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Compiled By Nisha Susan

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Photo: AFP

THE WEDDING DANCE CONTINUED 

We have truly underestimated the popularity of Sania Mirza — a Facebook page called Thank you Pakistan for taking Sania Mirza, Now Please take Rakhi Sawant also! has gained 95,000 members in three weeks. Perhaps it is in this spirit of bilateral cooperation that Shoaib Malik allegedly announced that all media would be barred except those who paid Rs 35 million for the right to film his and Sania’s wedding reception at Lahore. Unfortunately this seems to have backfired. No coverage of the actual event and lots of spite about money-grubbing.

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Circus of the absurd SRK with Harbhajan
Circus of the absurd
SRK with Harbhajan

THE SHOW GOES ON

 Is it just us or does it seem weird to you that there is this massive glittery IPL awards ceremony while the whole enterprise is perched on a precipice? Is there something a bit Nero-esque about the wildly dancing movie stars, the cricketers with borrowed belly-chains, the belly-dancers with borrowed smiles? One’s respect goes up for Shah Rukh Khan and gang that they are capable of cavorting amidst tax raids and general chaos. Or that dear Shilpa Shetty can talk about looking forward to relaxing times as a judge on a dance show. Truly, there’s no business like show business. Puzzling that only Yuvraj Singh has the power to get under Shah Rukh’s skin.

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RUN NASEEM RUN

Filmmaker Anurag Basu is about to shoot (on behalf of a Pakistani cellphone company) a very short film that celebrates Pakistani sprinter Naseem Akhtar. Akhtar became Asia’s fastest woman at the South Asian Games in February at Dhaka. At first the plan was to shoot the mini biopic in Dhaka but that didn’t quite work out. Pakistan was not really an option either so now Basu is set to recreate Akhtar’s life in Dubai.

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BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Word has it that Mumbai playwright Ramu Ramanathan is finishing up an unusual new play. Like all his plays this too leans towards a cause — that of ecology — and a history lesson. But at last there is an explanation for why he has been trekking around Maharashtra and Kerala in the company of entomologists — those are the nice people who study insects. The big theme of the play is the lives of India’s huge array of butterflies.


‘Women Can’t Grow Fat And Expect Fidelity’

Mehar Bhasin, Model

By Nishita Jha

How has your definition of the ideal relationship changed over time? 
I come from a close-knit family so my boyfriends had to have good family values, a sense of humour and a secure job. As for the ones in school, I can’t remember what I saw in them anyway! (laughs)

Would you bring up your children any differently from the way you were brought up?
My parents would expect me home by seven (11 if I was with my sisters), even though I started working at 18! Keeping tabs on your kids through cellphones and house-help is a violation of trust. You can’t encroach on anyone’s space like that and expect them to trust you.

If you saw your teen rolling a joint, would you treat it as a sign of the age we live in?
Taboos change with society’s reactions to them. It would be more horrific if I came home to find my kid on those Japanese rape-simulation sites. Even if it was about sex or drugs, I’d prefer to talk to my kids.

If your partner was cheating on you, how would you react?
If you love someone, you can tell the signs. Rather than staying silent, I would confront him. I used to be emotional but my career made me practical. I realised a direct approach saves time.

Does being a model make you insecure about your body?
If you can handle the pressure to look good and deal with the backstabbing — it’s glamour all the way. These days women realise you can’t be a housewife with two kids and still expect your husband to stay faithful if you’re growing fatter every day. Who doesn’t want to look good?

Would you let your child go on a crash diet?
If she wants to survive on orange juice, I’d tell her not to call me when she faints. OJ with a few carbs is fine.

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