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Delhi pulled out all stops to woo the heir to the British throne on Wednesday: photo-ops with Miss International 2003 Shonali Nagarani and others at Majnu Ka Tila, an exchange on knowledge and belief with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and a talk on the relevance of human linkages and a shared past at the British Council. Wearing a dark pin-striped suit and a faint smile, if a greying Prince Charles was bothered about Princess Di’s butler’s damning book circulating in the UK and the letter (see inset) Diana wrote where she feared being killed in a car crash, he didn’t show it.
For Manisha Koirala, it’s just another chhoti si controversy. After all, she’s bagged one of the most talked-about roles in Bollywood in a long time—she’s playing Indira Gandhi in Nitin Keni’s film, Indira Gandhi—A Tryst With Destiny. The casting elicited the usual crop of carps from busybody party moralists. The question raised was: how can she play Indira after doing a prostitute’s role in Market? “I am amused. I am an actress and free to portray any role. I am just doing my job. As an actress, my roles should have variety, no? In this day and age, I expect people to be more broad-minded,” was her repartee.
Who do you think is hotter—a bikini-clad Celina Jaitly in Janasheen or the ten babes specially flown down from Hollywood for an item number in the film? Here’s what Celina says: “I can make temperatures rise even when I am fully clothed. Indians still lust for dusky skin. I am sure nobody can outshine me here.” Touche!
The heavyweight guest-list of this ceremony said it all. Deputy PM L.K. Advani presented the Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year award to Tata group chairman Ratan N. Tata in Delhi this week. Infosys chief N.R. Narayanamurthy, who got the award last year, was also present with industry minister Arun Jaitly, E&Y chairman K.N. Memani and a large number of top industrialists.