Monday, October 26, 2009

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi is a model, actress and cookbook author.

Padma Parvati Lakshmi was born in Madras (now Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India on September 1, 1970

Padma Lakshmi grew up in America

At the age of 14 was in a car crash, when the car she was riding in with her parents was hit so hard by another driver that they where sent in the air. Everyone in the car that Padma Lakshmi was riding in survived but Padma Lakshmi was left with a large scare that runs down from her shoulder all the way down to her right elbow.

being scared didn't stop Padma Lakshmi from breaking into modeling at the age of 16. Padma Lakshmi modeling care started when a modeling agent saw Padma Lakshmi in cafe in Spain.

Padma Lakshmi says she is the first model of Indian descent to have a modeling career in places like New York, Milan, and Paris.

Due to modeling Padma Lakshmi was part of the 1995 documentary unzipped.

Padma Lakshmi got into acting in 1997 at first she just had small roles in a few Italian TV shows. Padma Lakshmi has had roles in the film Glitter and an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, an episode of the British show Sharpe and the 2006 TV miniseries the 10 commandments.

Padma Lakshmi biggest acting gigs so far are her roles in Indian films such as Boom and the Mistress of Spice.

In 1999 Padma Lakshmi wrote her first cookbook Easy Exotic, which won that years World Cookbook Awards Cookbook of the year award.

Due to her cookbook in 2000 Padma Lakshmi became the host of the doc Planet Food. In 2001 Padma Lakshmi became the host of Melting Pot: Padma's Passport and in 2006 Padma Lakshmi became the host of Top Chief.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Konnie Huq

Konnie Huq was born Kanak Huq on July 17th 1975 in Hammersmith, London, England.

Konni Huq's parents are from Pabna, Bangladesh

Konnie Huq is a British TV presenter who maybe best known for her work on the kid show Blue Peter. Konnie Huq was the co-host of the show from December 1997 to January 2008. Konnie Huq hosted the show longer then any other woman and is the the third longest running host of Blue Peter's history.

Besides Blue Peter Konnie Huq has hosted a number of other shows such as The Tube, Milkshake, UK top 40, ITV1 London, New York Fashion Week, Zoo days, Your News, Hannah-Oke, the 2008 UK School Games and other shows.

Konnie Huq also has done a bit of acting and appeared on The Sarah Jane Adventures, M.I High, and Robin Hood.

Konnie Huq may also be known for the fact that when she was running in the Olympic torch relay for the 2008 games someone tried to take the torch away from her in protest of the games being held in China, because of that countries human rights issues.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India on January 31, 1975.

Preity Zinta's father was an officer in the Indian army. When Preity Zinta was 13 years old her father and mother where in a car crash, Preity's dad died in the crash and her mother was injured so badly that she was bedridden for 2 years.

even through such hardships Preity Zinta still managed to get good grades in school and was a fan of Shakespeare and poetry.

Preity Zinta graduated form St. Bede college with an honors degree in English lit and graduated graduate school with a degree in criminal psychology

After college Preity Zinta when into modeling. Her first gig was a commercial for Perk chocolates.

Preity Zinta got into film acting when a friend of hers asked her to come to an audition with her for a Shekhar Kapur film. At the audition Preity Zinta was asked if she would also audition and when she did Shekhar Kapur told her that she should get into acting and gave her a role in the film Tara Rum Pum Pum that never got out of production.

even though that movie didn't get made Kapur recommended her for the movie Dil Se. It was a small role (only 20 minutes of the film) but it lead Preity Zinta to win a flimfare award for best supporting actress.

also in 1998 Preity Zinta worked in the film Soldier. thought that movie wasn't released until two years later.

