Born on June 9, 1949 in Punjab, Amritsar to parents Prakash Peshawaria and Prem Peshawaria, Kiran Bedi attended the Sacred Heart Convent School where she participated in the national Cadet Corps (NCC). An interest in tennis, alike her made her the winner of the junior national Lawn Tennis Championship in 1966, the Asian Lawn Tennis Championship in 1972 and the All India Interstate Women’s lawn tennis Championship in 1976.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (Hons.) from the Government College for Women in 1968 and then a Master’s degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh and Bachelor of Laws in 1988 from Faculty of law, University of Delhi. In 1993, she obtained a Ph.D. in social science from IIT, Delhi. She continued her education even after her marriage with Brij Bedi in 1972.
Her daughter Saina was born in 1975 and following her mother’s footsteps, she is also involved in social service. Kiran Bedi began her career as a lecturer in Political Science at the Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar. And in july 1972 she created history by becoming the first woman to join Indian Police Service.
Serving in difficult assignments ranging from New Delhi traffic postings, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mizoram, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics control bureau to a United Nations delegation where she became the Civilian Police Advisor in United Nations Peace keeping operations, she was awarded a UN medal.
Known by the name ‘Crane Bedi’ for towing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s car for parking violation, she showed her dedication to her profession. During her period as the Inspector General of Prisons, in Tihar Jail, she made a number of reforms in the management of the prison.
Some of the programs that she initiated include detoxification programs, Art of Living Foundation Prison Courses, Yoga, Vipassana meditation, Murat redressing of complaints by prisoners and literacy programs and she won the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship to write about her work in Tihar jail.
Her last appointment was of Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. In May 2005, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in recognition of her ‘humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing’. Her social acts include setting up of Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF) in 1987 along with 17 other police officers.
The foundation started with a de-addiction and rehabilitation initiative for drug addicts and now the work sphere of this organization has expanded to other issues like illiteracy and women empowerment. In 1994, she also set up India Vision Foundation to bring about police reforms, prison reforms, women empowerment and rural and community development.
Her organizations were awarded the ‘Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award’ for drug abuse prevention by the United Nations. This great lady is also a member of the India Against Corruption (IAC) along with Anna Hazaare and Arvind Kejriwal.
Hema Malini, the dream girl of millions of Indians was born on 16thOctober 1948 into a Tamil Iyenger family in Tiruchirappalli to parents V.S. Ramanujan Chakravarthy and Jaya Chakravarthy, a film producer. She completed her education from Andhra Mahila Sabha in Chennai despising all subjects except history.
Being too thin was the reason for which she was rejected at the age of 15 for a Tamil film by director C.V. Sridhar. But in 1965, she got an opportunity to act in a short episode as dancer in Pandava Vanavasam. She was later on offered a role in ‘Sapno ka Saudagar’ in 1968 opposite raj Kapoor which defined her status as the ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood.
Then in 1970 she was casted in ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ which became a blockbuster and she became a mega star because of the challenging role she adapted herself into which most of the other heroins of that time would have declined.
Then she did ‘Andaaz’ !1971) and ‘Lal Patthar’ (1971). Her double role movie ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ is one of the best films of her career and won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1970 she starred in ‘Dream Girl’. Her movies ‘Sanyasi’, ‘Dharmatma’ and ‘Pratigya’ were also successful.
But the biggest blockbuster of her career was ‘Sholay’ which showed her as a bubbly and lively girl ‘Basanti’. Her pair with Dharmendra was highly acclaimed and accepted due to the back to back hits that they delivered. They starred in twenty eight films together before marrying. In late 1970s she also did women centric movies ‘Kinara’ (1977) and ‘Meera’ (1979).
This beautiful lady was proposed by Bollywood actors ‘Sanjeev Kumar’ and ‘Jeetendra’ but after almost accepting Jeetendra’s proposal she backed out. The agony of her rejection haunted Sanjeev Kumar throughout his life and died unmarried in 1985 after getting addicted to alcohol. During the filming of ‘Sholay’ this Basanti fell in love with her co-star Dharmendra and eventually married him in 1980 after the couple converted to Islam.
