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Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu (Bengali: বিপাশা বসু, Hindi: बिपाषा बासु; born 7 January 1979) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films and a former model. She was the winner of the Ford's Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest for 1996.


Career

After winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Basu also was flown to New York by the Ford Company, where she had a successful modelling career at the age of 17.[1]

Basu made her film debut in Abbas Mustan's Ajnabee, with Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor. She played a married woman who goes all out to woo her husband’s married friend, and eventually won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance.

In 2002, Basu starred in Telugu movie Takkari Donga and Vikram Bhatt's thriller Raaz. Raaz was a big commercial success and surfaced as the biggest hit of that year.[3] For her performance in the film, she received her first Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare. One review in The Tribune noted, "...it is Bipasha Basu who steals the show with her fine performance."[4] She appeared as Sonia Khanna in the 2003 hit movie Jism alongside John Abraham. The movie earned her a Filmfare Best Villain Award nomination.

Besides acting, Basu did the video "Tu" for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat. She also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen.[5]

In 2006, she performed an item number during the song Beedi in the film Omkara for which Rediff noted Basu's picturisation.

In 2008 Basu starred in Race, her second collaboration with duo Abbas Mustan, with whom she debuted in Bollywood. Co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the film performed well at the box office, and Basu's performance was appreciated by critics. Taran Adarsh of indiaFM described her performance as "her best work so far. She’s superb".[7] She also received good reviews for her role in Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She completed the year by appearing in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in the song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte.


In 2005 Bipasha and John Abraham did a fitness video with Eros called Bollywood Bodies.[8] In 2010 she has launched her own line of videos with Shemaroo under the banner BB - Love Yourself. The first release is called 'Fit and Fabulous You





Keira Christina

Keira Christina Knightley (pronounced /ˌkɪərəˈnaɪtlɪ/;  born 26 March 1985) is an English  film actress. She began her career as a child and came to international prominence in 2003 after co-starring in the films Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Knightley has appeared in several Hollywood films and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Two years later she again was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Atonement.

In 2008, Forbes claimed Knightley to be the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, having reportedly earned $32 million in 2007, making her the only non-American on the list of highest paid actresses.


Career
Knightley at the 2008 BAFTAs.

Knightley appeared in several television movies in the mid to late 1990s—as well as ITV1's The Bill[10]—before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Knightley was cast in the role due to her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padmé; the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when the girls were in full makeup. Knightley's first starring role followed in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in the made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature, Princess of Thieves. During this time, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States. She appeared in a miniseries adaptation of Doctor Zhivago that first aired in 2002 to mixed reviews but high ratings.

Knightley's breakthrough role was in the football-themed film, Bend It Like Beckham, which was a success in its August 2002 UK release, grossing $18 million, and in its March 2003 U.S. release, grossing $32 million.[12] After Bend It Like Beckham's UK release raised her profile, she was cast in the big budget action film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (along with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp) which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and opened in July 2003 to positive reviews[13] and high box office grosses,[14] becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as the new "It" girl.

Knightley had a role in the British romantic comedy Love Actually, which opened in November 2003. Her next film, King Arthur, opened in July 2004 to negative reviews,[15] however in preparation for the role she took fighting and horseback-riding lessons.[16] In the same month, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello! magazine as the film industry's most promising teen star.[17] Additionally, Time magazine noted in a 2004 feature that Knightley seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.[18]
Knightley at a London Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest premiere in July 2006

2005 saw the release of three films, the first of which was The Jacket. The complex thriller starring Adrien Brody was derided by critics as unoriginal, silly and messy.[19] Knightley was taken to task for her American accent but was otherwise dismissed by critics. Next came Tony Scott's Domino, an action film based on the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey. The film has been Knightley's greatest critical flop to date. Knightley's critics often suggested she was nothing more than a pretty face, which led the young starlet to comment to Elle magazine, "I always feel like I’m the one with everything to prove.

Pride & Prejudice rounded out 2005. Variety wrote about her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet: "Looking every bit a star, Knightley, who's shown more spirit than acting smarts so far in her career, really steps up to the plate here, holding her own against the more classically trained Matthew Macfadyen, as well as vets like Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Penelope Wilton, and Judi Dench with a luminous strength that recalls a young Audrey Hepburn. More than the older Jennifer Ehle in the TV series, she catches Elizabeth's essential skittishness and youthful braggadocio, making her final conversion all the more moving. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide,[23] and Knightley earned a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination (the Oscar ultimately went to Reese Witherspoon). The Academy Award nomination made her the third-youngest performer ever nominated.[24] BAFTA's decision not to nominate her drew criticism from Pride & Prejudice producer Tim Bevan.[25]

In 2006, Knightley was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[26] Her biggest financial hit thus far, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was released in July.[27]

2007 saw the release of several films starring Knightley: Silk, an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco, Atonement, a feature film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name (co-starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave, and Brenda Blethyn),[28] and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was released in May 2007. For her performance in Atonement, Knightley was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Dramatic Actress category for the role, as well as a BAFTA Award. Critic Richard Roeper was puzzled by both Knightley's and McAvoy's Academy Award snubs, stating "I thought McAvoy and Knightley were superb.

In the late spring of 2007, Knightley shot The Edge of Love with Cillian Murphy as her husband, Matthew Rhys as her childhood sweetheart, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and Sienna Miller as Thomas' wife Caitlin MacNamara. She received positive reviews for her role.[30] The 2008 release was penned by her mother, Sharman Macdonald, and directed by John Maybury. She then filmed The Duchess, based on the best-selling biography, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman in which she played Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; the film was released in cinemas on 5 September 2008 in the U.K.

Knightley appears in the present-day drama Last Night, in which she co-starred with Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, and Guillaume Canet; it was directed by Massy Tadjedin.[32][33] In April 2009, Knightley began work on an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian novel, Never Let Me Go. Filming took place in Norfolk and Clevedon.[34][35]

Upcoming films for 2010 include London Boulevard with Colin Farrell, script by William Monahan, who will also make his directing debut.[36]

Knightley successfully auditioned for the role of Eliza Doolittle in the Columbia Pictures planned remake of the stage musical My Fair Lady to be produced by Cameron Mackintosh, although no release date has yet been scheduled.[37] She will also work on The Beautiful and the Damned, a biopic about the life and relationship of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald and his novelist wife Zelda Sayre. The film is directed by John Curran and scheduled for release in 2010.[citation needed]

In 2008, she was attached to play Cordelia in a big screen adaptation of King Lear, which was subsequently abandoned.[38] Knightley has confirmed that she will not be starring in the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.[39]

