Vanity Fair


Compiled by Nishita Jha


Golden girl Bipasha Basu  Photo: Getty Images
Golden girl Bipasha Basu Photo: Getty Images

One step At a time

Director Sanjay Gupta has fallen under the sway that Woody Allen referred to as the Golden Age fallacy — the belief that he would have been happier had he belonged to a different era. Obsessed with the idea of getting Bipasha Basu to perform a “pure and palatable” mujra for his latest film, Shootout at Wadala, Gupta has given lyricist Anand Raj Anand references from the songs of Bazaar, Pakeezah andUmrao Jaan.

With that lockdown on references, the words might hit the right key, but how will the subtle “adayein” of a mujra fit? Our Bips can barely bop to hip-hop. We suspect inventing a time machine might just be easier, Sanjay.



Kunal Roy Kapoor
Photo: AFP

Old School Pool

Actor Kunal Roy Kapoor whose tummy troubles in Delhi Belly were good for a bellyful of laughs is going to try and churn your gut a bit differently. For his next venture, the actor-director is working on a horror film, fashioned after Jaws, titled Pool. He hopes it will keep people away from swimming pools this summer. Kapoor is currently auditioning a dozen bikini-bodies for the film. But isn’t that bait?


Sonakshi SinhaOf Boys And Men

Recently, actors and best buddies- on-the-block Ranbir and Shahid Kapoor said they would not like to do films with Sonakshi Sinha because she looks “too old” for them. She may not mind since, given the success of Dabangg and the buzz around Rowdy Rathore, older men are working for Sinha. As for the boys, a quick reminder — the last time Shahid dissed an actress like this post-Kismat Konnection, she went on to make The Dirty Picture.


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Taslima Nasreen 
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Conscience Call

While the National Award for Inshallah, Football came as a pleasant surprise, producer Jaaved Jaaferi isn’t really shouting “score”. After the award ceremony, Jaaferi told reporters he can no longer afford to back conscientious projects because of their lack of commercial success. It’s mildly surprising that Jaaferi remembers what commercial success tastes like, considering the last time we saw him on screen after Boogie Woogie was in a bit role in Salaam Namaste.




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