Strict, short-tempered Prof Viru Sahastrabudhhe a.k.a. Virus around the college campus in Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots now comes out of the persona of the strict college principal to share his love of furry friends. Yes, we are talking about Boman Irani whose journey into the Indian cinema over the last ten years has delivered a hallmark of excellent roles in the movies like Munna Bhai MBBS (2003). Apart from being a film actor, theater artiste and passionate photographer, Boman is a keen pet lover too. He shares his glorious moments of pet parenting while interacting with Dogs & Pups.
Born on 1st October 1962 in Mumbai, Boman belongs to the Parsi community. He started selling out potato chips before photography appealed to him and then later it was the call of the theater. He worked with Alyque Padamsee in the play Roshni and Mahatma Vs Mahatma by Feroz Abbas Khan. Later, Boman was seen in TV commercials of Ceat Tyres and Smyle cough syrup. This proved to be the gateway to Bollywood. And he started receiving offers to work in movies in supporting roles.
Puppy love after marriage…
Boman’s puppy love started after he met Zenobia, currently his wife, 28 years ago. “My love for pets started growing after I got married with Zenobia,” said Boman. “To be frank, I was not a dog lover at all. As a kid, I was petrified with dogs and so have no nice memories with them,” said Boman in a thoughtful mood.
Be it bold ‘Khallas’ girl, petite Rajjo of Pinjar or smart Anita of ‘Don – The Chase Begins Again’… we loved Isha Koppikar in all her cameo roles. We saw her act…we love her dance…we like her style…what next. Yep! It’s her great compassion for our furry four-legged friends. Now let’s focus on her dog love only… so all tails up for Isha – a proud pet parent…woof!
Isha Koppikar is an Indian actress and model who has appeared in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. She shot to fame with her item number – Khallas in Ram Gopal Verma’s Company in 2002. Here’s the softer side of this glam ‘n’ gorgeous gal as a poochie pal.
Me ‘n’ Mowgli
Her father introduced her to pets and now she has her own bundle of joy, Mowgli – a GSD. She loves all dogs, but has a soft corner for Dalmatians, so why just one… “I want to give best of my love and care to Mowgli…so I really don’t want many but just one and special – Mowgli. Every moment I spend with him is really cherishing. The way he goes mad and dance is really wonderful.”
Doggie’s day out
Isha loves to pamper her pet and likes to go on long drives with him. “Mowgli and I often go on road trips to Pune, Lonavala, etc. All our drives are memorable to me. Once in the car, he is impatient but soon settles with a ball.”
“He scared me once by running on the road – but since then I am extra careful and take every precaution while taking him out,” she narrates.
In our tryst with stars having fascination for pooches, this time we sniffed into a household where music, dance, drama, action, tragedy and of course love stories have evolved. Did we hear a circuit at MTV? Yes, we are talking about the famous Bollywood ‘Circuit’ of Munnabhai MBBS fame, Arshad Warsi, choreographer-turned actor and the gorgeous MTV VJ of yesteryears, Maria Gorreti who share the memories of some beautiful moments with their furry angels. The celeb couple—Arshad Warsi and Maria Gorreti—need no introduction. Arshad Warsi has many successful movies to his credit, the most recent one is Ishqiya and Maria Gorreti had stolen many a heart with her stint as VJ at MTV. This celeb couple is equally passionate about their furry angels.
The celeb couple—Arshad Warsi and Maria Gorreti—need no introduction. Arshad Warsi has many successful movies to his credit, the most recent one is Ishqiya and Maria Gorreti had stolen many a heart with her stint as VJ at MTV. This celeb couple is equally passionate about their furry angels. Not just canines… “I was and I am quite a nut when it comes to having pets. I had pets since I was eight years old. During school days, I had rats as pet. Not satisfied with rats alone, I wanted monkey, horse etc. as pets too,” revealed Arshad. The debutant… While spreading cheer with her dimpled smile, Maria fondly remembers her first pet member, Betty Boo, a Golden Retriever, gifted to her by hubby Arshad. “I wanted a Bull Mastiff but the moment I saw Betty, I simply fell in love with her,” said Maria. Seeing her love for canines, you won’t believe that Maria was bitten by a dog as a kid. Though this incident developed a fear in her, but gradually it disappeared with time. And today, she can’t even imagine her life without the furry angels. http://www.dogsandpups.net/paws-a-their-star/465-arshad-warsi
We all love our Bollywood stars and love to know more about them. And when the star is a dog lover, we just can’t help getting closer! While sniffing for a celeb dog lover, we met Minissha Lamba and you would be glad to know that this beauty is really a doggy person – just like you and me…. Here’s what Minissha shares about her pet love Misty.