Her marriage did not affect her work. She did films like ‘Kranti’, ‘ Naseeb’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ and ‘Rajput’. Her marriage made their couple even more desirable and they were casted together in ‘Alibaba aur 40 chor’, ‘Bhagvat, ‘Samrat’ and ‘Razia Sultan’. She also starred in ‘Andha Kanoon’ in 1983 which was Rajnikant’s Bollywood debut.
Other multi starrers starring this beautiful woman were ‘Bhagvat’ and ‘Raj Tilak’. In addition to acting, she also directed a film ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ which failed commercially. After this she took a break from films in the 1990s and early 2000s but made a comeback with ‘Baghban’ (2003) opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She also played a cameo in 2004 in ‘Veer-Zara’. She also directed her second feature film ‘Tell Me O Khuda’ which released in 2011.
She has also been an active Bharatiya Janta Party member and was eventually elected to the Rajya Sabha. In March 2012 she was made general secretary of the BJP. She is also the brand ambassador of Kent, mineral water purifier system and also of Pothys, a textile showroom in Chennai.
The legend was born on 13th February 1879 in Hyderabad to parents Aghornath Chattopadhyaya, a scientist, philosopher, linguist and educator and his Bengali poetess wife Barada Sundari Devi. Sarojini Naidu’s father settled in Hyderabad where he founded and administered the Hyderabad College after receiving a doctor of science degree from Edinburg University.
Being a brilliant student, she was well versed in Urdu, Telugu, English, Bengali and Persian. She even topped the matriculation examination at Madras University at the age of 12. Inspired by her mother, she was interested in poetry and wanted to take up a career in this divine profession. But her father wanted her to become a mathematician or a scientist.
Impressed by her play ‘Maher Muneer’ , the Nizam of Hyderabad gave her scholarship to study abroad. So Naidu at the age of 16 travelled to England to study first at King’s College, London and then Girton College, Cambridge where she met famous laureates of her time such as Arthur, Symons and Edmond Gosse.
The credit of her depiction of contemporary Indian life and events in her poems goes to Edmond Gosse who convinced her to stick to Indian themes. And her collections ‘The Golden Threshold’ (1905), ‘The Bird of Time’ (1912) and ‘The Broken Wing’ (1917)’ enjoyed huge Indian and English readership.
The condition of India during the rule of the British greatly affected her and she joined the Indian national movement in the wake of partition of Bengal in 1905. Most of her poems reflect Indian culture and simplicity.
During 1915-1918, she travelled to different regions in Indian delivering lectures on social welfare, women empowerment and nationalism. Her support and guidance gave women courage to step out of their restricted home sphere and she also aided in founding the Women’s Indian Association (WIA) in 1917.
She was sent to London along with Anne Besant, President of WIA, to present the case for the women’s vote to the Joint Select Committee. Then in 1925, she presided over the annual session of Indian National Congress at Cawnpore. In 1929, she also presided over East African Indian Congress in South Africa.
She was awarded the Kaiser-i-hind medal by the British government for her work during the plague epidemic of India. Participating in the round table conference in 1931 with Gandhiji and Madan Mohan Malviya, she played an important role in the Civil Disobedience Movement inspiring Indians to fight for their freedom. She was jailed along with Gandhiji and other leaders for her support in the movement.
In 1942 she was again arrested for her participation in the Quit India movement. Her help, support and guidance during the freedom fight of our country developed a strong relationship between her and Gandhiji and she called him ‘Mickey Mouse’. She started writing at the age of 12 and had a number of fans including the nawab of Hyderabad. She was also admired by prominent Indian politicians like Gopal Krishna Gokhle and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Shreya Ghoshal was born on 12th March 1984 in a Bengali Hindu family in Durgapur, West Bengal but grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. Her father Biswajeet Ghoshal is a nuclear power plant engineer and has worked for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and her mother is a literature post-graduate. From the age of four, this beautiful singer was trained in Hindustani Classical music by Maheshchandra Sharma in Kota.
Her voice and proper training helped her win ‘The All India Light Vocal Music Competition’ organized by Sangam Kala Group and the children’s special episode of the reality music show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ which is featured on Zee TV.
But her first television performance was in ‘Awaaz Nayi Andaaz Wohi’. The impressed judge of the contest, Kalyanji convinced her parents to move to Mumbai and trained her 18 months. She also continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.
