Between greasepaint, glamour and men in blue running with the Olympic torch, was 24-year-old Arja. The spirited orphan, living in Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged in Delhi, was the only differently abled participant among the 105 torch-bearers on June 10. The fact that he is an athlete and has even bagged a Special Olympic gold helped him secure a place. He got to run about 400m amidst cheering crowds.
Seems like Madhuri didn’t get enough of all things Bong on Bhansali’s Gujjufied Devdas. So off she went and allotted bulk dates to the award-winning director Buddhadev Dasgupta’s latest production Hridoyer Katha (Heart’s Tale). The film will showcase the actress’ latest efforts to do “meaningful cinema.” While we can’t expect the old dhak-dhak charm, we’ll settle for the megawatt smile.
One thought M.J. Akbar had breasted the tape in getting foreign print media into the country. Akbar’s Midram Publishing indeed took a quick route— registered International Herald Tribune as an Indian publication and began printing it in Hyderabad, until the i&b ministry decided to play spoilsport. Akbar protests his innocence and is contemplating legal recourse. He is after all a trendsetter.
KamalaHaasan has decided to play it safe. After the moderate success of Virumaandi, the star, who claims to being original and avant-garde, now seems desperate for success. So he prefers to copy from a successful model—Kamal will be starring in the remake of Munnabhai MBBS. Directed by Saran, who has had a good run at the box office, the film will be called Vasoolraja MBBS in Tamil and playing the female lead will be Sneha.
The King is dead, long live the Kingsley. Mumbai-born orphan Nigel Kingsley left Mumbai with his six-string guitar and a toothbrush and travelled to Europe, possibly in his blue suede shoes. Named Europe’s top Elvis imitator, he has a magnificent home in Switzerland, a Cadillac collection and degrees in hotel, business management and phsycology. Sounds like Nigel’s got them all shook up.
Poor Courtney Love. After charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs, it’s assault now. The anonymous woman accuser is said to be a friend of her former boyfriend Jim Barber. She says the singer hit her with a microphone. Love’s whereabouts are unknown.