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RISING SUN

The stunning Surya has arrived in Bollywood for RGV’s Rakta Charitra. He is modestly making noises about this being a minor excursion into an industry already chockful of talented heroes. Surya disarmingly says his tutor taught him bookish Hindi which can’t possibly work. Back home, he announced that younger brother Karthik was a bigger star. New rumours also say that he is about to star in a Malayalam film. It’s staggering cast (Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal and Priyamani) makes us think we should wait and see how this one turns out.

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YES WE CAN!

Have you recovered from the sudden appearance of a youthful Obama lookalike in MNIK? Be prepared, more is on the way. A new movie, apparently about the recession, starring Amol Gupte, Rajat Kapoor and Neha Dhupia is titled With Love to Obama. The movie promises to talk about how everyone has taken a hit from the recession, from big corporations to UP mafia. This is comparatively less wierd when you think of Bollywood movies in the pieline which promise to talk about discrimination against women and the condition of Olive Ridley Turtles at the same time. Where is this issue-addiction coming from?

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IT’S NOT JUST A TWEET

While Shashi Tharoor uses ‘interlocuter’ in every alternate tweet so the vocabulary lesson is reinforced, little Priyanka Chopra has gone straight to the mothership — the Twitter headquarters. To say hello, we are guessing. She is shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani right now in the US. Though she rarely tweets anything non-anodyne, she is about to cross the 200,000 mark as far as the number of followers are concerned.

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MYTHICAL HERO

This would have been a good time for a hockey movie. As an afterthought perhaps, K Sera Sera has announced it is making a biopic on a hockey legend. Since it is a biopic, one would assume that the central protagonist is also named in this announcement, but we are floating in a sea of coyness. “One player has made an indispensable contribution to Indian hockey. He will be our hero,” Sanjay Gupta, CEO, K Sera Sera, has been quoted as saying. Do you think he was suffering from momentary amnesia or his hero is actually not Dhyan Chand?

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Compiled by NISHA SUSAN


‘I Wish I Had A Six-Pack, Or Perhaps Even An Eight-Pack!’

SAMIR SONI, Actor

What is the most embarrassing thing that your parents have caught you doing?
I had written this little note for my teacher, whom I had a huge crush on when I was in Class I. I wrote a few mushy lines about her not paying attention to me and my parents caught me while I was writing it. It was extremely embarrassing!

Which aspect of your physical appearance would you change?
I wish I had a leaner body. A six-pack or perhaps even an eight-pack!

What would you warn your daughter about, if she wanted to enter the glamour industry?
I would tell her that although acting or modelling may look quite glamorous on the outside, it needs a lot of patience and hard work. It is a long struggle and only experience helps.

What aspect of your bringing-up would you not emulate, when raising your own child?
I think I would lay less stress on doing well — like my parents did to me when it came to academics and life, generally. It is something I tell my niece who is appearing for her boards this year, it is more important to be content with what you do.

How would you react if a friend at a party offered you drugs?
Instinctively, my reaction would be to refuse. I’d probably laugh it off and call him stupid.

Would you rather date a gorgeous woman with a perfect body, or a thinking woman with an interesting mind?
Honestly, beauty works only for the initial attraction. But for an enduring experience, a thinking woman definitely. Assuming we are talking extremities here, you cannot talk to a body. Eventually, it is the chemistry, the personality and how you get along that matters.

Would you kill for love?
I’d rather risk my life protecting someone I love, because I abhor violence of any sort.

AMRITA MADHUKALYA