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She is the latest princess to waltz down to tinsel town. Bollywood is buzzing these days with the upcoming baptism of Soha Ali Khan, Tiger Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore’s daughter, into its ranks. We heard she’s debuting in an Amol Palekar flick, but the girl herself is not confirming anything. Is she eyeing any particular banner or director? No, even-first timers will do. Is she comfortable with Bollywood’s staple dance numbers? If Saif, with his “two left feet” can dance, Soha says, she’s got hope. But going by the way she made heads turn at designer Manav Gangwani’s show recently, brother Saif and sis-in-law Amrita just couldn’t hide the glint in their eyes. Attagirl, Soha.
No statutory warnings for impressionable young girls here. Bollywood’s getting bolder with Srinivas Bhashyam’s Paisa Vasool: for the first time a mainstream comedy starring Manisha Koirala and Sushmita Sen will see young, middle-class, socially midtown women smoking and drinking. Says Bhashyam: “Indian films have never showed their lead women like this. That’s because we are a nation of hypocrites.” Here’s hoping the wise uncle with the scissors doesn’t mind the twist in the plot!
This one’s straight from the horse’s mouth. At a time when Lara Dutta’s still struggling for a foothold in Bollywood, she’s come out with this bombshell. Dutta recently revealed that she was the “original” choice for the two sequels to the Matrix series. But why did the Reloaded and Revolution happen without her? “Because I didn’t enjoy the movie since Hollywood has copied the Gita.” Beat that.
In My Flying Machine... was perhaps on her lips when Audrey Mayben, 27, piloted her microlight aircraft from Bangalore to Nagpur (about 1,400 km) at the recent air race. The only woman pilot-in-command and flying solo at the race, Mayben’s set her goal high: the World Gliding Championships and the World Aerobics meet. “I am going to give it a try even if I have to try for the next ten years.” Amen to bird power!