, like some other players.The report of the players’ fitness – as well as Sachin Tendulkar’s availability – is likely to be submitted to the selectors just before the meeting to be held at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium.Tendulkar, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha recently, these days picks and chooses which ODIs to play. He opted to play in the Asia Cup and scored his 100th international century in Dhaka in March. It remains to be seen if he makes himself available for a series that is not a high profile one.advertisementIn case, Tendulkar decides to skip the series, Ajinkya Rahane could be picked as the third opener, in addition to Sehwag and his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir.Since the series is low key, the selectors might like to give opportunities to youngsters like Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.The batting remains India’s strength as it comprises the likes of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Mahnedra Singh Dhoni, who is set to be retained captain, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan. A couple of them might be either rested in order to give opportunities to youngsters or dropped completely on the basis of form.The team also has young allrounders like Ravindra Jadeja, who didn’t do well in the IPL, Irfan Pathan and Saxena could also bowl off spin.Besides Zaheer, the pace department is likely to comprise Umesh Yadav, who has regained fitness after missing the Asia Cup, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, and R Vinay Kumar.India will begin with the first One-day International in Hambantota on July 21 and play the second game on July 24 at the same venue. The teams will then move to Colombo for the third and fourth match on July 28 and July 31, before travelling to Pallekele for the fifth one-dayer on August 4. The lone Twenty20 International will also be played in Pallekele, on August 7.
MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay The big-game pitcher and star shortstop were picked by 16 voters who considered 10 candidates whose biggest contributions came from 1970-87. Morris got 14 votes and Trammell drew 13, one more than the minimum needed.They will be enshrined on July 29, and fitting they’ll go in together. They both began their big league careers in 1977 with Detroit and played 13 seasons alongside each other with the Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The time that I’ve spent wondering if this day would ever come seems to be vanished and erased right now because it did come, and it’s amazing,” the 62-year-old Morris said during a conference call.Trammell felt overwhelmed. Morris also pitched for World Series winners in Detroit — with Trammell, in 1984 — and Toronto in 1992. His 3.90 career ERA tops Red Ruffing’s 3.80 as the highest of any pitcher in the Hall.“For years my earned run average has been an issue for a lot of people that thought it was not good enough for Hall of Fame honors, but I never once thought about pitching for an ERA. I always thought about completing games, starting games, eating up innings and trying to win games more importantly than anything else,” he said. “Today’s generation is different. In my heart of hearts I don’t think for a second that guys that are pitching, the elite guys especially that are pitching in the game today, could not do what we did. I know they could. But they haven’t been conditioned to it, both physically and mentally.”His 175 complete games included 20 in 1983. The entire big league total this year was 59, and no pitcher had more than five. He said sabermetrics should not be used to evaluate his era.“Now I’m getting analyzed by a bunch of numbers and things that didn’t exist when I played, he said. “Had they existed maybe I would have had a better understanding of what it would have meant to not pitch through pain, to not go deeper into games on nights that I told my manager, ‘I’m fine’ when I wasn’t. But I don’t regret doing that, because if you go to the wall and never try to push down the wall, you’ll never know if you can.”Now 59, Trammell was a steady presence in the middle of the diamond while playing all 20 of his seasons in Detroit, 19 of them next to double-play partner Lou Whitaker.Trammell was the 1984 World Series MVP, hitting .450 as the Tigers trounced San Diego in five games and finished off a season in which they started out 35-5.A six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover, Trammell scored 1,231 runs and drove in 1,003. He batted .285 with 185 home runs and a .352 on-base average — he walked 850 times and struck out 874.Trammell never came close to election during his 15 tries in Hall voting by Baseball Writers’ Association of America members, peaking at 40.9 percent in 2016. Starting at 22 percent in his first Hall ballot appearance in 2000, Morris reached at high of 67.7 percent in 2003, his next to last appearance.Trammell’s next visit to the Hall will certainly last longer than his first trip to the shrine in upstate New York. That was in 1995, when the Tigers played the Cubs in the Hall of Fame exhibition game.Wearing his No. 3 jersey, Trammell jogged the couple blocks and hurried through the Hall in 30 minutes while the teams were limbering up at Doubleday Field. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I definitely want to come back some day,” he said that afternoon, “but I probably wouldn’t go through it in my uniform.”Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Luis Tiant also were on the ballot.Miller, who headed the players’ union from 1966-82 was on the ballot for the seventh time. Miller sent a letter to the BBWAA in 2008, four years before he died, saying he didn’t want to be considered anymore.The BBWAA annual vote on players will be announced Jan. 24. