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ISHA GETS LUCKY?

Something about Isha Sharvani makes you feel like she should not be sent out in the world (big, bad, etc) without a protector. They had the poor girl spinning like a top in Kisna, a movie of awesome badness. And now she is twisted like an attractive pretzel in the faux Moulin Rouge sequence in Luck By Chance. Her interviews confirm your suspicions. Why did she take on a bit part in You, Me Aur Hum, she says, “I wanted to see and act with Kajol up close.” Mother Daksha Sheth was probably not kidding when she once said she has lived in a cave (metaphor, people, metaphor) in Kerala all this while.

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HOWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

Sonam Kapoor continues to talk. She of the sugarless birthday cake is now talking about spoons. What with her pigeon-dance, it is all sounding a bit Edward Lear, but really, it isn’t. Kapoor has just been cast in the Akshay Kumar movie Come on Pappu. Kumar has apparently unceremoniously dropped Deepika Padukone, spurring talk of the underdog (that is Sonam) winning after all. Nice narrative but Sonam is having none of it. “I was born with a silver spoon. I am Anil Kapoor’s daughter,” she said.

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JAILHOUSE BLUES

The scars of Fashion have barely faded. And now, Madhur Bhandarkar is already making noises about his next wonder: Jail. Brace for the pain, because two people you probably like a lot are going to be tortured along with the audience. Mugdha Godse, who rose above Bhadarkar’s ineptness, and Neil Nitin Mukesh, who was icy cruel in Johnny Gaddar, have been cast in the next Bhandarkar mockumentary.

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POTS, KETTLES, VESSELS OF LOVE

At the Jaipur lit-fest, Osian’s Neville Tuli sauntered about looking as if he had a pleasantly-lined coffin on the premises. (His sweet young minions wanted the press to write about Osian’s auction, though they said press was not allowed at the auction.) Tuli continues to fascinate in his aspect and in his accent. Responding to a question about art fraud, he responded philosophically. “Show me one thing in this world that is not fake. Even relationships are fake.” And then the sweetened knife: “Many artists claim their works have been faked — they are like charlatans, seeking easy publicity.”

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