Knightley made her West End debut in Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy, The Misanthrope, at the Comedy Theatre in London alongside Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald, and Dominic Rowan.[6] in December 2009.[6] Reviews for her portrayal of Jennifer in the play were generally positive. The Daily Telegraph described her performance as revealing "both power and poignancy"[40] and The Independent called her performance "not only strikingly convincing but, at times, rather thrilling in its satiric aplomb"[41] The Guardian, however, noted that due to the nature of the role "one could say that she is not unduly stretched and The Daily Mail described her as "little better than adequate".[43]

Knightley has been nominated for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actress as Jennifer in The Misanthrope, recognizing her theatre debut.[44]

Knightley is slated to appear in The Emperor's Children with Eric Bana and Richard Gere. The film, reportedly a dark comedy, will be directed by Noah Baumbach.[45]

Knightley is also filming under the direction of David Cronenberg in the feature film A Dangerous Method, where she plays the role of Sabina Spielrein, the real-life psychoanalist who worked with people like Sigmund Freud and primarily Carl Jung. Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel will be co-starring.

 Media attention

Knightley attends the premiere of Atonement in Leicester Square, London

As a result of her rapid rise to fame, Knightley has been the focus of significant media attention. She has been described by press reports as "famously open with media,"[47] although Knightley herself has stated "I don't talk about my private life."[48]

Knightley's look has often been described in publications as gamine.

Knightley has appeared many times in FHMs UK 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. Ranked #79 in 2004 she climbed to #18 in 2005, and was named "the sexiest woman in the world in 2006."[52] In 2007 she was 12th, 10th in 2008 and came 36th in 2009. The US edition ranked her #54 in 2004, #11 in 2005, and #5 in 2006. In May 2006, she was #9 on Maxim's 2006 Hot 100. She was also named "the number one beauty icon of 2007" by a poll of 2500 people conducted by UK high street chain Superdrug.Knightley appeared nude, along with Scarlett Johansson, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's March 2006 "Hollywood" issue.

Knightley was the celebrity face for the luxury goods brand Asprey, Shiatzy Chen as well as Lux haircare products in Japanese television commercials. In April 2006, she was confirmed as the new celebrity face of Chanel's perfume Coco Mademoiselle, though the first photo from the campaign was not released until May 2007.

Knightley's Valentino gown at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards won her much acclaim and even landed her the top spot on Steven Cojocaru's "Best Dressed List" on Entertainment Tonight, while the dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.[55]

Knightley has warned children who dream of the celebrity life that it's not all what it seems to be. "It frightens me when kids go, 'I want to be famous.'"[56] In a 2007 interview with the BBC Knightley said that she feels "de-humanised. She also said that when a person becomes a celebrity, the public doesn't care that the person's life is constantly watched.

While she has no current plans to leave the world of film, Knightley has said that she could not imagine subjecting a child to the media. She is quoted as saying, "I'm not planning to have children at the moment... everyone changes, and I'm sure there will be a time I will want to do something different. I could completely see myself moving away [from acting].
She has expressed concern in the past about unwarranted attention from stalkers, and a 41 year-old man was charged with harassment in February 2010 after trying to contact the actress on several occasions outside the Comedy Theatre in London, where she appeared in the play The Misanthrope. The subsequent trial folded after the actress was unavailable to testify in court.

 Charity work

Knightley is the face of an Amnesty International campaign to support human rights, marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[61] As part of the campaign, the star also made a short film. Knightley stated she wanted help raise awareness of the UDHR and human rights abuses.[61] She said "The UDHR is something that everyone should be aware of and be proud of as a statement of our common humanity.

Knightley contributed her voice to a 2007 Robbie the Reindeer animation, all profits of which will be donated to Comic Relief.[62] In 2004, she travelled to Ethiopia with a group that included Richard Curtis, who had directed her in Love, Actually, on behalf of that charity.
In April 2009, Knightley appeared in a video to raise awareness of domestic abuse entitled Cut. The video was directed by Joe Wright, who directed Knightley in Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, and shot for "Women's Aid", a U.K. based women and children aid group.The video has created controversy, with some sources calling it too graphic, while other groups support the video for showing a realistic depiction of domestic violence.




Ameesha Patel

Ameesha Patel (Hindi: अमीषा पटेल, pronounced [əmiːʂaː ˈpəʈeːl]; born Amisha Patel on 9 June 1975) is an Indian actress who appears in mainly Bollywood movies. Making her acting debut in the blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Patel won critical praise for her performance in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), which became one of the biggest hits in the history of Hindi cinema,[1]  earning her a Filmfare Special Performance Award. She would subsequently star in a number of films, most of which proved unsuccessful at the box office. However, her performance in the 2006 film Ankahee, received critical recognition, and she followed it with a supporting role in the hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007).

Her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt was often talked about in the Indian media as well as her long-running rift with her parents.


Acting career
 Debut and breakthrough, 2000–2002

Patel's first opportunity for acting came in the form of an offer from her father's schoolmate, Rakesh Roshan, to star opposite his son, Hrithik Roshan, in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). The offer came immediately after she graduated from high school but she refused the project because she wanted to continue her education in USA.[4] Afterward, Kareena Kapoor replaced her but luckily, Kapoor backed out after shooting for a couple of days and Patel was given the opportunity once again during a family lunch.[5] Patel readily agreed to do the project this time. The role of an exuberant college girl in love, undergoing a tortuous time at losing her lover and rediscovering a more mature relationship gave Patel scope to perform. The film was a smashing success and established Patel as a rising star, earning her awards for Best Debut at a number of award ceremonies.Patel as the Muslim girl Sakeena in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001).

In her second film, the Telugu language drama Badri, she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan. The film was a major success, grossing more than Rs 120 million in India.
2001 saw her appearing in Anil Sharma's cross-border romance, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, alongside Sunny Deol. Patel signed on much before she shot into the limelight with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai and was among 22 girls that were screen-tested from 500 girls who came to audition for the film. Patel had gone through a 12-hour audition before she got the part.[8] The film went on to become the top-grossing film of the year, as well as the biggest hit of the 21st century, earning Rs 973 million in India.[9] Set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, it featured Patel as Sakeena, a Muslim girl who finds refuge in Deol's house during the riots, and subsequently falls for him. Her performance was praised, and won her the Filmfare Special Performance Award, as well as nominations for Best Actress at various award ceremonies. Taran Adarsh of IndiaFM concluded, "Despite being one-film-old, Amisha Patel deserves full marks for handling the complex role with elegance. She looks the character she is portraying and impresses with a natural performance."The film was perceived as being excessively anti-Pakistani.
These successes were followed by a series of films that flopped at the box-office. In Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar (2001), she played a successful singer who was abandoned by her mother at the time of her birth.

