MADONNA – THE SEXY ENTERTAINER

Madonna was born on 16 August 1958 in Michigan. Her full name was Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna married Guy Ritchie, having divorced Sean Penn. However, in October 2008 Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced that were getting divorced. She has a huge IQ and reportedly enjoys chess. Madonna won a dance scholarship to Michigan University, but dropped out and went to New York. Madonna struggled for a while in various dance troupes and bands, and was briefly a backing vocalist/dancer to French disco star Patrick Hernandez.

Madonna’s debut album, titled Madonna, was released in 1983, and although it sold 3 million copies it was with her next album, Like a Virgin that she made most impact. Her music continued to be a critical and commercial success and in the past 20 years, Madonna has sold more than 250m records. Some people argue that Madonna lulled in the early part of the 2000s but there was no disputing that 2005 was a good year for Madonna (barring a horse-riding accident). Her Live 8 performance was highly regarded as was her album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, produced by Stuart Price, which contained the Number 1 single ‘Hung Up’. Madonna has been a hugely successful singer, but she is a woman of many talents. Her photo-book, Sex was a great commercial success although panned by many critics.

Madonna has also appeared in a variety of films including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), In Bed with Madonna (1991) and Evita (1996). Up until recently Madonna ran the record company Maverick, which (after a dispute) she sold to Warner Music. Madonna has recently written several children’s stories. Pundits have frequently referred to her successful branding and dubbed her a chameleon. Some compliment her for this, and others criticise her. Madonna has two children: Lourdes, fathered by personal trainer Carlos Leon, and Rocco with Guy Ritchie. Madonna can nowadays also be referred to as Esther.

As Madonna puts it: “I don’t go by the name of Esther, but yes, that is my Hebrew name. I chose it.” In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 Madonna said: “I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young. I wanted to attach myself to another name. So I read about all the women in the old testament and I love the story of Queen Esther.” Madonna came 8th in the Forbes list of the most powerful celebrities 2005. In February 2008, Filth and Wisdom, which was the first film directed by Madonna, was released. Meanwhile Madonna’s music continued to prove popular. In May 2008, Madonna had her tenth number one album in the UK with Hard Candy.AWARDS2009

Grammy Awards
Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))

2008

Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
Best Video for “4 Minutes”

Grammy Awards
Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”

World Music Awards
Best Selling American Artist

2007

Virgin.Net Awards
Best Solo Artist

The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
Best Female
Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”

Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”

The Ivor Novello Awards
International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
Best Dance Solo Artist

Grammy Awards
Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”

Elle Magazine Awards
Style Icon Award

2006

World Music Awards
World’s Best Pop Artist

TRL Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

NRJ Awards
Best International Female Artist

NME Awards
Sexiest Female

MVPA Awards
Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)

International Dance Music Awards
Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
Best Dance Artist Solo

Brit Awards
Best International Female

Billboard Touring Awards
Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)

Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)

2005

Meteor Ireland Music Awards
Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)

2004

UK Music Hall Of Fame
Founding Member

NRJ Music Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dancestar Awards
Best Chart Act

Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”

Billboard Awards
Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)

2003

Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”

MVPA Awards
Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “Swept Away”
Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini

Bulgarian MM Awards
Best International Video (Die Another Day)

American Music Awards
Michael Jackson Award

2002

International Dance Music Awards
Best Solo Dance Artist

DVD Awards
Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”

ASCAP Awards
Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”

AOL Viewers Choice Awards
Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”

2001

NRJ Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Female

MVPA Awards
Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Solo Artist
Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
Best Dance Video “Music”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”

Grammy Awards
Best Video Of The Year “Music”
Best Recording Package “Music”

Edison Awards
Best International Female Artist

Danish Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Hit “Music”

Capital FM Awards
Favorite International Solo Artist

Billboard Awards
Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”

Brit Awards
Best International Female

2000

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Premios Amigos Awards
Best International Female Singer

MVPA Awards
Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Dance

Grammy Awards
Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress of the Century

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”

1999Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)MVPA Awards
Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”

Music Week CAD Awards
Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
Best Dance Video “Frozen”

MTV Video Music Awards
Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”

Grammy Awards
Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)

1998

Viva Comet Awards
Best International Artist

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)

Much Music Awards
Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)

VH-1 Fashion Awards
The Versace Award
Most Fashinable Artist
Most Stylish Music Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female
Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award

1997

Golden Globe Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
Best Movie (“Evita”)

Billboard Awards
Artist Achievement Award

American Moviegoer’s Awards
Best Actress (“Evita”)
Best Direction (“Evita”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)

1996

MTV Latin Music Awards
Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
Best Video (“Veras”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)

Echo Awards
Best International Female Artist

ASCAP Awards
Best Song (“You’ll See”)

1995

VH-1 Fashion Awards
Most Fashionable Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)

1994

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)

1993

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)

1992

Grammy Awards
Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”

1991

MTV Video Music Awards
Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)

Juno Awards
Best International Single (“Vogue”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)

1990

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)

1989

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Art Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video
Best Cinematography In A Video

International Music Awards
Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)

1988

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)

1987

MuchMusic Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

1986

People’s Choice Awards
Favorite Female Musical Performer

MTV Video Music Awards
Video Vanguard Award

Juno Awards
Best International Album (“True Blue”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)

1985

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

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CHETAN BHAGAT – THE MODERN INDIAN AUTHOR

Chetan Bhagat was born on April 22, 1974 in New Delhi. He is an Indian author who has written Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT , One Night @ the Call Center, The Three Mistakes of My Life and 2 States – The Story Of My Marriage. He has also written the script of Hello, the Hindi movie based on One Night @ the Call Center. He is married to Anusha, who was his classmate in IIM.Along with Advaita Kala and Karan Bajaj, Chetan Bhagat is considered among the trio of modern Indian writers that have rewritten Indian publishing rules and brought a new scale to the Indian publishing landscape with previously unheard of book sales.