Preity Zinta has acted in such films as Premante Idera, Raja Kumarudu, Sangharsh, Kya Kehna, Mission Kashmir, Dil Chahta Hai, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Koi... Mil Gaya, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, Kal Ho Naa, Veer-Zaara, Jaan-E-Mann, and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

in 1997 Preity Zinta decided to switch the direction of her career instead of acting in mainsteam bollywood films and worked in Indian new wave films (also known as Parallel Cinema) such as Hero, Heaven on Earth, The Last Lear, Har Pall, and Heroes.

In 2008 Preity Zinta became a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab.

Preity Zinta has been romantically linked to a number of people such as model Marc Robinson, fellow co-owner of Kings XI Punjab and heir to the The Bombay Dyeing & Mfg. Co. Ltd Ness Wadia and the Shekhar Kapur.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Payal Rohatgi

Payal Rohatgi was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India on November 9th in 1984.

Payal Rohatgi was originally a model and appeared in print, tv ads and music videos

in 2002 Payal Rohatgi was a finalist in Femina Miss India contest. Though not the winner her being a finalist lead to Payal Rohatgi being in the Hindi remake of American Pie, Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai.

Payal Rohatgi has appeared in such Bollywood films such as Plan, Rahkt, 36 China Town, Heyy Babyy, Dhol, and Dil Kabaddi

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mindy Kaling's birth name was Vera Mindy Chokalingam.

Mindy Kaling went to Dartmouth college where she was a member of the comic troupe called "The Dog Day Players" and was in a cappella group that was founded by comedienne Aisha Tyler called The Dartmouth Rockapellas.

Mindy Kaling was also the cartoonist for a comic strip that appeared in her colleges paper called Badly Drawn Girl.

in 2003 Mindy Kaling co-wrote the play Matt & Ben, Mindy Kaling also played Ben Affleck in that play. This play would be listed in Time as one of the top 10 theatrical events of that year.

The buzz form this play was good to Mindy Kaling because the next year she hired to be a writer for the American version of The Office. This writing job then lead to Mindy Kaling having an acting role on the show playing the character Kelly Kapoor. A character that Mindy Kaling says is based on how the head writers see her.

in 2008 Mindy Kaling co-wrote and starred in a web show called House Poor

Mindy Kaling as just signed a 7 figure deal with NBC to create her own TV show, while she works on the Office.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra is an English actress best known for her roles in the movie Bend it like Beckham and the TV show ER

Parminder Nagra was born in Leicester, England on October 15 1975. Her parents where immigrants form Punjab, Indian and moved to England in the 70's.

in school Parminder Nagra was in band (youth orchestra) and her school's drama club. Parminder Nagra acting in school most have been pretty good because after she graduated her drama teacher asked her to join Hathi Productions, a British Indian theater company. Parminder Nagra's first professional acting role was for the play Nimai where she played the lead.

Parminder Nagra stayed with Hathi for only a number of months before she decided to move to London and further her acting career in 1994. At first Parminder Nagra had a hard time finding acting work and had to sell her voila and take a stocking job but it was to long before 19 year old Parminder Nagra landed the role of the princess in a play of Sleeping Beauty.

From that play Parminder Nagra went back to working with theater companies with actors of Indian decent such as Tamasha and Tara Arts.

in 1996 Parminder Nagra signed to agent Joan Brown, who lead her to TV work. Parminder Nagra then acted in small roles in such shows as Casualty and The Kumars at No. 42.

in 97 Parminder Nagra starred in Oh Sweet Sita. which would lead to her role in Bend it like Bechham when the movies screenwriter say her and wrote the move with Parminder Nagra in mind for the lead, five years later the film was made and that part made Parminder Nagra an international star.

Parminder Nagra then had roles in the movie Ella Enchanted and a TV version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the television drama Second Generation

in 2003 Parminder Nagra became a cast member of the hit show ER which she starred in until the shows end on April 2nd in 2009. Parminder Nagra's role on the show is historic because it was the first recurring Indian character on American TV.

Parminder Nagra also did voiced work in the animated movie Batman: Gotham Knigh.

on January 17th 2009 Parminder Nagra married James Stenson.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a Tuluva model and bollywood actress.

