IT wasn't the pretty young things that caught all eyes at the launch of Persis Khambatta's Pride of India. It was a much older Pramila, Miss India '47, who kept telling lensmen: "Call me Mother India." Calcutta-born Esther Victoria Abraham became Pramila when she starred in the film Bhikaran which got her a Best Actress award. The school principal strayed into Bollywood because she was taller than her auditioning cousin. The rest, as they say, is history.
SANTOOR maestro Pt Shivkumar Sharma, in his self-described "journey of five decades", will find a riveting bivouac under Banyan Tree Events. Event-manager Mahesh Babu and wife Nandini Mahesh hit upon the unusual idea of a first-ever santoor duet. Come December, Pt Sharma will play in tandem with son Rahul, his youngest student who is also assisting him in his film compositions. Panditji is "looking forward with excitement to playing in India together". And so are his fans, we are sure.
SHE'S just a teenager but Fatima Bhutto's already creating waves in Pakistan. At an age when most girls are worried about pimples and boys, the creative muse in her has found expression in a book of poetry. Dedicated understandably to father Mir Murtaza Bhutto, who was killed in a controversial police shootout,Whispers of the Desert is a sensitive reflection of her closeness to her father and her "deepest, darkest fear" of losing him. She is expected to join the turbulent world of Pakistani politics. Reason enough to give aunt Benazir sleepless nights.
PARADOXES in history are nothing new. But when a paradox unfolds right in front of your eyes, very few notice it. Kamalahaasan's pet project—the Rs 20 crore multilingual historical film Marauthanayagam—is the story of an 18th century anti-British chieftain. The paradox: Queen Elizabeth, sovereign of the British Crown, is going to release the promotional trailer of the film in a function to be held in Chennai next week. A royal faux pas?
PERUVIAN Mila Oberoi is Indian by marriage. Married to the grandson of Rai Bahadur Oberoi, the man who built the Oberoi chain of hotels, Mila was quick to see the potential of the great Indian marriage market. And so she joined hands with friend Sanjit Dhillon to start India's first magazine for brides: Bride & Home. From clothes to jewellery, bridal etiquette to customs a bride must expect, wedding venues to honeymoon getaways, ideas for gifts, a wedding planner and a guide on interiors, the magazine is a must-have for any bride-to-be.