They denied their plans of tying the knot almost throughout 2011. But Saif Ali Khan and girlfriend,Kareena Kapoor,seem to have finally made up their mind about getting married in 2012. It was Khans sister Soha who first let out that the wedding will be held in 2012. The couple confirmed this soon after,sharing their tentative plans every now and then. Even as they keep the details under wraps for now,the two have confirmed that it will be a royal affair.
India will have its first beatboxing orchestra,Voctronica,this year. Beatboxers,yodellers,rappers,singers and even classical vocalists from across the country sent in their entries in December 2011 and are being shortlisted on the strength of their vocal talent. The participants will be trained by UK-based beatboxing champion,Shlomo,to create music and the sounds of different instruments using only their voice.
The 100th 100
WILL the God finally do it or will the
nervous nineties get the better of him again? The question about Sachin
Tendulkar’s 100th century was lurking
in the minds of sports fans across the world the whole of this year. But 2012 may just be the year of this historic century,with three test matches left in the current India-Australia Series and the Asia Cup and Englands tour of India coming up later this year. Lets hope that there are no just-abouts this year.
She is now being dubbed as the latest favourite of Yash Raj Films. Parineeti Chopra who got noticed for the small part she played in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl will make her debut as a lead actress opposite Arjun Kapoor (Boney Kapoors son) in Habib Faisals directorial project,Ishaqzaade.
Waiting for Hirst and Ono
The list of collaborations between Indian and international artists and institutions is set to grow longer. For one,British artist Damien Hirsts work will be a part of the fourth edition of the annual India Art Fair,to open in New Delhi on January 25. Also,promising to be quite a spectacle later this month,is the wife of John Lennon,Yoko Ono. She will be in Delhi for her first art show in the country.
The Rise of Monica Dogra
Monica Dogra emerged as a confident poster girl for the evolving indie music scene in 2010. But it was this year that the raspy-voiced front woman of electro-funk band,Shaair + Func,crossed over as a music ambassador. She was appreciated for her Bollywood debut in Dhobi Ghat,but her musical forays defined her ascent. Dogras voice was inescapable in the popular series,The Dewarists,at NH7 Weekender,Pune,and the Goa Sunburn festival. With The Dewarists Season 2 expected in 2012,Dogra will remain at the centre of many collaborations.
The year 2012 will be bigger than ever in the recent past. It will open with the much-awaited film,Agneepath. Having edged out Dibakar Banerjees Shanghai to release at a later date,this remake of popular Amitabh Bachchan-starrer will release on January 26. This year,Saif Ali Khan will be seen in Agent Vinod and Race 2; Aamir Khan in Talaash and Dhoom:3. Akshay Kumar will return to action with Joker,Rowdy Rathore and Khiladi 786 and Salman Khan will woo the masses with Ek Tha Tiger. Shah Rukh Khan returns as the eternal loverboy in Yash Chopra’s much-anticipated directorial venture.
To Be Continued
The trend of turning popular films into franchises started last year. This year will be dotted with sequels. Sajid Khans ensemble cast from Housefull returns in an even-bigger avatar this April. John Abraham will be seen in Shootout at Wadala,a sequel to 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala. The audience can also look forward to Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum,Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2,Raaz 3,Race 2,Krissh 2,Tanu Weds Manu Season 2 and Rock On 2. And there will be Dabangg 2 in December.
When niche restaurants such as Diva in Delhi start putting pizzas on their menu,its surely a sign of the re-evaluation of junk food. Thanks to the less-than-stable state of the economy,people are going back to the MTV generation basics,albeit with a twist. From the bread being entirely dispensed-with in some cases,to Angus beef meat patties the degustation of burgers is gaining momentum. Ice creams are no longer confined to the back of the menu,but are served as appetisers and accompaniments to mains. Anyone fancy a scoop of bacon and peri-peri ice-cream?
Folk art is set to get its due. The Planning Commission announced a project in December 2011 to train 300 Madhubani artists. Kalamkari artist and revivalist,Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty from Andhra Pradesh,feels his craft revival mission will spread to other parts of India.