In 2002, Patel had four continuous failures but her last release, Humraaz, became one of the highest grossing films of the year at the box office, and her performance earned her a nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award. The Abbas-Mustan marital thriller saw her playing a character with negative shades for the first time. She played the girlfriend of Akshaye Khanna, who marries Bobby Deol to grab his wealth – but, seeing Bobby's honesty, her character surrenders to him. Taran Adarsh commented, "Amisha Patel is just about okay as Akshaye's lover (first half), but splendid as Bobby's wife (second half). This performance should silence her detractors for sure. Also, she's looked her best with admirable outfits and perfect make-up."[12]
[edit] Career slump, 2003–2006

During 2003 to 2006, Patel's acting career entered a slump. Despite the relative success of Humraaz, Patel's string of unsuccessful films followed and would continue until 2006, although she did find minor box office success with Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai,[13] in which she played a career-oriented young woman who rejects the advances of the film's hero. In Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, she played the role of Sapna who is caged in protective custody of her own father. She co-starred opposite Hrithik Roshan for the second time in this film. Unlike their successful pairing in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, the film proved to be a disappointment and resulted in a critical and commercial failure. Patel's performance in the film was criticized by a section of the media, but during an interview she clarified that there was an "error" because the scene explaining that her character is supposed to be asthmatic in the film was edited out not knowing that one shot would make such a difference, thus creating confusion to the viewer about her appearing out of breath, as if she's overacting or crying.[14]

Consequently, Patel's unsuccessful follow-up continued with Kranti and David Dhawan's comedy Yeh Hai Jalwa in 2002, followed by her first Tamil language film Puthiya Geethai and Deepak Bahry's Parwana in 2003. Her releases in 2004, Vimal Kumar's comedy Suno Sasurjee, a delayed production since 2000, and her second Telugu language film Naani, followed. That year she also appeared in the music video for "Kasam" and "Kasam (Unplugged)" by Adnan Sami.

In 2005, she starred in Satish Kaushik's thriller Vaada, playing the role of Arjun Rampal's unfaithful wife who is followed by her obsessive ex-lover. In her next release, Elaan, she played a TV reporter. She later appeared in Ketan Mehta's historical drama Mangal Pandey: The Rising where she played the role of the soft-spoken Jwala, a Bengali widow who gets rescued from committing Sati by a British commanding officer. Patel was cast as a replacement for Aishwarya Rai under the recommendation of Aamir Khan who was impressed by her IQ level when he saw her on BBC under the segment of Question Time India in 2003. The film, which saw her appearing without make-up for the first time, did an average business despite becoming a major grosser. Her other releases that year include Zameer: The Fire Within, a delayed production since 2001, and the Telugu film Narasimhudu, both which proved commercial and critical failures.

Patel featured in six films in 2006, all which failed commercially. She first starred in Mere Jeevan Saathi, a production that had been delayed since 2003. She next appeared as a blind girl in Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai, another delayed production since 2002. The film had a very small release and flopped badly with some critics describing it as "outdated". In Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera, she played the role of a mute girl who witnesses a murder. She learned the sign language in order to fit the role.[18] Patel was next cast in Tathastu, based on Denzel Washington's thriller John Q (2002). Her performance as the helpless mother was not well-received.




kate winslet

Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress and occasional singer. She has received multiple awards and nominations. She is the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress  for The Reader (2008). Winslet has been acclaimed for both dramatic and comedic work in projects ranging from period to contemporary films, and from major Hollywood productions to less publicised indie films. She has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award for television acting.

Raised in Berkshire, Winslet studied drama from childhood, and began her career in British television in 1991. She made her film debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received her first notable critical praise. She achieved recognition for her subsequent work in a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and for her leading role in Titanic (1997), the highest grossing film for more than 12 years until 2010.

Since 2000, Winslet's performances have continued to draw positive comments from film critics, and she has been nominated for various awards for her work in such films as Quills (2000), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008) and Revolutionary Road (2008). Her performance in the latter prompted New York magazine to describe her as "the best English-speaking film actress of her generation". The romantic comedy The Holiday and the animated film Flushed Away (both 2006) were among the biggest commercial successes of her career.

Winslet was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2000. She has been included as a vocalist on some soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single "What If" from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), was a hit single in several European countries. Winslet has a daughter with her former husband, Jim Threapleton, and a son with her second husband, Sam Mendes, from whom she is separated. She lives in New York City.




Kristen Jaymes Stewart

Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. She has also starred in films such as Panic Room (2002), Zathura (2005), In the Land of Women (2007), The Messengers (2007), Adventureland (2009) and The Runaways (2010).

Personal life

Stewart currently lives in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Stewart has expressed a desire to live and work in Australia, saying, "I want to go to Sydney University in Australia. My mom's from there. Apart from acting, she is also interested in attending college in the near future, saying, "I want to go to college for literature. I want to be a writer. I mean, I love what I do, but it's not all I want to do — be a professional liar for the rest of my life."[31] In an interview with Vanity Fair, Stewart admitted that she dated Michael Angarano, her co-star from Speak.


Career


Her whole family all worked behind the camera, and Stewart thought she would become a writer/director, but never considered being an actor. "I never wanted to be the center of attention — I wasn't that 'I want to be famous, I want to be an actor' kid. I never sought out acting, but I always practiced my autograph because I love pens. I'd write my name on everything."[10] Stewart's acting career began at the age of eight, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school's Christmas play.[11] After a year of auditioning, Stewart's first role was a nonspeaking part in the film The Thirteenth Year.[4] Then, she had another part in the film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas as the "ring toss girl".[4] She subsequently appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects, in which she played the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother (Patricia Clarkson). Stewart had a major role in the Hollywood film Panic Room, playing the diabetic daughter of a divorced mother (Jodie Foster). The film received generally positive reviews, and Stewart garnered positive notices for her performance. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance.[12]

After Panic Room's success, Stewart was cast in another thriller, Cold Creek Manor, playing the daughter of Dennis Quaid's and Sharon Stone's characters; the film generally failed at the box office. She was again nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance.[12] It was revealed that at about this time in her career, she had to be homeschooled due to her irregular schedule, which was affecting her grades. She said, "I started homeschooling because my teachers were failing me. I think it was just resentment — I made more work for them. But homeschooling is great; you can study what you want, which allows you to get more excited about what you're doing".[12]

Her first starring role followed, in the children's action-comedy Catch That Kid, opposite Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu. Stewart also played the role of Lila in the thriller Undertow. To date, Stewart's most critically acclaimed role may be in the Showtime television film Speak (2004), based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played high school freshman Melinda Sordino, who stops almost all verbal contact after being raped. Stewart received great praise for playing the character, who had only a few speaking lines, but kept up a darkly humorous commentary inside her head throughout the film.
Kristen Stewart in Hollywood, 2007

In 2005, Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura, playing the role of Lisa, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys, who turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space by playing a board game. The film received praise by critics, but Stewart's performance did not garner much media attention, as it was noted that her character is immobilized during most of the film. The following year, she played the character Maya in Fierce People, directed by Griffin Dunne. After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers.

