SHE won the best supporting actress award for her role in Sardari Begum. And after playing the simmering rebel daughter in the film, Rajeshwari Sachdeva moves to the small screen. As a repressed daughter, destined never to marry her love, in the 26-episode Margarita, to be screened on Zee on July 8. Repressed her role may be, "but the girl's a rebel in her own way". Making rebellion a habit, are we?
WHILE the stars glittered at the premiere of Border, relatives of those who died in the Uphaar cinema tragedy simmered at the bad timing of the function. The date of the premiere, which had been fixed much in advance, happened to fall on the same day when the relatives were performing the kriya ceremony for their dead. Stars Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna, Pooja Bhatt all wore black as a mark of respect for the dead. Beyond that, stars like Pooja Bhatt were almost nonchalant about their presence in the city. Director J.P. Dutta, who gave scores of interviews, too did not manage to appease the relatives.
EVEN for the Kannada film industry, used to nakhras of imported Bollywood heroines, this one went a little too far. Nagma, that voluptuous babe of Tamil and Telugu filmdom, signed her first Kannada film Rough and Tough for Rs 8 lakh. A Rs 2 lakh advance later, the leading lady launched her tantrums—kept away from the film's muhurat, withdrew from it after giving a call sheet for 20 days, returned the advance and left director Ramesh in the lurch. Reason: two heroes and a lot of action didn't leave much for her to do in the film. But the industry suspects there's more to it. Given the bimbo roles Nagma gets anyway.
TRUTH will always prevail. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Weekly Standard wrote a somewhat salacious article on holistic healer Deepak Chopra, claiming that the best-selling author had paid for the services of a prostitute with his credit card. Chopra slapped a libel suit on the magazine. After some amount of soul-searching, no doubt helped by the libel suit, the weekly has now unconditionally apologised to Chopra. Amen.
US senator Larry Pressler's pro-India stand is well known. What is not so well known is he and finance secretary Montek Singh Ahluwalia were both Rhodes scholars at Oxford and formed a friendship that continues to date. Pressler, who was in India to deliver the first Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture, spoke at length on Indo-Pak relations. Keeping in view the recent developments, Pressler said it was now up to the two countries to solve their problems and America had no real role to play. Collected leaders and social activists like Swami Agnivesh, Ram Jethmalani, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Jayanti Natarajan couldn't help but agree.