Initially she studied in Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata and Anushaktinagar School in Mumbai. After her graduation she was enrolled in the SIES College. Her passion for music landed her again on ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ show as an adult and she caught the eye of director ‘Sanjay Leela Bhansali’ who offered her to be the voice of Paro in his movie ‘Devdas’ in the year 2000.
Her melodious voice was given to five songs in this film and won her the Filmfare Award For Best Female Playback Singer and also Filmfare’s RD Burman Award For New Music Talent. For the song ‘Bairi Piya’, she won the National Film Award. Her control over other languages such as Marathi, Bengali etc allows her to sing songs in many languages.
Her language bag overflows with Assamesse, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu etc linguistic commands. She has also received Filmfare awards in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamli and Telugu industries and state Film Awards from Malayalam and Tamil Industries.
. In 2010, Ghoshal also sang for the English independent film ‘When Harry Tries to Marry’. She has been a judge for ‘Star Voice Of India- Chotte Ustaad’ with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam. Her phenomenal win in ‘X-fator India’ against co-judges singer Sonu Nigam and director ‘Sanjay leela Bhansali’ has set her as an amazing judge and supporter of the contestant. Her performance as a team leader and performer in ‘Music Ka Maha Muqabala’ has been legendery. She continues to enchant people with her beautiful and nightingale voice.
The most desired young cricketer “Virat Kohli” was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi to Prem and Saroj Kohli. He did his schooling from Vishal Bharti and Savier Convent. The Indian cricketer was the part of the first intake of West Delhi Cricket Academy founded in 1998 and was discovered when he played for Delhi in a Ranji trophy match against Karnataka inspite of his father’s death on the same day. Kohli has proved his master captaincy in the 2008 under 19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia.
From that day onwards cricket became his life and he hated sitting on the bench. Playing at number 4 and scoring 235 runs in six matches with a century against West Indies in the under 19 tournament displayed his talent and capabilities. In the final match against South Africa in the 2009 Emerging Players tournament, securing a century and helping India win, Kohli showed that his presence in Indian Cricket team was inevitable.
Hence, the middle order batsman was selected in the ODI squad for India’s tour of Sri Lanka. Injury of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag gave him an opportunity in the One day International against Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup in 2008. He played an instrumental role in India’s win of the Idea cup. He played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and in the 4th ODI when Yuvraj Singh fell ill and he was kept as the reserve ODI batsman.
He became the only third Indian to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday after Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. Chosen as the Vice-captain of the ODI side for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in June 2010, he fully lived up to the title becoming the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in ODI Cricket. The master batsman was preferred over Raina for the 2011 World Cup and became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut.In November 2011, West Indies toured India for three tests and five ODIs and the ODI successes of Kohli made him the first choice for the team. India won the ODI series and the ODI master batsman secured 243 runs with the highest 117. He was also India’s leading run scorer in the triangular ODI series scoring 373 runs including two half centuries and a century.
Kohli scored 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan in the fifth match of Asia Cup 2012, recording the joint fourth highest score by an India in ODIs. He currently represents Delhi in first class cricket and plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premiere League.
Kohli is the hot new face for advertisers and has a lot of ads to be done. He is the brand ambassador of Flying Machine and is endorsing leading South handset brand, Celkon. He already advertises for 12 brands and more companies and in talks with him. His good looks and good Cricket gives him an edge over other cricketers.
Rabindranath Tagore, born on May 7,1861 in Calcutta to Dabendrenath Tagore and Sarada Devi is a famous Bengali writer. An evader of classes, Tagore joined presidency College for a day. His father’s desire forced him into a public School in Brighton, East Sussex in 1878 and he also read law at the London University College for a brief period. He opted for independent study of Shakespeare, Religio Medici and Antony and Cleopatra. English, Irish and Scottish folk tunes fascinated his young mind.
In 1883 he was married to Mrinalini Devi and had five children, two of whom died in childhood. In 1890, Tagore began managing his ancestral estates in Bangladesh and moved to Santiniketan in 1901. The author if ‘Naivedya’ (1901) and ‘Kheya’(1906) won that year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. He was granted a knighthood by the British Crown for his 1912 Gitanjali which he relinquished after the Jallianwala bagh Massacre. Tagore and agricultural economist Leonard Elmhirst founded the “Institute for Rural Reconstruction” which was later renamed as “Shriniketan” or “Abode of Welfare”.
