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Turns out the prurient speculations of the Ray-besotted Bengalis were right after all. In astonishing excerpts of her autobiography, Amaader Katha (Our Story), Satyajit Ray’s wife Bijoya all but confirms that the handsome genius had an affair with Madhabi Mukherjee, the actress who became Charulata. Madhabi recanted on an old signed confession to issue a hasty denial. When caught, Ray was repentant and “never looked at another woman”, says Bijoya. Now, that’s a dampener for those who ceaselessly offer lists of Ray’s women.
Indo-Pak thaws do have glamorous spin-offs. Reema, the blue-eyed Lollywood babe, is in Mumbai to enlist Indian singers for her directorial debut Koi Tujh Sa Kahan. A veteran of 175 films, she had kicked up dust with “Dil dil Hindustan, jan jan Pakistan.”
WSF ’04 has thrown up a new phalanx to combat the math of infinite justice. Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, Shirin Ebadi and Arundhati Roy have pledged to enforce a global bandh and forcefully shut down imperial cornershops. Watch out!
Come Republic Day and it’s time for some patriotic jugalbandi. This time, it’s starring A.R. Rehman on the keys and President Abdul Kalam on the lyrics. Titled ‘One Vision, One World,’ this concert in Mumbai has been organised by save The Children India. The Prez had a preview and apparently loved it.
Another beauty trophy for Ash. This time from hellomagazine.com, that too, beating the likes of Keira Knightley and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Also set to make her Hollywood debut, life was looking due north if it hadn’t been for a summons by the Bandra court. K.K. Shetty, an estate agent, has sued Rai for not paying Rs 3.5 lakh as brokerage for her Rs 1.8-crore flat.
Harrison Ford has been left with a staggering £50 million bill following a divorce from his wife of 18 years, Melissa Mathison. Estimated to be the costliest divorce in tinsel town history, it supersedes the erstwhile topper, Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman’s £46 million deal.