Minissha and Misty Minissha Lamba, the bubbly Bollywood star, was born in Kashmir. She is a graduate in English literature and initially aspired to be a journalist, her idol being CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. She featured in Cadbury’s ad, which resulted in her bagging the main lead opposite Jimmy Shergill in the film Yahaan. Nominated as most promising newcomer in 2006 by the Screen Awards, she also portrayed a journalist in the film Shaurya. She is currently awaiting the release of her first film with legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal. She will be seen in a completely new avatar as she plays role of a naughty village belle in Aaba Ka Kaun.
With her bubbly disposition and positive attitude, she is a perfect combination of beauty with brains. Outspoken and devoted to her work, she is also a perfect star mom to her long time companion Misty, an active and loving Tibetan Terrier.
My first pet…
My parents introduced us to the absolute joy of having a little furry family member in the home when they got us Lucky, a cute little Lhasa Apso. However, he did not stay with us very long as he was unable to survive a nasty bout of diarrhea. His untimely death after only spending six months with us left my mother very heart broken and she vowed never to get so attached to another canine ever again. Though my brother and I missed our puppy, we were at that age when it was easy to get over grief, so we persevered and finally convinced our parents to allow us to bring home another bundle of unconditional love.
My love – Misty…
My brother Karan had gone to kennels and as pre-decided he was going to bring home the pup that was the boldest out of the litter. That is how my pure white Misty, a holy dog by legend, a Tibetan Terrier, chose us as her future family. It’s been the best thirteen years of my life and she has proven to be the most loving companion that I could ever ask for.… And I know she feels exactly the same.
His cute smile makes most of us go weak in the knees…but what catches his fancy is not us…they are some other cutie-pies at home. Well! It’s not some femme fatales for cute Madhavan…but his loved pets – Princess (GSD), Simba (Chow Chow) and Ashley (African Grey). This enthusiastic pet lover shares his love and life with these bundle of joys and here’s more about his life with his darling pets.
Cute and young lad, who played memorable roles in teleserials like Saaya, Sea Hawks, Banegi Apni Baat, Ghar Jamai etc, eventually joined the cineblitz and won the hearts of millions with his remarkable roles in many movies like Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, Ramji Londonwaley, Shanti Shanti Shanti, Kannathil Muthamittal, Alaipayuthey, Ennavale, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, Minnale, Dumm Dumm Dumm, Parthale Paravasam and more. He also won critical acclaim for his roles in superhit Bollywood movies Guru and Rang De Basanti. He is a superstar… well, there’s another side to his personality also…he is a devoted animal lover as well. Madhavan has appeared in PETA – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals advertising – campaigning against cruelty towards animals, and has promoted vegetarianism causes; interestingly he was also voted the “cutest male vegetarian” by an online poll conducted by the NGO, PETA. His love for animal is deeprooted. Madhavan, or Maddy as friends call him, has been an avid animal lover since childhood. He had his first pet – Prince (GSD) during early years of his life and as they say once a dog lover always a dog lover…he always has pets with him. He proudly acquaints us with his present pets, Princess (GSD, 6 years old), Simba (Chow Chow, 4 years old) and Ashley (African Grey, 2 years old). And on asking about his favorite, the apt parental reply came, “They all are close to my heart and we all love them equally,” well, that’s little diplomatic…but not an issue as our loving pooches are on the winning side.
These funny beauties – Princess and Simba – are family members at Madhavan’s place, they sleep, eat, play with them…and our smarties never skip to hop into the car to accompany their celebrity parents on long drives…and never miss a chance to play fetch-the-ball with him. They simply love to throw tantrums, when Maddy is around…quite obvious for the celebrity kids…keep it up li’l champs.