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Fide world chess champion Vishy Anand calls his upcoming match against Vladimir Kramnik, the “Other World Champion” who prised the crown from Kasparov last October, in Mainz, Germany, as just another match. He’s been relaxing in his Spanish home near Madrid for a couple of months now. But his sponsors back home are hopping mad. Rajesh Pawar, NIIT CEO, has been on the line with Anand every few days inquiring about the preparations. Anand will also give a simultaneous display against 40 opponents at the same festival—20 of these will be German celebs, the rest chosen on the basis of bids by enthusiasts.
Septuagenarian director Tapan Sinha has every reason to believe that his much-awaited comeback film, Daughters of This Century, will be a commercial success. After all, this three-hour narrative of five separate plots features three showville prima donnas—Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bachchan and Nandita Das, besides Deepa Sahi and Sulabha Deshpande. So between Tagore’s Jibito-o-Mrito and Dibyendu Palit’s Kaanch, there’s one theme in the movie—our indifference to womenfolk.
Aishwarya Rai ko gussa kyon aata hai? She’s angry when the media spends more time “speculating” on her possible marriage with Salman Khan than anything “constructive”. Rai now wants to put an end to this “gossip”, which she claims has even assumed communal overtones. “You misquote people, put words in their mouth and the issue becomes very very grave and sensitive,” she said recently. The lady surely sounds hassled and peeved with newshounds. Guess it’s time for some good reviews of her movies.
There’s life after being almost dead. After a near-fatal accident, designer Hemant Trivedi is now celebrating his comeback—he’s the first Asian designer to be re-invited for a show at the Collexion Premier Dusseldorf fair in Germany this August. And in the meantime, he’s busy choreographing for a mind-boggling eight-couture show this season.
Ask Mohammed Jaffer of SNAPS India who’s the most photogenic leader of the free world, and he’d say Bill Clinton before you can blink your eye. A member of the high-profile White House entourage that visited the quake-ravaged Gujarat in April, Jaffer’s photo-exhibition, which Clinton opened last week in NY, has the former US prez in some interesting never-before-seen poses. Labour of love?
Did Lara Dutta call up to console Tiger Woods for failing to extend his Grand Slam Winning streak to five last week? We don’t know that as yet, but it seems the Tiger has been showing a little more than usual interest in our own Indian beauty. From millionaire to billionaire and from baseball to golf, last year’s Miss Universe seems to be touching new heights. She’s believed to have cut short some of her duties in the build-up for the Miss Universe 2001 event to make an electric appearance at the Tiger Jam IV, a charity event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Remember, some time back Lara was reportedly dating Derek Jeter, the millionaire baseball star for the New York Yankees, who recently split with his long-time girlfriend, Joanna Jagoda. Both Jeter and Tiger have denied being an item with Lara, but have admitted to looking for the Ms Right. And, it seems Lara knows it!