In 2007, Stewart appeared as teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody. The film, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews. That same year, Stewart appeared in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed adaptation film Into the Wild. For her portrayal of Tracy — a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher McCandless — Stewart received generally positive reviews. Salon.com considered her work a "sturdy, sensitive performance",and the Chicago Tribune noted that she did "vividly well with a sketch of a role."[15] Her performance was not without detractors, however; Variety's critic Dennis Harvey wrote, "It's unclear whether Stewart means to be playing hippie-chick Tracy as vapid, or whether it just comes off that way." After Into the Wild, Stewart had a cameo appearance in Jumper and also appeared in What Just Happened, which was released in October 2008.She also co-stars in The Cake Eaters an independent film that has only been screened at film festivals.

On November 16, 2007, Summit Entertainment announced that Stewart would play Isabella "Bella" Swan in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire romance novel of the same name.[18] Stewart was on the set of Adventureland when director Catherine Hardwicke visited her for an informal screen test which "captivated" the director. She stars alongside Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, her character's vampire boyfriend. The film began production in February 2008 and finished filming in May 2008. Twilight was released domestically on November 21, 2008.[20] After the release of Twilight, Kristen Stewart was awarded the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance for her portrayal as Bella Swan. Stewart reappeared as Bella in the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and reprised this role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Stewart has been nominated and presented with the BAFTA Rising Star award.[21] At the 2010 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Stewart and Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner presented a tribute in honour of the horror movie genre.
In 2009, Stewart starred in The Yellow Handkerchief, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was released into theaters in 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. She also starred alongside James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010.

Stewart most recently portrayed rock star Joan Jett in The Runaways, a biopic of the titular band from writer-director Floria Sigismondi. Stewart met with Jett over the 2008–2009 New Year to prepare for the role, and ended up prerecording songs in a studio for the film.[24] She received nearly unanimous praise for her performance. Josh Tyler of Cinema Blend pronounced her to be "a modern day James Dean. She gives the kind of performance in The Runaways that hasn’t been seen on screen since his death. The Runaways is her Rebel Without a Cause ... she’s absolutely brilliant as Joan Jett."[25] The Metro Times wrote, "It turns out that Stewart is actually really good at capturing Jett's icy, tough-but-cool girl swagger, adding the needed touches of vulnerability that transform it into a pretty terrific performance... Stewart is a genuine rock star here."[26] Also, A.O. Scott of The New York Times noted "Ms. Stewart, watchful and unassuming, gives the movie its spine and soul.

Stewart will star in a film called K-11 with Jason Mewes. The film, which is being directed by Stewart's mother, takes place in a dorm of the Los Angeles County Jail, and will feature Stewart as a male character. She has also been cast in the role of Mary Lou in an upcoming film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's cult classic novel On the Road. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August 2010.




Anne Curtis

Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith, also known as Anne Curtis (born on 17 February 1985 in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia) is a Filipino-Australian actress, model, television host, and VJ


Biography

Born Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith is the eldest daughter of Carmen Ojales, a Filipina and James Curtis-Smith, an Australian lawyer. She has 3 siblings, a sister (Jasmine) and a brother (Thomas) who are currently living in Australia with her mother.

She is presently managed by Viva Artists Agency.




Sneha

Suhasini Rajaram Naidu (Telugu: సుహాసిని రాజారామ్ నాయుడు, born 12 October 1981), known mononymously as Sneha  (Tamil: சினேகா), is an Indian film actress. She has acted in several Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada language films. She debuted in the 2001 Malayalam film Ingane Oru Nilapakshi, directed by Fazil. Her first commercial success was in her Tamil film Aanandham, which was the second film in her career.

Sneha has won two Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Unnai Ninaithu (2002)and Autograph (2004) and has been nominated thrice for a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She has also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress twice for her performances in the films Virumbugiren, Aanandham, Punnagai Desam (2001) and Pirivom Santhippom (2008) and earned a Vijay Award for Best Actress for her brilliant performance in Pirivom Santhippom(2008). She also received her Nandi Award in the year 2005 for her performance in the movie Radha Gopalam and Kalaimamani Award from the State of Tamil Nadu in the year 2006.


Career

Sneha began her film career in the 2001 Malayalam film Ingane Oru Nilapakshi in a supporting role; however, her major breakthrough came later that year in a Tamil language film, Ennavale opposite Madhavan. Later that year, she starred in the film, Aanandham which was a mammootty starrer as well as K. Balachandar's, Parthale Paravasam. She finished the year with a foray into Telugu cinema, making two appearances in notable films. Priyamaina Neeku was her first film in Telugu. It went on to be a blockbuster.

A total of 8 films were released in 2002 including her second major hit in Telugu with Hanuman Junction as well as other hits in Unnai Ninaithu and April Madhathil. Prestigious films with top actors also followed, such as King and Pammal K. Sambandam with Vikram and Kamal Haasan respectively. After a successful previous year, Sneha acted in only two films in 2003. The first being Vaseegara with Vijay, the second being a heroine-oriented double role in Parthiban Kanavu. The film became a commercial hit as well as winning plaudits for Sneha's portrayal of the double role.

The year 2004 was a mixed year for the actress, with Jana, Bose and Adhu, a horror film, all failing at the box-office. However, Vasool Raja MBBS opposite Kamal Haasan and her Telugu film Venky became blockbusters, while Autograph was a box-office hit which won critical acclaim.

The years 2005 and 2006 were good for the actress, with Telugu films like Sankranthi with Venkatesh, Radha Gopalam with Srikanth, Sri Ramadasu with Nagarjuna, and Thuruppu Gulan with Mammootty and Pudhupettai with Dhanush winning plaudits at box office, while others released in the respective years turning as average grossers at the box office. With Thuruppu Gulan she paired with the Malayalam mega Star Mammootty. In the year 2006, she made her debut into Kannada film industry through Ravi Shastri. With that she covered all the South Indian languages.

The year 2007 was a good year for the actress. She had Naan Avanillai and Pallikoodam turning out to be super hits.while her Telugu movies Madhumasamand Maharadhi turned out to be average grossers at box office.