A person sensitive towards the condition of Dalits in our country, he made them heroes of his poems and songs and campaigned to open Guruvayoor temple for these underprivileged people. In his golder years 1932-1941, he penned fifteen volumes and prose poem works ‘Punashcha’(1932), ‘Shes Saptak’(1936) and ‘Patraput’(1936). This great artist had been an ardent traveler. Between 1878 and 1932, he travelled more than thirty countries on five continents. His travels gave him the opportunity to interact wih other great minds like Einstein, Robert Frost, H.G Wells among others.
His inspiration for biology, physics and astronomy is visible in his work ‘Visva Parichay’(1937). ‘Se’(1937), ‘Tin Sangi’(1940) and ‘Galpasalpa’(1941) are an evidence of his venture into science through the medium of stories. A writer of novels, poems, essays, short stories, dramas and songs, Tagore was most regarded for his short stories. His immense contribution in the field of music and art comprises of 2230 songs and many beautiful paintings. In 1971, his song Amar Shonar bangle became the national anthem of Bangladesh, originally written to protest against the 1905 Partition of Bengal.
First sung at the Calcutta session of the Indian Nation Congress, Jana Gana Mana was written in shadhu-bhasha and was adopted in 1950 as its national anthem by the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of India. At the age of sixty, Tagore discovered the hidden painter in himself and his paintings were presented in many exhibitions. The first one being in Paris and then capturing minds throughout Europe. Theatre too was his cup of tea. At the age of twenty, he wrote his first drama-opera ‘Valmiki Pratibha’ and explored a wide range of dramatic styles and emotions through it.
However in the last five years of his life illness infected him and he became a patient of chronic ailments. The signs of his approaching end were visible when he first lost his consciousness in 1937 and remained comatose and near death for a time. He never recovered after that. His death on 7th August 1941 relieved him of his agony and pain. The world wept at the loss of the greatest music, literature and art maestro.
Born on 27thDecember 1965, Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan, popular as ‘Salman Khan’ is the eldest son of the Muslim screen writer Salim Khan and his Maratha Hindu wife Salma. Originally the inhabitants of Afghanistan, the family settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh before moving to Mumbai. Salman finished his schooling from St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai and so did his two siblings Arbaaz and Sohail. His love for his sisters Alvira and Arpita is quite evident through newspaper reports.
This charitable man made his acting debut with a supporting role in the movie ‘Biwi ho to aisi’ in the year 1988 and the first leading role in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s ‘Maine pyaar kiya’ in 1989. His actor career flew off with his nomination for Filmfare best actor award and his win of the Filmfare Best Debut Award. The years 1990 and 1991 were a boon for Khan with five of his films namely ‘Baaghi’, ‘Patthar Ke Phool’, ‘Sanam Bewafa’, ‘Kurbaan’ and ‘Saajan’ becoming box office hits. This success was followed by failures in 1992-1993.
One of Bollywood’s highest grossing film ever ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan is the fourth grossing earner of all time which sent Khan’s career a step ahead. In 1998 this bodybuilder worked in five different films with his first release opposite Kajol ‘Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya’ becoming the biggest commercial success of that year. The year 1999 came with three pleasant movies and a best actor filmfare nomination. This social worker acted in the movie ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ which addressed the issue of surrogate childbirth. His relationship with actress Aishwarya Rai gave him the unwanted negative attention from media who accused him of harassing his girlfriend.
His box office successes continued with films ‘Mujhse shaadi Karogi’ (2004) and ‘No Entry’ (2005). Voted as the seventh best looking man in the world and the best looking man in India in 2004 by People magazine, this superstar accepted the offer of a wax replica of himself in Madame Tussauds Wax museum in London in 2007. His first Hollywood movie ‘Marigold: an Adventure in India’ told the love store of an Indian man and an American woman.
