Compiled by Nisha Susan
Poor old Michael Jackson. As if the indignity of his death, the muck-raking and the burial without a brain wasn’t enough, you have to get the Great Indian Rope-in Trick. We’re told he loved Indian food, culture and dance. He was reading Tagore, secretly studying Hinduism. His brother’s wife lived in Chandigarh for three months. And he has an endorsement from the revered Bal Thackeray: “How many people can dance that way? You’d break your neck…He represents certain values in America that India should not have qualms accepting.” Unfortunately, he didn’t elaborate or we could have taken notes.
Does the utterly gorgeous Deepika Padukone have any acting muscles? We have wondered too. Watch Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal closely as she romances Saif Ali Khan in two eras (the present and 1965) and perhaps we’ll find out. Certainly there is no backup career in badminton if a recent exhibition match is any indication. Helium-laden reports have it that Aamir Khan defeated Deepika and Prakash Padukone, failing to mention the minor contributions of teammate Aparna Popat (who merely represented India twice in the Olympics).
If you’re in the mood for a nice-not-mindless paperback, Faking It looks like a good option. (This is while you count the days till Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Girl hits bookstores.) Amrita Chowdhury’s first is set in Mumbai’s art scene with a boringly-named Tara Malhotra. But Tara is unlikely to bore you as she greedily buys what she thinks is a newly discovered Amrita Shergill. The author is a Silicon Valley engineer who has seven patents in semi-conductor fabrication.
Fans of the Kannada superhit Mungaru Male (summed up as: Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. S**t happens. Rabbit dies) would be delighted to hear that the rabbit, Devadas, is returning in Ganesh’s Maleyalli Jotheyalli. Ganesh defends the resurrection by saying that it is director Preetham Gubbi’s choice. “The rabbit did magic in Mungaru Male.” While various custodians of morality are worried that the reading down of Section 377 would lead to unspeakable acts in the bedroom (dogs were mentioned by elderly citizens), the bunny menage à trois continues to prosper.
Akshay Kumar (The star of Kambhakth Ishq on what he does when he cannot pursue parkour)