Compiled by Nisha Susan
After acting in a movie (Kaminey) where her hero has a double role, Priyanka Chopra did a movie where she played 12 parts. In this four-hour long movie (What’s Your Rashee?) she does a song-dance sequence for each character culminating in a headachy song-dance sequence where all 12 get together. Now Chopra has signed on with Vishal Bhardwaj once again to play seven roles in his next movie. Either Chopra fell into a photocopying machine in the recent past and feels that with great power comes great responsibility. Or it is that the ghost of the still alive Kamal Hasan is residing in her lissome body.
Julia Roberts last spotted was staying with her children Hazel and Phinnaeus at Pataudi Palace. Her infinite ‘desification’ is being closely monitored as she shoots for her role in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. She wants to eat Indian sweets. She ate dal-roti. Her children now have Indian names. She wants to meet Kareena Kapoor. Yes, yes she has gone native. Can we give it a rest already? Oh wait, if our passionate entreaties can do nothing then let us tell you about the last time she went native. The last time was in Indonesia at an orangutan sanctuary. Roberts was filmed in the jungle carrying around an infant orangutan for days on end, letting it climb her hair, and lie on her.
Going, Gone, Goa
Fans of photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta’s work are likely to enjoy his new book Edge of Faith. The new collection is a set of photographs of traditional Catholic households in Goa shot over several years. Sorry, no bikinis or Lakshmi Menon in sight. The book comes inexplicably with a preface by William Dalrymple.
Yes, there is a Facebook group for everything and we are easily amused. But forgive our juvenile glee when we stumble upon a Facebook group for members of the former royal families of India. The group is sparsely populated so far, barely 200 members and the distinctly non-royal seem to be having more fun with it. We are particularly charmed by a certain young dalit writer exhorting all his dalit friends to join the group. His mocking cheer: “All the dalits in Facebook please join. Your only chance… comes only once in few thousand years”.
Rakhi Sawant (On how her fiancé drove away one of the many child participants on their new show Pati, Patni Aur Woh)