A couple that drives together stays together. It’s true for Saloo and Neena Choudhury who have driven around the world and broken all possible records. And now the Guinness Book of World Records names a trophy after the duo. It will be awarded to the rallyist who wins the greatest- ever race— circumnavigation of the world covering six continents in the millennium year. The first leg of the rally will be organised, where else but, in Choudhary’s home- town Calcutta. That’s great going, indeed.
REXONA babe Radhika Menon, who till now promoted the sanitised world of Rexona deo, Dettol and Clinic All Clear, now enters the sudsy world of TV soaps. Currently working on a sitcom, I Love You , and Deewane to Deewane Hai, she also has a film offer from director Priyadarshan. There are singing lessons from Suresh Wadkar as well. All this between getting state and national scholarships at college, even if final year commerce has been abdicated, temporarily, in favour of her more glossy ambitions.
TWO Mukherjee girls— Kajol and Rani— are the toast of tinseltown today. But the third, Sharbani, despite Border and the Piya Re music video, languishes in relative anonymity. She was spotted by J. P. Dutta—" from my portfolio pictures"— but she went unnoticed in the blockbuster. That might change though. Coming up is Aap Jaisa Koyee Nahin, the film where she pairs opposite Puru Raaj-kumar. Adding spice will be Govinda and Sunny Deol, who make guest appearances. Point is will her light- eyed magic work as it did for the other Mukherjees?
STIMULATE your intellect the Summer Stock way this fortnight. In the fore- front are the cream of culturewallahs of Mumbai right from director Rahul D’Cunha, Mita Vashisht, Kitu Gidwani, Tara Deshpande, Imtiaz Dharker, Sharon Prabhakar among many, many others. Organised by The Art Attic, an art gallery in Mumbai, the 14- day extravaganza will have everything— from poetry reading to workshops on play readings, exhibitions and performances. Just keep off the mud and grass, though.
OURNALIST Behram Contractor’s byline Busybee is more than just a passing coincidence. His recently released book, Howzzat , contains the best 72 cricket pieces that he has penned out of the 2,762 that he has written in a career spanning 34 years. Complimenting the writer was BCCI president Rajsingh Dungarpur: "If one were to judge a journalist by the number of runs he makes, then he is surely the most prolific batsman of them all." With the World Cup round the corner, Contractor should be able to notch up many more runs.
THE lovey- dovey poses they struck together were just those, poses. Singer Nitin Bali and anchor Ruby Bhatia are no longer mister and missus and it is showing up on our television screens. Bali’s latest album, Yeh Yeh has the ex conspicuous by her absence. Rumour had it that she did feature originally but once the spilt happened, the video was re- touched. Denying it, Nitin says: "She was in my first video, not in the latest one. The video hasn’t been retouched." Point taken.