Aiswarya Rai was born Mangalore, Karnataka, India on November 1st 1973. But she grew up mostly in Mumbai (maybe better known as Bombay to westerns)

Aiswarya Rai also goes by the nickname Ash.

well being a student at Ruparel College Aiswarya Rai started to do modeling work. In 94 Aiswarya Rai was the runner up in the Miss India pageant and went on to win Miss World.

after winning Miss World Aiswarya Rai dropped out of school and went into modeling full time.

in 97 Aiswarya Rai started her acting career in the Tamil film Iruvar. that year Aishwarya Rai made her Bollywood debut in the film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya. But it was her dual role in the movie Jeans that came out a year later that Aiswarya Rai started to get critical success.

Aishwarya Rai then went on to have a very success for acting career.

we'll just list just a few of the films in which Aishwarya Rai starred in. Devdas, the Pink Panther 2, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal, Dhoom 2, Raavan, Endhiran, Mistress of Spices, Raincoat, Josh, Hum Kisise Kum Nahi, and Bride and Prejudice.

on April 20th 2007 Aishwarya Rai married actor Abhishek Bachchan.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam better know to the world as the singer/producer/artist/fashion designer called M.I.A was born in Hounslow, London on July 17th 1977.

M.I.A's father is Tamil Activist, Arul Pragasam (also known as Arular) who was a founding member of EROS (The Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students) and he is also a founder of Institute of Sustainability Development at Trincomalee

When she was only six months old, Mathangi Arulpragasam and her family moved to Sri Lanka (where her parents where from) because M.I.A's father wanted to support the Tamil people's struggle for independents.

Maya Arulpragasam didn't see her father much when she was growing up due to his activities as a political activist (which made him a wanted man with the Sri Lankan military) and when M.I.A did meet her father he was introduced to them as their Uncle, to make sure his young childern wouldn't accidentally give away his whereabouts when they where questioned by the Sri Lankan army.

During the early 80's M.I.A and her family moved to the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Indian, due to the civil war in Sri Lanka At first her family did well, M.I.A and her sister did great in school, but over time they fell on hard times. They saw less of their relatives and the money that was sent to them started to dry up and M.I.A and her family became ill.

because of this they moved back to Sri Lanka (this time in the town of Yazhpanam/Jaffna) but by the late 80's the family had to move again due to the civil war in Sri Lanka.

First they went back to India but ended up settling in London as refugees.

It was in London that a preteen Maya Arulpragasam was introduced to hip-hop, via such artist as KRS-One, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A and Roxanna Shante.

Maya Arulpragasam later became a student at London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where she studied fine art and film.

M.I.A almost had a career just an artist (actor Jude Law was her Patron) but she took a job to do art for the band Elastica, which ended up with her Maya Arulpragasam going on tour with the band in the states. on that tour M.I.A meet electronica artist Peaches who thought Mathangi Arulpragasam how to use a 505 sequencing machine.

The music bug bit her and when she got back to London, M.I.A bought her own 505 and started making music with it. She made a six track demo tape that included the song Galang

M.I.A's music has elements of hip-hop, electrinica, grim, indian music and sounds form all around the world mixed together in a unique blend that can only be seen as M.I.A style.

M.I.A music also has deep political meanings to go along with her great beats. As M.I.A says she finds it hard to rap about nothing (which sadly a lot of artist do)

though because of her deeply poltical message M.I.A has faced some censorship and has been hassled in a number of ways. MTV wouldn't play her song Sunshowers due to the lyrics and in 2006 she denied a visa to the US for awhile (luckily that is all cleared up and she is currently living in New York)

in 2008 M.I.A started her own record label, N.E.E.T.

and released her own clothing line

M.I.A's older sister is jewellery designer, Kali Arulpragasam. Kail is the founder and creative director of Super Fertile. like her younger sister M.I.A, Kali also used her art to make political messages.