In the year 2008, Sneha won many plaudits for her performance through her Heroine-Oriented film Pirivom Santhippom with Cheran. She paired with Silambarasan in the movie Silambattam which gave her a commercial success and with a Cameo appearance in the movie Kuselan with Super Star Rajini Kanth, she completed 50 Films within a short span and also got a chance to share her screen space with Super Star. She tried a glamorous role with Pandi and Inba, while both turning out to be average grossers. Her Telugu films Nee Sukhame Ne Korukunna and Pandurangadu turned out to be average grossers while Adivishnu flopped at the box office.

The year 2009 was totally different for the actress with the Social Thriller film Achchamundu Achchamundu with the Hollywood star John Shea appearing in a villainous role with Prasanna as her pair. Then she had Amaravathi, again a Thriller film of different Genre. Both won many plaudits for the bold theme of Pedophiles and Womb stealing respectively. The former film won many awards in the International Panorama and the later grossed average at Box Office.

In 2010, with Venkat Prabhu's Goa, she again forayed into Glamorous Ultra-Modern chick role with a few Grey shades. Then she shared her screen space for the first time with Vishal through a Cameo appearance in the movie Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai. Her next release was Pramani with the Malayalam mega Star Mammootty, which had a very good opening at the box office with positive reviews from critics but later turned to be an Average fare. She appeared in a Cameo role as herself in the movie Angadi Theru, directed by the renowned director Vasantha Balan of Veyil fame and the movie opened to stupendous reviews and response which turned to be a Blockbuster Hit. She also paired up with the Malayalam actor Mohanlal for the first time for the movie Shikkar, The Hunt, which was released on the eve of Ramzan which was a Huge Hit and it is considered as a milestone in Mohanlal's history. Her another film with Mammootty, Vande Mataram where she played an Aviator released to mixed reviews of critics.

The most awaited Bhavani IPS is also gearing up for the release, where she appears as a tough Police Officer. She has Vidiyal, where she appear as a Muslim girl for the first time and also alongside actor Sarath Kumar, slated as a late 2010 release. She also have Ponnar Shankar penned by C.M of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, which is being made in a big budget of 40 Crores. Then Nootrukku Nooru alongside Vinay Rai and Murattu Kaalai with Sundar C awaiting release.

She also appeared in so many commercial ads like Saravana Stores, Roobini Oil, Aashirvadh, Idhayam Dots, Jos Aalukkas, Power Shampoos, Shree Devi Textiles, Preethi Mixi, GRB Udhayam Ghee, Papilon etc. In 2010, she was announced as the brand ambassador for the Dabur Amla Nelli Hair Oil and Cavin Kare's Chinni's Pickle ads. She owns a Marriage Hall in Panruti.




Sneha Ullal

Sneha Ullal (born 18 December 1987)[1]  is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Tollywood & Bollywood  films. She is best known for her role in the Telugu film Ullasamga Utsahamga.


Personal life and education

Ullal was born in Muscat, Oman to Indian immigrants parents of Devadiga[2] community from Mangalore.

She studied at Indian School Muscat & Salalah in Oman. Later she moved to Mumbai with her mother and attended Durelo Convent High School and later studied at MMK College. At college she befriended Arpita Khan, her college mate and the younger sister of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. The friendship led to the chance meeting with Salman Khan and film offers.

  Career

Ullal made her movie debut in the 2005 Hindi movie Lucky: No Time for Love across Salman Khan. After that she appeared in a movie with Khan's brother Sohail Khan in Aryan, which did not do well in the box office[3].
After this movie, she was noted for striking similarities in appearance with Aishwarya Rai.

Since then she has appeared many successful Telugu Movies such Ullasamga Utsahamga, her Telugu debut. It was a huge hit and she became popular in the South. Nenu Meeku Telusa...? was her second Telugu release. After that she appeared in an item number named Nuvvu ready in the Telugu movie King opposite Nagarjuna.

In 2009, Ullal appeared in one Bollywood film and another Telugu film, neither of which were successes. She has also acted in Simha opposite Balakrishna,which turned out to be a blockbuster.




Kajol Devgan

Kajol Devgan, née Mukherjee (Bengali: কাজল দেবগন Kājal Debgôn; born 5 August 1975), popularly known as Kajol, is an Indian film actress appearing in Hindi films.

Kajol made her acting debut in the film Bekhudi (1992) and had her first commercial success with her second film Baazigar (1993) along with Shahrukh Khan, with whom she would deliver some of Bollywood’s biggest hits, like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) ,Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and My Name is Khan (2010). Her performances in all three of these films were praised and earned her three Filmfare Best Actress Awards. After the successful Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001, she took a sabbatical from full time acting for five years. She made a comeback with Kunal Kohli's Fanaa (2006), for which she received her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. She is married to fellow Indian actor Ajay Devgan



Career

Kajol left her school St. Josephs convent at Panchgani and started her career at the age of seventeen. Although her debut film, Bekhudi (1992) was a box office failure, her performance was noticed and she went on to work with big production houses in India.

In 1993, she shot to fame with her second film, Baazigar. The film was her first major hit, and her pairing with Shahrukh Khan was appreciated. She later went on to make a popular pairing with him in a number of films, all of which were box office successes.[5]

Her first release in 1994, Udhaar Ki Zindagi, was a box-office failure.[6] Despite that, her performance in the film was much appreciated by critics, and she won the BFJA Best Actress Award for her performance. She next starred in her first Yash Raj Film, the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. The film was a box office success and her performance as Sapna, a strong dreamy girl who leaves her paternal home to make her own life in the big city, earned her a first nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.

The year 1995 proved to be very successful for Kajol, as she went on to star in two of the year's biggest hits. Her first release was Rakesh Roshan's Karan Arjun. The film, which dealt with reincarnation, became the second biggest hit of the year.[7] While her next three releases that year failed at the box office, her last release, Aditya Chopra's directorial debut, the romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, was not only the biggest hit of that year, but one of Hindi cinema's biggest hits.[8] In 2008, the film entered its twelfth year in Mumbai theaters, grossing over 12 billion rupees overall, making it one of the biggest blockbusters in Bollywood.[9] Kajol's performance in the film was praised, and she received her first Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Kajol had only one release in 1996, Bambai Ka Babu, opposite Saif Ali Khan, which was a box office failure.[10]

In 1997, Kajol starred in Gupt: The Hidden Truth. Co-starring actors Bobby Deol and Manisha Koirala, the film was one of the highest grossing films of that year.[11] Apart from that, her performance was a significant development for female actors in Bollywood; she was the first female actor to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award. Her next film release that year was Hamesha. Like Karan Arjun, the film dealt with the topic of reincarnation. However, unlike the latter, it failed at the box office.[11] She next starred in her first Tamil film, Minsaara Kanavu. The film was a major critical success and Kajol won her first Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards South ceremony. Her final release of that year was the romantic-comedy Ishq, where she was paired with her then future husband, Ajay Devgan. It performed well at the box office.[11]

Kajol had further success in 1998, as she was the main lead starred in three of the year's biggest hits.[12] She first starred opposite Salman Khan in the comedy Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. The film was the fourth highest grossing film of the year. Her next release, Dushman alongside Sanjay Dutt, did moderately well at the box office. She had a double role in the film, and won her first Star Screen Award for Best Actress for her performance. She next starred opposite Ajay Devgan in the romance Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, which was the second biggest hit of that year. However, her biggest success that year came with her last release, Karan Johar's directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which went on to become the biggest hit of the year in both India and overseas.[13] She won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance.

