Vanity Fair


Sister Act

Perhaps there is something in that annoying maxim (from Pride and Prejudice to Roja) about keeping the younger sister out of sight until the older sister has been safely married away. But how do you keep the younger sister away if she is under the panopticon of a reality show? You can’t. So Shilpa Shetty can have her big, fat, elephant-riding wedding but younger sister Shamita is going to run up her column inches alongside. Oh, she is so upset she missed the engagement because of Big Boss. Oh, she would never miss the wedding of her dearly beloved sister. Oh, she is shocked her sister organised her clothes while she was stuck on the show. And frankly, so are we.


The world is full of complex issues of propriety. When making a film about Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru, the State may object wildly to your saying that the pair were in love. Meanwhile, the spin doctors say a Madhuri Dixit will play Mrs G in a two-part biopic but Madhuri says she is still thinking about it. Half a dozen other names have been dropped languidly as well. We are once more left pondering propriety because the first part of the film claims to “unfold her story from her birth to her emergence as ‘Maa Durga’ after her victory against Pakistan in the 1971 war”.

Calm like a Bomb

The press has been foaming at the mouth over Rahul Bhatt, son of Mahesh Bhatt, ever since the David Headley story broke. While the Bhatts should get everyone’s sympathy as the unfortunate victims in this circus, Bollywood always offers a newly mawkish angle. Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who expresses gratitude to Papa Bhatt, wants to now revive a shelved project. Basu had once planned a film called Suicide Bomber and says he always had Rahul in mind as the lead. Bizarrely, he says, the film was postponed two years ago because “at that point of time, the script about global terrorism seemed premature”.

Panic Room

Recently there have been many movies that have induced in the audience a blind shock at the lack of taste or nausea that one is trapped in an expensive Friday outing. But then filmmaker Shawn Aranha wants to cultivate that feeling in his audience. For Hide And Seek, he says, “I’ve used a claustrophobic technique. The audience will feel they are stuck in a cubic box that they can’t get out of.”

Compiled by Nisha Susan


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