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The curtains finally went up on India’s first, TV-generated girl band, Viva, with their maiden stage show in the capital last week. They did deliver their Barbie-doll precision amidst much colour and fireworks. The tunes were nice, the lyrics even better. But the real song ’n dance happened in front of the stage, in the viewer’s gallery—the rowdy crowd turned the concert into a disaster zone. While Viva was singing hosannas to womanpower, girls down there were royally harassed. Wonder if reality TV will ever show us this side of the picture.
It was a love match for reigning All England champion Pullela Gopichand and P.V.V. Laxmi, this year’s national badminton semi-finalist. The two Olympians tied the knot in a quiet ceremony in Hyderabad last week after a six-year-old courtship played out on and off the badminton court. Celebrity guests? Union sports minister Uma Bharati and Rajya Sabha MP D. Venkateshwara Rao.
FERA violator Abhishek Varma’s apparently having a ball of a time. No, it’s not about another Rolls Royce or an addition to his Versace wardrobe. Our resident little birdie tells us that Varma’s going around town flaunting his latest possession—Evelina Papantoniou, last year’s Miss Greece and the Miss Universe runner-up. Incidentally, the news of a hot romance between the two has already reached the national television channel in Greece. What’s brewing?
Bollywood’s most famous family’s house is going for a luxurious revamp. Parmeshwar Godrej has reportedly agreed to refurbish the Roshans’ four-floor house in Mumbai for free. She says it will be the most contemporary, trendy and upmarket house yet to be seen in India, complete with pressure elevators among other things. Here’s waiting for the last word on swank.
Journalist-writer Aniruddha Bahal’s busy with his new novel, a spy thriller called Bunker 13. And if his debut novel, a love story titled Cracks in the Mirror, didn’t rake up much of a tehelka, this time he promises it’ll be different. With UK-based publishers Faber & Faber behind him, the literary world is eagerly waiting the arrival of a masterpiece.