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Compiled by Nishita Jha

Her own muse Mallika Sherawat
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Burn after reading

Shah Rukh Khan had better rush that memoir out, because Mallika Sherawat is about to start writing her own autobiography. Sherawat has promised that if she does decide to kiss and tell, it will be a “no-holds barred” account of her encounters with big names in Hollywood and Bollywood. Juicy as that sounds, the book we really want to read is her publicist’s story. How does one turn every accidental encounter with a celebrity into a romantic liaison? Publishers, are you listening?


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Stud Buddy

A Feast For The Eyes

Regulars at Mumbai’s Hakkasan have been privy to a tasty new dish at their favourite restaurant. Actor Sidharth Malhotra and Karan Johar have been spotted dining at the restaurant twice in the past week, undoubtedly discussing the complexities of their upcoming film, Student of the Year. Here’s hoping that some of the creative energy from Johar and Malhotra’s last vacation in Paris has made it to the film’s heady recipe too.


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Paired In Writing

At this very moment, high-end designers and wedding planners must be fantasising themselves silly over landing the biggest event of the year — the much-awaited Kareena-Saif wedding. Bebo, however, doesn’t get what the fuss is all about. In a recent interview, Kareena revealed that she knew they were committed for life the moment Saif had her name inked on his arm, and that the couple routinely checks into hotels as “Mr and Mrs Khan”.


‘The indie music scene works with a DIY ethic’

WHO Arjun S Ravi is the co-founder of the counter-culture music movement, NH7, and is the editor of Indecision. An MBA from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Arjun has written on music for JAM Magazine, Sunday Guardian and The Caravan.

Arjun S Ravi, 28, NH7 Co-Founder
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What kind of artistes is the NH7 Weekender trying to bring to India?
In 2010, when we started the Weekender, we realised that the term ‘music festival’ was really abused in India. It revolved around one famous artist. Festivals are intended to be bigger than one act. We try to bring artistes who aren’t necessarily famous but put up a good show. We want the audience to have great live experiences.

How has the Indian music scene changed?
Indie bands used to be novelties. Outside of Bollywood, little else was considered entertainment. Now, there’s a commitment on the part of the media, advertisers and fans to see live performances. People are opening up to new genres. Indian bands share stage space with foreign acts. The balance right now is tipped in the favour of electronic and rock, especially with acts like The Raghu Dixit Project and Swarathma.

How has music piracy affected the industry?
Before the Internet, alternate music was dependent on TV and the radio. Major labels in India only distributed top 40 tracks. Piracy gave fans access. They could actually listen to Guns N’ Roses or Metallica. Indian brands stopped playing covers and fans stopped expecting them. Piracy helped India’s original music scene and is a platform for artistes to distribute their songs.

What part have venues played in this change?
New venues actively promote alternative music. Hard Rock Café might not be ideal in terms of acoustics. But five HRCs in India give an indie musician a five-city circuit to tour. Acoustics at phenomenal venues like blueFROG give the audience a great experience.

Is the music industry trying to develop alternative music?
Earlier, we waited for people to support us, for brands to sponsor us, for the movement to take off. Now there’s a do-it-yourself ethic taking shape. Swarathma’s members quit their cushy day jobs to be fulltime musicians. They organise their own tours and their music sells because of their initiative.

Esha Vaish


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