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Kareena Kapoor’s giving a serious touch to her portfolio. It’s raining “roles with a difference”: Bebo’s got Baajirao Mastani, River Moon and Rituparno Ghosh’s modern-day Guide. And then there’s the most “arty” of them all, Anant Balani’s Chameli. Surprise, surprise, Kareena plays a prostitute in this one to “explore a new sensibility and genre”. Don’t know what she means by this, but we hear that an “impressed” industry is already calling it a gutsy move. All the best, Kareena, at the BO.
It’s celebrating India at the Milan Fashion Week. And like all things Indian, this was a glitzy affair. But this year, other than the usual fare of film melas and celebrity dinners, Italians had a different treat in store: over 50 creations from designer Tarun Tahiliani’s pret-a-porter collection. No wonder there was a surfeit of muslins, georgettes, chiffon and stretched T-shirts. And guess what caught the Italians’ imagination most: semi-precious stones inspired by the Nizam’s jewels.
Wild horses wouldn’t have grabbed this early work of Booker winner Arundhati Roy out of the closet. But Penguin did. The only reason she agreed to publish the screenplay of In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, said Roy, was “a billion dollars in cold cash”. The film, written by her and produced and directed by husband Pradeep Kishen, was aired once on DD in a time slot when most people were asleep. She was prepared, said Roy at the launch in Delhi last week, to be deeply embarrassed by the film when she saw it again. But the only thing that embarrassed her was her own appearance in it, looking according to her like an “anorexic issue of Sai Baba and Bugs Bunny”.
This is one invitation Usha Uthup isn’t going to miss for the world. The Vatican has specially invited her to attend Mother Teresa’s beatification ceremony on October 19 at St Peter’s square. Says Uthup: “The Mother wants me to be there at her moment of glory.” However, the Vatican has dashed her request to sing a special song at the ceremony. She’s still trying: “India must push for it. I don’t mind even if I get to sing half a song or even one line.” Hope the Mother will answer her prayers.