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Compiled by Nishita Jha

Curve ahead: Mallika Sherawat
Curve ahead: Mallika Sherawat, Photo: AFP

Traffic Hazard

The tabloids are bemoaning Mallika Sherawat’s lack of skin-show at Cannes, but we might know why the siren has turned shy. While shooting for Kismat, Love, Paisa, Dilli last week, Sherawat and co-star Vivek Oberoi ended up doing 15 re-takes for a scene. No, it wasn’t because of dubious acting skills. Their autorickshaw driver couldn’t keep his eyes on the road and off Mallika’s dangerous curves. The scene had to be rewritten with Oberoi at the wheel, presumably immune to Mallika’s sinous charms. But the driver confessed that he wouldn’t be able to sleep for nights to come.

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Photo: Shailendra Pandey

Big Fish Big Pond

Braving New Worlds

Actor Ravi Kishan, emperor of the Bhojpuri film industry, has been making steady inroads into Bollywood for some time now, especially with the big men who have an eye for talent — Shyam Benegal and Mani Ratnam. After a bit role in Agent Vinod andDangerous Ishq, the latest feather in Kishan’s rakishly-askew cap, is a deal with none other than Yash Raj films, a project endearingly titled Mere Dad Ki Maruti.

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Who’s your Daddy?

Overwhelmed at his international debut — a cameo in Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Great GatsbyBachchan Sr has decided to abandon the lucid verse of his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan for some snappy rap on his blog — “Mr Leonardo de Caprio-he be soo gorgeous, no wonder all the ladies flockin’ to him He be Gatsby, and Spiderman Tobey Maguire be his good friend.” Drinking deep from the founts of the Madhushala, Mr B?

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Shahid Kapoor‘Success is even more dangerous than failure’
Shahid Kapoor
(explaining the past 10 years of his life)

Validation

Ten years after its release, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas has made it to TIME magazine’s list of the millenium’s ten best films. Our favourite part of Richard Corliss’ review was his description of Madhuri Dixit Nene: “a hot number who had danced flamenco on men’s libidos for a decade or so before appearing in this worldlywise role.” A triumphant Benegal exhorted the industry to not make films for westerners to approve, missing the deliciously inherent irony.

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