2009 rejoiced his fans beyond limit when he made his small screen debut by hosting the second season of ‘10 ka dum’ which gained higher TRPs than the first season for Sony Entertainment Television. Controversies have always haunted our confident star. Arrest in 2002 for rash and negligent driving on 28th September 2002, Salman Khan shocked his fans and another on 17thy February 2006 for hunting the Chinkara, an endangered species. His 2010 release Dabangg, produced by his brother Arbaaz Khan broke box office records and was declared an all time blockbuster. The 2011 release Ready is currently the fourth highest-grossing bollywood film of all time. His next ‘Bodyguard’was highly appreciated by critics and is the second highest grossing bollywood film.
2011 was also the year in which his love life became public and his then girlfriend Katrina Kaif admitted in an interview that she was in a serious relationship with Khan until 2010. His charitable works are not hidden from the world and Salman definitely does his bit of supporting underprivileged children through his NGO ‘Being Human’ which sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. Currently the brand ambassador of travel website ‘Yatra.com’, this facial nerve disorder sufferer has etched his mark in every field.
Selena Marie Gomez, an American actress and singer was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas to mother Amanda Dawn, a former stage actress and father Ricardo Joel Gomez. Named after Tejano singer ‘Selena’, this little girl had an early interest for acting and the source being her mother. Seeing her mother getting ready and acting in theatre would excite her and made her long to do the same. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. She debuted as an actress at the age of seven in ‘Barney and Friends’ and later acted some minor roles in ‘Spy Kinds 3D: Game over’ and the TV film ‘Walker’ and ‘Texas Ranger’. In 2004, discovered by Disney Channel, Gomez guest starred in ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ and in ‘Hannah Montana’ which later became a permanent role.
In 2007, with one of the main character of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ in hand, the child star’s career finally started shining. In 2008, the multitalented teen recorded ‘Fly to Your Heart’ for the animated film Tinker Bell and signed a recording deal with ‘Hollywood Records’. The same year she came into a relationship with ‘Nick Jonas’ which ended very soon. Fifth on the list of “Eight hot kid stars to watch”, Gomez also starred in ‘Another Cinderella story’ and did a minor voice over role in ‘Horton Hears a Who!’. Gomez also launched her own production company in 2008, July Moon productions and partnered with XYZ films.
Her teen pop band “Selena Gomez and the Scene” released their debut studio album ‘Kiss and tell’ in 2009 and soon this band was certified Gold by RIAA. She has also been an amazing host as can be proven by the show ‘Sears Arrive Air Band Casting Call’. In the same year she starred as one of the two female leads in ‘Ramona and Beezus’ and started dating Taylor Lautner whom she met in Vancouver where both of them were shooting. After a few months media poked their nose in this relationship and forced them to separate.
Disney Channel has always been generous on the teen star giving her a guest appearance in ‘Sonny With a Chance’ and lead role in movie ‘Princess Protection Program’. Her show ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ won the “Outstanding Children’s Program” at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. 2010 was opened with the teenager’s own fashion line called “Dream out loud by Selena Gomez”.
In February 2011, the ‘Monte Carlo’ star attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party with love Justin Bieber confirming her relationship with the singer and being addressed as the ‘teen power couple’. Her career is going strong in 2012 with six films in her bag and five of which has her in the lead. She will first appear in ‘Hotel Transylvania’ scheduled to release in September and then in ‘Spring Breakers’ which will release in spring 2013. ’13 reasons why’ will be her next movie and after that ‘Hot Mess’. She has also filmed a cameo for ‘Aftershock’, an upcoming thriller. As a philanthropist, Gomez is a UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat and the youngest ambassador of this organization.
Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known as “Rekha” was born on 10th October 1954 to tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and telugu actress Pushpavalli. Her father refused to help in her upbringing and her unmarried mother was forced to take up her responsibility solely. The child star who appeared in the Telugu film ‘Rangula Ratnam’(1966) was compelled to leave school and take up a career in acting at an early age due to financial constraints.
Her debut as a heroine left the audience spellbound in her successful Kannada film ‘Goa Dalli CID 999’ in 1969. However her next movie ‘Anjana Safar’ ran into a controversy because of the kissing scene in which Rekha claimed she was tricked into did not pass the censor board.
