Some of her film reviews may have rankled readers, some felt she’s too harsh on Bollywood masala but Outlook’s Namrata Joshi was awarded the best film critic at the 52nd National Film Awards. Secret of her success? Perhaps it’s all about giving poor ratings to all that trash. Wait, there’s more to the story. A little bird tells us she’s going places hereon....
For a musically untrained software engineer, Manasi Scott’s first music album Nach Le was a success of sorts with over 75,000 copies being sold in Mumbai alone. Call it chhamiya, rock ’n roll or remixes that embody the spirit of rumba and merengue, she’s with it. She’s ready for the Bollywood item number too as long as she gets to sing. More raunchy moves? Nah! “It’s a bad excuse for no talent,” she says.
Richard Gere arrived in Hyderabad for his Heroes Project with Parmeshwar Godrej wrapped around him like a wet T-shirt. To his credit, however, the southern film industry also lent their star power to the AIDS awareness event. Kamalahaasan was Gere’s interpreter. But it was Chiranjeevi who fed Gere a sumptuous dinner at his house. Gere was caught blushing when CM Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy in his speech thanked “Mr Richard Gore” for his efforts to control the AIDS epidemic. As for talk of a movie with Sushmita Sen, it was, “She’s a friend but let’s talk aids.” So hush, Sush.
When Rajya Sabha MP and publisher Vijay Darda sent out invitations for his daughter and daughter-in-law’s fashion show, there was bound to be a strong turnout. Sure enough, Gautam Singhania and wife Nawaz, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Subroto Roy and Smita Thackeray made appearances. How were daughter Purva Kothari’s jewellery and daughter-in-law Rachana Darda’s clothes? Actually, there was so much bling off the ramp that the show got a bit upstaged by the guests.
Here’s that broad expanding line with the blue denim theme (Anupam Kher blatantly flaying the dress code). Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Chunkey Pandey, even the mascot of ribald comedies, Ritesh Deshmukh, along with Riya Sen, Celina Jaitley and Koena Mitra—that’s Subhash Ghai’s latest A-team. He’s pitching his money in Money Money Money to get cash registers ringing. The film will hit the floors soon.
Omar Sharif is Hollywood’s bad boy. In ’01 he was delivered a suspended prison sentence for head-butting a police officer. Now the Lawrence of Arabia star has been sued by a valet who alleged the star punched him and shouted racial abuses.