THE Bengali translation of Javed Akhtar's poems from his audio book Tarkash by Sunil Gangopadhyay and Ain Rasheed has set off a chain reaction. Amit Khanna's Plus Events roped in artist M.F. Husain to give form to his words. Mehfils will be held at Ahmedabad and Bangalore to work on regional translations. That is, once Akhtar can make time, since these days he's either busy garnering awards for his film lyrics when he's not busy debating politics on DD.
THE Paree has spread her wings—and taken a shot at films. But the Dinesh Gandhi-produced, Akshaye Khanna-starrer, Laawaris, has not put stars into Suneeta Rao's eyes: "I'm doing a guest appearance. The hero interrupts my performance, then wins me over and I sing a couple of lines." Will she, like scores before her, bite the star-dust? "Why should I join Bollywood? I'm doing what I love best. If I do, it will be for something wonderful that I'll give up singing."
ABHISHEK Bachchan, whose lanky looks leave no doubt about his parentage, is all set to face the arc lights as have mother Jaya and father Amitabh. The big question is whether he will match his parents in creating celluloid history. Bachchan Jr will debut in J.P. Dutta's next film. Not that Dutta's spilling the beans: "I know you want to know about my new project, but I'm not talking to anybody right now. Call me in a week."
DISSATISFIED with a menagerie of piranhas and bulldogs as pets, Bharat Dabholkar now wants an entire circus. He along with his Bottoms Up team have been rehearsing After Zen Hours on the new revue which will have 36 items commenting on all things sugar-and-spice.Dabholkar says these take-offs on Spice Girls and not-nice politicians will change with the events every few weeks. The revue's purpose is to make a song-and-dance about Barbie or babudom and between guffaws, chew up the world.
THE surprise visitor at Outlook's press conference on criminalisa-tion of politics was V.S.Naipaul, widely considered one of the world's greatest living writers. Sir Vid-iadhar, who won the Booker Prize in 1971, and has won every literary prize in the world barring the Nobel, for which he is in contention every year, is holidaying in India with his charming wife Nadira. He's again beginning to think of India as a wounded civilisation, and there are hints he might be back for another book soon.
RASEEL Gujral, daughter of artist Satish Gujral, is all set to tie the knot this month. Raseel, who has made her mark as an interior designer, marries long-time beau Naveen Ansal who she works with too. This should give the Gujrals, uncle I.K. Gujral included, a much-deserved break from the elections.