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Going by the long thanksgiving session at photographer Subi Samuel’s book launch this week, it seems like Bollywood does give credit where it’s due. They were all there in hordes—from Hrithik Roshan to Sushmita Sen to Esha Deol—gushing endlessly at Samuel’s photo-exhibition and his book, Subi. But did they look as good as their beautiful pictures? Opinions differed, but the majority agreed on one thing: In tinseltown, beauty lies in the hands holding the lens!
Another high-profile do in Mumbai, and for a change, this time the stars didn’t mind doing some impromptu rampwalk. Guess who were the star attractions at the Anil Nanda-hosted AN denim show? Not the Big B or Abhishek or Kareena Kapoor. Instead, it was Rishi Kapoor, sporting one of the AN designs, accompanied by Neetu Singh and daughter Riddhima. Wonder if Rishi actually bought one of the Rs 4,000 AN jeans on show for the evening.
Christina Ricci called him the “coolest guy ever”, but will Ash agree? Considering it’s Johnny Depp, she may as the London celluloid circuit goes wild about the latest buzz in town—Depp is likely to appear as Darcy, opposite Aishwarya Rai, in Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood rendition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Fashion queen Bubs Mahil—who designed Tony Blair’s Nehru jacket—too has been roped in to drape Rai, who’s playing Elizabeth Bennett.
More than half of our stars, including Shahrukh and Ajay Devgan, have smoked on screen. So says a WHO survey, released last week. And naturally, teenagers who watch them are three times more likely to do so themselves. The survey indicts Bollywood, but is anyone listening? They’ve washed their hands of it, saying the real culprit is tobacco companies.
Bollywood’s most glamorous machchliwaali is tired of the naach-gaana routine. Shilpa Shetty’s aiming big. And before she rattles off a series of big banners under svelte belt, she drops the bombshell: “In Pratibimb, I am doing some scenes without any make-up.” Shilpa, unplugged!