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The day will be when Cherie Blair wears a sari and no one notices. But that day is still far away. At the evening of the Asian Women Achievement Awards in London last week, she turned up in a cream and much zari-ed sari with Begum Inaara Aga Khan, and everyone noticed. Cherie has stepped into Indian evenings in a sari before, and everyone knows she has never looked better. Next, a posed picture with her in a sari and Tony Blair in the Nehru jacket he wore in Bangalore. And a long holiday in India that might come sooner than they planned.
After Karishma Kapoor’s much-publicised debut on TV was nixed following an equally-publicised stay order this week, the battle, it seems has just begun. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford, who has alleged copyright infringement on her work Woman of Substance by the producers of Sahara TV’s Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny, has vowed to fight Bollywood’s “hour by hour” rape of foreign works, from Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon and many others. Says her husband, Robert: “They’re stealing and pirating property. And then they have the gall to seek Indian rights for the film in the US!”
Now you know it was a serious affair. Abhishek Verma, he of FERA violations infamy, will soon have a new claim to fame: friends reveal the London-based businessman is to marry Miss Greece 2001, Evelina Papantoniou. The ‘grand’ wedding is being planned aboard a ship in Goa in traditional Indian style, with the Greek bahu in a sari and tika, followed by a “crazy” party for 3-4 days.
You’ve known her better as the gritty MEA spokeswoman. But did you know that Nirupama Rao was more famous in her college as the one half of the singing Menon sisters? Later this month, Rao will regale music lovers with her rendition of operatic arias, jazz and gospel music in Delhi. No stage fright for her, surely.
This is the stuff real-life soaps are made of. Guess what actor-turned-entrepreneur Mithun Chakraborty is busy with these days? His recently-launched three brands of detergent powder—Khushi, Pakhi and Cygnus. The press release for the launch ran thus: Megastar Mithun Chakraborty who has cleaned the dirt and squalor of innumerable movies, is out to do it again, literally!