Acting was a forced rather than a desired profession for this actress who faced language problems in Hindi film industry because of her upbringing in Chennai. 1970 was the golden year which made her an instant star with her Bollywood debut ‘Saawan Bhadon’. Her looks still invited contempt and her roles were mostly restricted to that of a ‘glamour girl’.
Called the ‘Ugly Duckling’, Rekha was inspired to change her way of clothing and choice of roles after her commercially successful films ‘Raampur Ka Lakshman’(1972), ‘Kahaani Kismat Ki’(1973) and ‘Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye’(1974). She rigorously worked on her personality and acting abilities and the audience was stunned in the transformation in her movie ‘Do Anjaane’. Her first critic acclamation came with her performance in ‘Ghar’ where she portrayed the role of a rape victim in 1978. This was a stepping stone for this always young woman because she received the best actress Filmfare Award.
‘Muquaddar ka Sikandar’ too gave her the critic approval and set her in the category of the Most Successful Actress of that time. In 1980, she came across a role specially written for her in ‘Khoobsurat’ and played a young vivacious woman.
Rekha’s on screen and off screen romance with Actor Amitabh Bachchan was clearly evident but her off screen relationship with the actor was highly criticized due to his married status. Her last movie with her love ‘Silsila’ was the most scandalous of their films together and ended the much reproached relation. Her portrayal in ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) is considered to be one of her best acting performances. ‘Jeevan Dhara’ (1982) and ‘Muje Insaaf Chahiye’ (1982) gave her more Filmfare nominations. Wishing to expand her range, Rekha worked with independent directors, mostly under Shashi Kapoor’s production.
The adventurous and bold woman was one of those early actresses who played lead in ‘heroine-oriented’ films such as ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’. The 1990s saw a dip in her career with many unsuccessful films. She chose her roles with more care in the 2000s and appeared in fewer films.
The actress’s married life with Delhi based industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal was a brief one due to the suicide attempt of her husband. She did not marry again and chose to live alone in her Bandra house. The ninth greatest actress of all time is an ageless and timeless beauty.
Born on March 1, 1994 in London, Bieber had a challenging childhood with a single parent. Her mother raised him up working in low-paying office jobs. The teenage star’s father kept contact with him but married another woman and had two children. He attended a French immersion elementary School in Stratford called Jeanne Sauve Catholic School. His interest in hockey, soccer and chess was never displayed and was kept to himself. He taught himself to play piano, drums, guitar and trumpet. He stood second in a local singing competition and his enthusiastic mother posted his videos on youtube.
These videos gave Bieber his first contract by Scooter Braun who accidentally clicked on one of the videos and this impressed marketing executive tracked down the child’s mother and offered her the contract. The reluctant mum sent her 13 year old to Atlanta, Georgia to record demo tapes. Island records signed him in October 2008 and this 14 year old star shifter to Atlanta with his mother temporarily and appointed Braun as his manager. His first sing ‘One time’ was released to radio and reached number 12 on the Canadian top 100 in July 2009.
International market also acknowledged the song and was certified Platinum in Canada and US and Gold in New Zealand and Australia. To promote his album ‘One less Lonely Girl’, he performed on several live shows. He also performed ‘Someday at Christmas’ for US President Barack Obama and US first lady ‘Michelle Obama’ at the White house for ‘Christmas at Washington’. He also had the honor of being a presenter at the 52nd Grammy Awards(2010). The Christian boy’s ‘baby’, the leas single from his debut album is his biggest hit thus far.
His ‘metacritic’ proved to be a lucky one debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder. On June 23, the ‘eenie meenie’ star started his world tour from Hartford to promote ‘MyWorld’.This actor cum singer also made a guest appearance in the season premiere of the CBS crime drama CSI-Crime Scene Investigation. The 3D-part biopic, part-concert film starring Bieber entitled ‘Justin Bieber: Never say Never’ was released in 2011 topping the box office with an estimated gross of $12.4 million on its opening day.
His first speculation about his lady love ‘Selena Gomez’ was confirmed on February 27, 2011 when the love birds attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party together. The youngest star was ranked number 2 on the Forbes list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. The teen heartthrob also had the honor of his wax replica at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York, Amsterdam and London. He has grabbed media attention for looking and sounding younger than his age and in spite of frequent criticisms and dislikes on YouTube, he continues to shine and sing.