Kajol's first release in 1999 was the drama film Dil Kya Kare. She played the supporting role of Nandita Rai, which was well received. She had a hit with her second release, the family drama Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain. Starring alongside Anil Kapoor, Kajol received another Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare.[14]

She had an unsuccessful year in 2000, as her only release that year, Raju Chacha went unnoticed.[15]

Kajol had only two films released in 2001. She first played a double role in the drama Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, which was a commercial failure. However, she reinvented her success in her second venture with Karan Johar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which was one of the biggest hits of the year,[16] and for which she won several Best Actress awards, including her third Filmfare Best Actress Award and her second Star Screen Award for Best Actress. Critic Taran Adarsh, wrote of her performance in the film, "Kajol is first-rate in the role of a typical Chandni Chowk lass. Her Punjabi dialect will win her immense praise. The sequence when she seeks Amitabh's aashirwad, without him knowing about it, is terrific."[17] Following the success of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kajol took a sabbatical from full time acting for five years. She gave birth to her daughter Nysa in 2003.

She made a successful comeback in 2006 with Kunal Kohli's drama Fanaa, one of the highest grossing films of the year.[18] Portraying a blind Kashmiri girl who falls in love with a Kashmiri terrorist (played by Aamir Khan) in the film, she won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award, which placed her at par with Meena Kumari and Madhuri Dixit, each of whom holds 4 Best Actress awards from Filmfare. (Kajol's late aunt, Nutan currently holds the record for five such awards.)

U, Me aur Hum, which released on 11 April 2008, marked her husband Ajay Devgan's directorial debut. The film performed moderately at the box office and Kajol was critically praised for her sensitive portrayal as an Alzheimer patient. For her performance in the film, she received her tenth Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. Raja Sen wrote in his review, ""... Kajol ... can span through happy-breezy with her eyes closed, and so the first half doesn't even pose her a challenge, but when Alzheimer's strikes Piya and she begins to forget all that matters in her life, Kajol raises the bar strikingly high."[19]

Kajol was recently seen in Karan Johar's new movie My Name Is Khan, which is based on a true story, against the backdrop of perceptions on Islam post 11 September. Filming commenced in December 2008 in Los Angeles and ended in October 2009. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in the overseas market. Kajol's portrayal of a single mother was well-received with Rajeev Masand writing, "Bringing emotional depth to what is essentially Rizwan's story, Kajol is immensely likeable as Mandira, using her eyes to convey volumes, topping the performance off with a powerful breakdown scene that literally puts her through the wringer."[20]

She next starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in We Are Family, an Indian adaptation of the Hollywood movie Stepmom (1998). Directed by Siddharth Malhotra, the feature received pre-dominantly positive reviews and Kajol's performance of a terminally ill mother was praised by critics. Her forthcoming film, Toonpur Ka Superhero, a live-action/animated film, is due for release in December 2010.




Pooja

Pooja (born 25 June 1981 as Pooja Gauthami Umashankar) is an actress who has appeared in Tamil, Sinhalese and Malayalam  films. Following a series of successful commercial ventures, Bala's Naan Kadavul saw Pooja's performance as a blind beggar praised by the critics, securing major awards, including the South Filmfare and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, in the process

Early life

Her mother is a Sri Lankan Sinhalese and her father is Kannadiga.[1] The languages she can speak are Kannada, Tamil, Sinhalese, and English. She went to school and college in Bangalore, Baldwin's and Mount Carmel College respectively. Her fathers name is Uma Shankar who was at Valparai working with Hindustan Unilever Limited as a manager.Her father was not at all interested in film industry but she was attached to it.

Career

Her debut film was Ullam Ketkumae in Tamil with Shaam, Laila, Arya, and Asin Thottumkal which was directed by the late Jeeva. It wasn't released until her second and third films Jay Jay and Attagasam released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. She bagged one of the main roles in Bala's Naan Kadavul by replacing Bhavana and was appreciated by the critics for her fantastic performance.

She became a sensation in Sri Lankan film industry and a household name after the success of Anjalika (2005) and Asai Man Piyambanna (2007). This also earned her the role of broadband ambassador for SLT (Sri Lanka Telecom).



Reema Khan

Reema Khan, known by her screen name Reema, is a Pakistani  Lollywood  film actress, director  and producer. She has appeared in more than 200 films since making her debut in 1990.

Early life

Khan was born in 1971 in Multan, Pakistan.[1] She was first spotted in 1990 by the Pakistani film director, Javed Fazil, and was offered the leading role in his film, Bulandi

Career

In 1990, Khan started her film career through Javed Fazil’s Bulandi.

Khan's early films included Zherilay, Ishq, Naag Devta, Pyar Hi Pyar, Sailab, Dil, Aag, Shama and Sahiba

These were followed with films such as, Hina, Anjuman, Chakuri, Chandni, Neelam and Insaniat. She appeared in director Shameem Ara’s film, Hathi Meray Sathi, and in director Altaf Hussain’s film Rani Beti Raj Karegi


