February 21, 2020
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Another homecoming for Sir Vidia; Bend It Like Beckham catches American fancy and double 'loss' for Ash

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Sir Vidia came calling again last week. While he enjoyed his stay at the Maurya, wife Nadira popped across to Pakistan via the Wagah border to meet her family and then returned the same way. All with a little help from Ram Jethmalani...Delhi is welcoming another friend, the new resident editor of Times of India, Bachi Karkaria, whose dhansak is almost as famous as her columns...After Monsoon Wedding, it’s Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham that’s catching American fancy, garnering rave reviews and $4 million in its opening run...Talking of Chadha, it seems her Aishwarya Rai project Bride and Prejudice will not star Johnny Depp anymore. Instead, she has cast New Zealand actor Martin Henderson opposite Ash. That’s the second loss for the beauty queen considering Pierce Brosnan too hasn’t really landed up in her kitty...








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