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Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary opening bats-man, may have hung up his cricketing boots way back in the late '80s but his bat still makes good business sense. An Australian company is offering a portrait cricket bat personally autographed by the Little Master. Each bat will have two hand-painted oil portraits of Gavaskar priced at Rs 29,595. Sunny, who marketed himself well in his heydays, continues to do so. For all those hard-core cricket buffs who want a piece of cricketing action, this personally autographed bat is the perfect investment.
Madhu Sapre has something to stalk about. Namely, the love of her life, Milind Soman. Going by the offers he has been getting—first from teeny boppers and now from tinseltown, Milind is set to go places. Having run away from the ramp over six months ago, Milind has decided to dedicate his good looks to the big screen: "After seven years, modelling doesn't hold any excitement any more. It comes so easy that it is no work at all." With three films under his belt, Milind does have a mouthful of offers but where do Madhu and marriage fit in? "Both of us are not yet stable professionally. It shows on the personal front too. Marriage will happen though we can't say when." Seems like Madhu will have to wait awhile to be a wedding belle!
It's just not profitable to put on weight—as actor Naseerudin Shah discovered. It took a lot of serious gorging to put on those extra kilos to play the role of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for a Channel Four film on the former Pakistan premier. And now he finds he has to work it all off. Channel Four wanted a token financial involvement of Pakistan in the film. But the government, even under daughter Benazir, refused to show more than a passing interest in the project.Stumped for money as well as support from the powers that be in Pakistan, Channel Four's commissioning editor decided to 'kill Bhutto'. That the film has been laid to rest is something to mourn about. As for Naseer, he's been left holding all that extra weight.
Award-winning filmmaker Gautam Ghosh is currently working on West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu's life and times. He accompanied Basu on his recent trip to Bangladesh. Basu reminisced about his childhood spent in Calcutta and occasional visits to what is now Bangladesh in close-ups to the director. Ghosh can't be faulted on his timing: Basu, in his early 80s, has found the going strenuous and has told close friends that he would like to retire sometime soon.
Sometimes life can be full of party poopers. For socialite Bina Ramani, the party was all planned. Converting an old haveli into a lifestyle complex, she was all set to open shop in the next few weeks. But the Archaeological Survey of India spoilt it all by filing a complaint—the haveli is a stone's throw away from the historic Qutab Minar. Says Ratish Nanda, a consultant with the Delhi chapter of INTACH: "Converting a haveli in itself is not a big deal. But firstly, it's not aesthetically done and, secondly, it's too close to the historic monument." Ramani, who earlier 'discovered' Hauz Khas Village for the social set, put it down to personal vendetta and said, "I have not seen any complaint. My conscience is clear. I am doing the best thing possible". A point not everyone will agree with.