Films

    * 1990 (Bulandi, Zeherelay)
    * 1991 (Afzal Khan, Ishq, Naag Devta, Khatroon Ke Khiladi, Pyar Hi Pyar, Darandgi, Saelaab, Maedan-e-Jang, Dil)
    * 1992 (Shezada, Aag, Muhammad Khan, Shaman, Sahiba, God Father, Ishq Zindabad, Akhara, Majhoo, Mehbooba, Chahat )
    * 1993 (Hinna, Anjuman, Ruqa, Mulakhro, Paida Geer, Chakori, Sheeda Tali, Chandi, Neelam, Aroosa, Jhootay Raess, Betaj Badshah, Daku Choor Sapahi, Teesri Dunia, Doori, Putar Munawar Zareef Da, Ghunda, Aan Milo Sajna, Hathi Mere Sathi, Dunia Meri Jaib Mein)
    * 1994 (Khandan, GujarBadshah, Miss Fitna, Muhalay Dar, Jaan, Laat Saab, Naseeb, Beta, Bala Peeray Da, Munda Kashmiri, But Shikan)
    * 1995 (Munda Bigra Jaye, Muskrahat, Jo Dar Gaya Woh Mar Gaya, Chaudhry Badshah, Sarak, Akhri Mujra, Madame Rani)
    * 1996 (Love 95, Talismi Jazeerah, Choor Machae Shoor, Mamla Garbar Hai, Hum Tu Chale Susral, Huwaien, Lakht-e-Jigar, Sab Se Bara Rupiah, Miss Istanbul, Mummy, Aalmi Ghunday, Be Qabu, Hum Hain Aap Ke Ghulam)
    * 1997 (Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin, Uqaboon Ka Nasheman, Mafia, Najaiz, Aulad Ki Qasam, Dunia Hai Dil Walon Ki, Mein Khialdai Tu Anadi, Khuda Jane, Hum Tumhare Hain, Krishma, Raja Pakistani, Devar Dewane)
    * 1998 (Insaaf Ho Tu Aisa, Zevar, Tu Meri Mein Tera, Zor, Nakhra Gori Da, Jise De Mula, Dil Sambhala Na Jaye, Nikkah, Zidi, King Maker, Dulha Le Ker Jaon Gi, Doli Saja Ker Rakhna,
    * 1999 (Waris, Dushman Zinda Rahe, Nikki Jai Haan, Kursi Aur Qanoon, Ik Pagal Si Ladki, Naukar, Dil Tu Pagal Hai)
    * 2000 (Long Da Lishkara, Yaar Chan Wargah, Mujhay Chand Chaheay, Pehchan, Pasand, Sangdil, Khuda Ke Choor, Banarsi Choor, Bilo 420, Barood)
    * 2002 (Khuda Kasam, Shoolay, Majhoo Da Wair, Sheer-e-Pakistan, Kon Bane Ga Karoorpati, Fire)
    * 2003 (Shararat)
    * 2005 (Koi Tujh Sa Kahan)
    * 2006 Shubhamangal Savadhan, Muhabbtetien, One Two Ka One
    * 2009 Modh
    * 2010 Love Mein Gum (Self Directed and produced)






Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif (Kashmiri: कैटरीना कैफ़ (Devanagari), كترينا كيف (Nastaleeq)) (born 16 July 1984) is an British Indian actress and former model who appears in Indian films, mainly in the Hindi-language film industry.[1][2]  She has also appeared in Telugu, and Malayalam films.

Early life

Kaif was born in Hong Kong[3] to an Indian Kashmiri father,[4][5][6] Mohammed Kaif, and an English mother, Suzanne Turquotte[7], both of whom are British citizens. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Kaif has seven siblings. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother's home country, England.

Career

Kaif began her modeling career at the age fourteen; her first job was for a jewelry campaign. She continued modeling in London under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses such as La Senza and Arcadius, and even walked on the London Fashion Week.[3]

Kaif's London modeling-work led to her discovery by London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a part in his film Boom (2003). She moved to Mumbai and was offered a number of modeling assignments. However, filmmakers were initially hesitant to sign her because she could not speak Hindi.[8][9]

Kaif saw moderate success with the 2005 film Sarkar, where she played the bit part of Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend, and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), where she was paired opposite Salman Khan.

In 2007, Kaif appeared in her first major hit movie, Namastey London, wherein she starred as a British Indian girl alongside Akshay Kumar for the second time after the box office letdown Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006). Her run of hit films continued with Apne, Partner, and Welcome.[10]

In 2008, she played the villain role for the first time in Abbas-Mustan's hit action thriller Race. She played the role of Saif Ali Khan's secretary who is secretly in love with his hostile stepbrother (played by Akshay Khanna). Kaif's second release of the year was Anees Bazmee's production Singh Is Kinng, opposite Akshay Kumar. The film was a big success at the box office. Kaif's final release of the year, Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj, was a commercial failure[11], but its script has made its way into the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for artistic merits, original screenplay with a substance, and the film as a whole.[12][13]

Kaif's first release for 2009, New York, with John Abraham, was a critical and commercial success.[14] Kaif's performance was highly regarded. Wrote critic Taran Adarsh, "Katrina gives you the biggest surprise. Known for her glamour roles, Katrina proves that she can deliver if the director and writer offer her a role of substance. She's outstanding. In fact, people will see a new, different Katrina this time."[15]

She next played a bit role as a biker chick in the multi-starrer action film Blue, popularly known as India's first underwater thriller,[16] which performed decently at the box office.[17] The film was not successful.

At the year's end, she appeared in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, with Ranbir Kapoor, and De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar. Both films were commercial successes.

Kaif's first film of 2010 was Raajneeti, where she appeared opposite Ranbir Kapoor. The film did extremely well at the box office, receiving a blockbuster status.[18] She is currently filming Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. The film is set to be released on 24 December 2010.[19] Her popularity led her to be named as one of Bollywood's six top actresses in a September 2010 article, alongside actresses Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Deepika Padukone and Kangna Ranau


Awards

Nominated

    * 2005: Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Debut, Sarkar
    * 2008: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Race
    * 2009: Apsara Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role, Race
    * 2009: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Singh Is Kinng
    * 2009: Stardust Award for Star Of The Year, Singh Is Kinng
    * 2009: Stardust Award for Best Actress In A Negative Role, Race
    * 2010: Screen Award for Best Actor In Popular Category, New York
    * 2010: Stardust Star of the Year Award – Female for New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani [3]
    * 2010: Filmfare Best Actress Award for New York[21]

Winner

    * 2006: Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
    * 2006: Idea Zee F Awards, Fashion Diva of the Year [4]
    * 2008: Zee Cine Awards, British Indian Actor Award
    * 2008: IIFA Awards, Style Diva of the Year
    * 2008: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine, Singh Is Kinng
    * 2008: Apsara Film Producers Guild of India Awards, Style Diva of the Year
    * 2009: Rajiv Gandhi Award[22]
    * 2009: Golden Kela Awards, Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent
    * 2009: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine [5]
    * 2009: ASSOCHAM Award, Performing Excellence [6]
    * 2010: Star Screen Awards, Entertainer of the year [7]
    * 2010: Stardust Awards, Best Actress - Popular Award for New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani




Monica Bellucci

Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy,[2][3]  the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company.[4]  Bellucci started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia,[5]  but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.