Bhagat attended Army Public School from the year 1978 to 1991, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT), (1991-1995) Delhi, and then studied at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM) (1995-1997) where he was named “The Best Outgoing Student”.

He fell in love with his IIM Ahmedabad classmate Anusha and they eventually got married.[1] A fictionalized version of his love story is given in his book 2 states – The story of my marriage.

Bhagat’s writing style tends to be simple, with linear narratives and vivid storytelling. His protagonists tend to be named after Lord Krishna, like Hari, Shyam, Govind or Krishna. All his books have a number in the title (e.g. ‘five’ in the first, ‘one’ in the second, ‘three’ in the third and ‘two’ in his latest book.) When asked about this Chetan replied “I’m a banker, I can’t get numbers out of my head.” He is a columnist with Dainik Bhaskar & The Times Of India, and writes on political issues.

ON TELEVISION

Chetan Bhagat is a judge on a soon to be hosted Reality show by Star News called Star Anchor Hunt.

AWARDS

  • Society Young Achiever’s award in 2004.
  • Publisher’s recognition award in 2005.

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KAMAL HASSAN – A DEDICATED ACTOR OF TAMIL CINEMA

Kamal Hassan’s affinity towards and excellence in the performing arts was evident even as a child, when he won his first National Film Award. He has since then stepped into the shoes of a Bharthnatyam dancer, actor, screenplay writer, director, lyricist, playback singer and known to play multiple roles in a single film – all of which command an applause.

Kamal Hassan was born into an Iyengar family on the 7th November 1954 in Paramakudi in Tamil Nadu. His father Srinivasan practiced law and his mother is Rajalakshmi. His brothers Charu and Chandra also carry the surname Hassan owing to their father’s friendship with a man named Hassan.

Hassan was married to classical dancer Vani Ganapathi in 1978. They parted ways in 1988. He then married the actress Sarika with whom he had two daughters Akshara and Shruthi, the latter is all set to make her mark as an actress. The marriage with Sarika broke up in 2002. He is rumoured to be living with Gouthami, a well-known actress.He is a recipient of the Padma Shri award in 1990.

1960 Kamal Hassan, made his debut in 1960, when he was six years old, in the Tamil film Kalathur Kannamma. He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist, the first of his four National Awards. He acted in atleast five other films as a child. 1970-1979 When he came back to films again in 1972, he played second fiddle to leading stars like in Arangetram and Sollathan Ninaikkiren. In 1974, his acting prowess was recognized with a Filmfare Best Actor Award for his role in Kanyakumari, a Malayalam film. The awards became almost routine with the Tamil films that followed like K. Balachander’s Apoorva Raagangal which explored relationships with age-gaps, which was controversial in that era; 16 Vayathinile in which he played the role of a man who is mentally undeveloped and also Manmadha Leelai, and Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu. He was part of several films directed by K.Balachandran and worked with co-stars like Sridevi and Rajinikanth.

1980-1989 The eighties saw him in Tamil films like Moondram Pirai and Apoorva Sagodharargal. He won the National Film Award for Moondram Pirai in which he played a teacher with Sridevi. His Telugu film in 1983, Saagara Sangamam won him the Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award for his portrayal of a dancer. He also starred in the Hindi films Ek Duje Ke Liye and Sagar, the latter won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award, in 1985. The 1989 film, Pushpak, a silent film and a black comedy, won him the Filmfare Best Kannada Actor Award. Nayagan, inspired by The Godfather, fetched him his third National Film Award. It was India’s entry to the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category in 1987 and went on to be listed in Times Top 100 Movies.
1990-1999 The nineties saw a lot of laughs with films like Michael Madhana Kamarajan, Sathi Leelavathi based on She-Devil and Avvai Shanmughi based on Mrs.Doubtfire. In 1992, he produced and acted in Thevar Magan, for which he got the Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for his role of Shakti, the son of a village head. The film was nominated in 1992 for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category. Indian, a Tamil film released in 1996, saw Hassan walking away with his fourth National Film Award and The Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. He made his directorial debut with Chachi 420, a remake of Avvai Shanmughi in Hindi.

2000-2009 The year 2000 began with his second directorial venture Hey Ram, which was made in Hindi and Tamil. Hassan scripted, produced and acted in it. He won the Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award, though the film was more of a critical success rather than a commercial one. He acted in quite a few funnies like Thenali, Panchathantiram and Pammal K. Sambandam. He played Nalla Sivam in Anbe Sivam with Madhavan. He directed, scripted, acted and produced Virumaandi in 2004, about death penalty. In 2006 he had a big hit in Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, in which played an honest cop. His most recent film in 2008 was the extravagant Dasavathaaram, in which he played ten different roles.

He is currently working on his project Thalaivan Irrukiran, a film to be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, for which he has penned the screenplay and is set to direct it, his love for multiple roles evident on and off screen.

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