Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
Is the Party over?
First we want to know how Freida Pinto has an on- demand British accent. Is that acting prowess? On this note, we are happy to report New York Magazine, as a willing cultural incendiary, has published an exposé of sorts titled ‘Will Planet of the Apes Help Cement Freida Pinto’s Rise?’ And Hollywood agents’ take on her career boiled down to this: “The publicity part is easy for her — you can always put her in a photo shoot in a pretty dress — but the hard part is the material worth writing about” and “Go do Monster’s Ball- y-wood!”
This news byte we have gotten all too used to: AR Rahman recording with X famous artist from abroad. But there is an unusual amplification to this story. It’s notAndrew Lloyd Webber this time, but Mick Jagger and an assorted band of singers, including the relatively junior Joss Stone. Of course, the band would call itself Superheavy and churn out a Sanskrit-titled song, Satyameva Jayate. And, of course, it wouldn’t be easy to listen to the song without bursting an artery or two. At least we won’t bother to feign surprise anymore.
We wouldn’t blame you if you have no memory of a time when you could watch a music channel and not hear a song from Bodyguard. And for the under- resourced idle viewer, there is no substantive evidence that Bodyguard is not a mash-up of Wanted, Dabangg and Ready. However, after much effort, we have found a significant difference — the successful commerce of thousands of Bodyguard rakhis (unsanctioned by the producers). Who is the joke on? Us, for not figuring out this fortuitous thematic overlap earlier and minting crores to retire early.
The New Siren
There is an abject lack of glamorous star hook-ups with cricketer tales to report on these days. So we import them. Think of the sheer number of trees solemnly martyred to give you tidings of Shane Warne and Liz Hurley. When that story doesn’t quench the thirst, there is Wasim Akram and his model-girlfriend Humaima Malick. Malick just starred opposite Atif Aslam in Bol directed by Shoaib Mansoor of Khuda Kay Liye fame. News of an unnamed Bollywood debut coincides with the Eid release of Bol here. A reason not to give up on cricket?
‘I was a fat child who dreamt of being a model’
WHO Pia Trivedi is one of India’s supermodels who appeared in the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for two consecutive years. She also became popular as a Channel V VJ and for dancing with Abhishek Bachchan in Bluffmaster. She is soon going to be seen in her debut movie, Hum Tum Aur Shabana directed by Sagar Ballary of Bheja Fry fame.
By Aastha Atray Banan
How did you become a model?
I was born and brought up in Mumbai. I have lived in the same house since I was a child. My father was into exports and my mother was a housewife. My elder sister, Binal, was a model and I think she paved the way for me.
People can be pretty hard on models. How do you cope?
Everyone thinks it is easy to be a model — just looking pretty all day. They think we lead wild lives. But it is a lot of hard work. I just take the criticism with a pinch of salt, because at the end of the day, if you have thrown yourself in front of people, you are bound to get talked about.
Your greatest challenge in life was losing your dad. What did you learn?
It made me realise that I would have him watching over me, because even after he died, things fell into place for me. My father taught me how to stand on my own feet, and I have been doing that since I was 18. I didn’t fall apart. He gave me strong roots and made me believe in a higher power.
How do you deal with male attention? How can you tell the nice guys apart?
Sometimes I do get it wrong (laughs). But, I think with age you learn to guard yourself and trust a person only after getting to know them for long. I am an introvert that way, so I take time. I do believe in love. It is the small silly things — like when you can’t help giggling, and are happy all the time. I have been in love and it is amazing.
What’s your relationship with your body?
I was a fat child. At the age of 16, I weighed 80 kg. And if I wanted to be a model, I had to lose all the fat. It was a massive struggle. I trained very hard. Now, when I look at myself in the mirror, I feel proud of what I have achieved. I feel amazed that I have sustained this body for so long. I moderate my food and work out because I never want to go back to those days. That was so brutal.
Aastha Atray Banan is Senior Correspondent, Mumbai with Tehelka.