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates, and Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are among the holdovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 3, 2017, file photo, former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris watches a baseball game between the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox in Detroit. Former Tigers teammates Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, completing the journey from Motown to Cooperstown. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings.Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown.ADVERTISEMENT AMA to select 1st in 2017 PBA D-League Draft MOST READ “I came to realization that it might not happen, and I was OK with that. I really was,” he said. “If people thought it was a tad short, I could live with that.”Former catcher Ted Simmons fell one vote shy, and former players’ union head Marvin Miller was five short of the 12 needed.“It’s not a big surprise,” Miller’s son, Peter, said from Japan. “I think my father’s place in history is understood by all baseball players, all baseball fans and the general public.”Morris had 254 wins and seven more in the postseason, including his 10-inning shutout in a 1-0 win for Minnesota over Atlanta in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.“No question it was my defining moment in baseball,” Morris said. “I never thought I was in trouble and I knew I could get out of it if I was. So I had the best mindset I’ve ever had in my entire on that night.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Kiefer channels ‘Elsa’ during rookie initiation Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gilas Pilipinas will start is build up for its next assignment in Fiba Asia Qualifiers on January 8.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The national team will begin its weekly Monday practices after securing clearance from the PBA, national team head coach Chot Reyes announce on his Twitter.“Just got clearance from PBA OIC Willie Marcial for Gilas to start its Monday only practices,” Reyes tweeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe PBA players who are expected to attend the trainings are four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, two-time Fiba Asia best point guard Jayson Castro, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Japeth Aguilar.Gilas’ first game of 2018 will be against Australia in the first round of the group stages on Feb. 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid
Shabana, Naseeruddin and Shekhar: Doing everything togetherOver four weeks of shooting in New Delhi didn’t seem to tire leading members of the dramatis personae. While stars Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah happily opted to open the Priya Health Club at the new ITC Hotel Siddharth, Azmi’s former flame Shekhar Kapoor,,Shabana, Naseeruddin and Shekhar: Doing everything togetherOver four weeks of shooting in New Delhi didn’t seem to tire leading members of the dramatis personae. While stars Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah happily opted to open the Priya Health Club at the new ITC Hotel Siddharth, Azmi’s former flame Shekhar Kapoor, model, actor and trained chartered accountant, was keeping his attention fixed on his new girl and new movie. Slated to marry a local ingenue called Medha Gujral soon, Kapoor is working at breakneck pace to finish his first directorial venture Masoom at the same time. Naturally, it stars Azmi and Shah, playing a happily married couple with children who suddenly discover that the husband has been left with a child before getting married. Abetted by Saeed Jaffrey and Tanuja, there were no romantic tensions evident on the sets as everyone settled to play the domestic melodrama. Azmi was offering full “moral support” to her director-friend and Kapoor seemed thrilled with his latest chance to succeed on the screen – from another angle. Biddu: Triumphant returnComing full circle from his earlier bohemian days when he bartered his songs for meals at Bombay’s hotels, the long haired super songster-turned-composer, Biddu Appaiah is returning to the glamour-struck city next month, with plans to produce his first film, a commercial Hindi feature titled Star. Close on the heels of the Nazia Hasan superhit records which he produced, Biddu’s newest venture is already attracting distributors and financiers like flies. Hasan’s Aap Jaisa Koi was the biggest musical hit last year, and more recently her album Disco Deewane, again produced by Biddu, has blown a number of myths about the unsaleability of non-filmi music. Predictably, Biddu is writing and producing all the music for Star. Kumar Gaurav (of Love Story fame) and Rati Agnihotri (of Ek Duuje Ke Liye fame) will be playing the lead roles with lesser-known actor Raj Kiran in the supporting role. Taking no chances with his first venture, Biddu has signed up Mike Collins, who directed stunts and effects for the film Superman, to handle Star’s special effects.advertisementMuktananda: Om sweet omAfter spending the last three years enlightening audiences in the US, Swami Muktananda has returned to his homeland. The diminutive guru – readily recognised by the rakish ochre cap he normally sports – had gone abroad to popularise the Siddha meditation technique. The swami presides over a far-flung multinational organisation, the Siddha Yoga Dham Foundation, comprising 26 ashrams and 350 meditation centres in 52 countries. Now anticipating a larger following in this country, the swami has enlarged the meditation hall of his Gurudev Siddhapeeth at Ganeshpuri, so his devotees will have a place to call om.