January 23, 2020


  • Monday
  • 13 August, 2001
Marital Miss

The sparkle in her eyes is unmistakable—our own Kannada babe, Vidisha Pavate’s all set to tie the knot with Italy’s hot fashion photographer, Darren Centofanti later this month. There will be two weddings, a traditional shaadi spread over three days at Bangalore’s West End hotel, followed by a church wedding in Adelaide a month later. The lovely bride-to-be is but keeping her costume a big secret. And if she could help it, she wants Darren to come riding an elephant!

Lucky Mascot

With three hits in a row, guess who’s the lucky mascot of a beleaguered Bollywood? Amisha Kaho Na Pyar Hai Patel with a strike rate of 100! If Gadar completed the hat-trick after KNPH and Badri (Telugu), all eyes are now on Amisha and her forthcoming films—Suno Sasurji with Aftab Shivdasani and Family No. 1 with Sallu. We are waiting, Amisha, with all ten fingers crossed.

Jackie aur Jackie

No, this one’s not about Jackie Shroff’s reported escapades (read schmooching and coochie-cooing) with Ritu Shivpuri on the sets of an under-production film or that he’s simply awesome in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Pitah. Our resident little birdie tells us that he’s doing a film on martial arts with, who else, Jackie Chan. Prize catch, Jackie.

Cross-Border Revelry

Javed Akhtar skipped it and chief guest Zohra Sehgal couldn’t stay on till the end because she had to return her pet parrot to its cage for the night. But the third Jashn-e-Bahar mushaira in the capital last week had everything—a number of well-known poets and some equally crisp Urdu poetry.

Two Minutes and Twenty-Two Crores

Have you seen Siyaram’s latest ad campaign featuring Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea? Okay, the punchline remains the same, but it has many more firsts to its credit. At Rs 22 crore, it’s probably the costliest ad made till now. And with a running-time of 120 seconds, it’s, according to industrywallahs, the longest running campaign till date. Talk of creativity, and this one takes the cake. No?

Wife Act

Big B might have hogged all the limelight, and the headlines of course, during his visit to the City of Joy some time back, but wife Jaya Bachchan made more substantive news. At the annual Bengal Film Journalists’ Association awards ceremony, Lady B caused quite a flutter, announcing her intent to make a Bengali film, with the shooting to begin later this year. Remember, she’s no newcomer to Collywood—she has acted in some Bengali films, but that was a long long time ago. Jaya Bachchan is quite determined to complete the shooting schedule within a month. Probable directors? Nothing final yet, but could well be either Sandip Ray or Raja Mitra. Looking forward, then.


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