Bellucci was married to fashion photographer Claudio Carlos Basso in 1990. She is currently married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films, and has two daughters, Deva (born 12 September 2004) and Léonie (born 21 May 2010).[6][7] In 2004, while pregnant with Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm.[8] She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the April 2010 issue of Italian Vanity Fair.[9]

In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, she stated: "I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings



Modeling

At the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
At the 2009 Women's World Award.
Photographed by Studio Harcourt Paris in 2008

In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire's feature on Desire featured Ms. Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[11] In 2004, she topped AskMen's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list. Bellucci's modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol.[12][13][14] She is currently a face of a range of Dior Cosmetics. Bellucci is also signed to Storm Model Management in London.


Film

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L'Appartement[16] and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Irréversible (2002) and has played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don't Look Back (2009), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), etc.

She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved.

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007).[17] She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and the French voice of Cappy for the French version of the 2005 animated film Robots




Imogen Bailey

Imogen Bailey (born 7 July 1977 in Canberra  Australia) is an Australian model, actress and singer. She is currently based in Sydney and is best known for her role on Neighbours  as Nicola West.

Modeling

Imogen Bailey has posed nude for Black+White magazine, her personal belief about nudity being expressed by the following words of hers: "I believe that the human form is a wonderful creation. Any nudity that I have chosen to do has always been beautiful and tasteful."[2]

She also appeared as a weekly columnist in Australian Magazine, and Zoo Weekly (from the publishers of FHM), giving advice to guys about their girlfriends while wearing her bikini.




Priyanka Chopra

 Priyanka Chopra (Hindi: प्रियंका चोपड़ा; born 18 July 1982)[1]  is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 2000.[2]

Chopra made her acting debut with the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. The following year, she made her Bollywood film debut with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and followed it with the hit Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2004, she became the second woman to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award, which she received for her critically acclaimed performance in Aitraaz. Chopra would later have commercial success with films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Krrish (2006) and Don - The Chase Begins Again.[3] Chopra earned a Filmfare Best Actress Award and a National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a model in Fashion (2008) and has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Bollywood.




Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta (Hindi: प्रीति ज़िंटा, pronounced [ˈpriːt̪ɪ ˈzɪɳʈaː] ; born 31 January 1975)[1]  is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year. These performances earned her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award, and she was later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna (2000). She subsequently played a variety of character types; her film roles along with her screen persona contributed to a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine.[2]

Zinta received her first Filmfare Best Actress Award in 2003 for her performance in the drama Kal Ho Naa Ho. She went on to play the lead female role in two consecutive annual top-grossing films in India: the science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, her biggest commercial success,[3] and the star-crossed romance Veer-Zaara, which earned her critical acclaim. She was later noted for her portrayal of independent, modern Indian women in Salaam Namaste and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, top-grossing productions in overseas markets.[4] These accomplishments have established her as a leading actress of Hindi cinema.[5][6] Her first international film role was in the Canadian film Heaven on Earth, for which she was awarded the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.[7]

In addition to movie acting, Zinta has written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia, is a regular stage performer, and along with ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia she is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab. She is known in the Indian media for publicly speaking her mind and openly expressing her opinions, and consequently has sparked the occasional controversy.[8][9] These controversies include her being the only witness not to retract in court her earlier statements against the Indian mafia during the 2003 Bharat Shah case, for which she was awarded the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award.




Namita Mukesh

Namitha(Telugu: నమిత,Tamil: நமிதா; born as Namita Mukesh Vankawala on May 10, 1980 in Surat, Gujarat, India) is an Indian  actress, who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam & English films.

Film career

She made her acting debut in the Telugu film Sontham. Subsequent to that, she starred in the Tamil film "Aai" which featured the song "Arjuna Arjuna". She has acted with leading heroes such as Sarathkumar,Joseph Vijay,Ajith,Nandamuri Balkrishna,Vijayakanth etc.She mostly plays second heroine in her films.




Anarkalli Aakarsha

Anarkalli Aakarsha Jayatilaka (born July 11, 1987) is a Sri Lankan film and teledramaactress. She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2004 beauty pageant.

Jayatilaka’s first public opportunity to act came when Somaratne Dissanayake and Renuka Balasuriya, who directed and produced the teledrama Iti Pahan in 1995, were in search of a little girl who was fluent in English. In the drama, she performed the role of “Daisy Susan” beside renowned actress Vasanthi Chaturani.

After a nearly seven year hiatus, she returned to acting in 2003 when, at 15, she was cast in a lead role in Pissu Trible.Subsequently, she performed in several successful movies, and received acclaim in teledrama performances with her roles as “Inoka” in Sihinayak Paata Paatin and ‘Tanya’ in Santhuwaranaya.

Jayatilaka also works as a model, brand ambassador, presenter and often makes appearances in song visuals.




Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been cited as one of the world's most attractive people, as well as the world's "most beautiful" woman, titles for which she has received substantial media attention.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Though she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out, Jolie's acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.[7] She has had her biggest commercial successes with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008).[8]

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.



Jyothika Sadanah

Jyothika Sadanah was born to Chander Sadanah, a film producer, and Seema Sadanah, on 18 October. 1978 in Mumbai, India. She was born into a Punjabi family. Actress Nagma is her half sister. She completed her schooling in Learner's Academy, Mumbai. She later majored in Psychology at the Mithibai College in Mumbai[citation needed]. She also has two other siblings, Roshini (born Radhika) and Suraj, who is working as an assistant director for Priyadarshan.

She married actor Surya Sivakumar on 11 September 2006, with whom she had acted in seven films. The couple have a daughter, Diya, who was born in August 2007 and a son, Dev, born in June 2010.
[edit] Career

Her first movie was the Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with her co-star Akshay Khanna , directed by Priyadarshan.

She later ventured into the Kollywood film industry. Her first role, in 1999, was a cameo appearance in Vaali, which starred Ajith Kumar and Simran. That year, another film, Poovellam Kettuppar was released. Saravanan played the protagonist's love interest, alongside her future husband, Surya Sivakumar.

She was awarded the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her role in Kushi. She also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Perazhagan in 2004, Chandramukhi in 2005 and Mozhi in 2007. Her last movie, Seetha Kalyanam was released in 2009. She retired from acting after marriage.
[edit] Awards

Filmfare Best Tamil Debutant Award - Vaali (1999)
Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award - Kushi (2000)
Dinakaran Best Actress Award - Perazhagan (2004)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress - Perazhagan (2004)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress - Chandramukhi(2005)
Kalaimamani Best Actress Award - Chandramukhi (2005)
55th Fans Association Best Actress Award - Chandramukhi (2005)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress - Mozhi (2007)