Compiled By Nisha Susan
To cure boredom, we will try anything. Even listen closely to Sarah Jane Dias, a former Miss India and the proud possessor of a three-film contract with Excel Entertainment, the Ritesh Sidwani-Farhan Akhtar outfit. Ms Dias shows promise when she says things like her new achievement, a film with Abhishek Bachchan, was on her bucket list. The thought of Bachchan on a cosmic todo list is lovely. But Sidwani too might yield some joy. After all he explained his casting of young Sarah in his fabulous corporatese — ‘Sarah’s name has good recall value for us because she is a former Miss India.
The new Vishal Bhardwaj movie starring Priyanka Chopra is sounding more and more intriguing. We have been told that Saat Khoon Maaf has seven men opposite Priyanka. The latest tidbit is that two of the seven men are Naseeruddin Shah and his youngest sonVivaan (younger even than the curly-haired enfant Imaad). The others we hear are Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anu Kapoor (ahem!) and perhaps a token Russian.
There was a time when one giggled over the painful excitement about Celina Jaitley and Aishwarya Rai’s ‘big international projects’ but now the story is getting tiresome. Does Frieda Pinto have a career after Slumdog Millionaire? Who knows. But the leaks and subsequent denials that she is the next Bond girl is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Prize Is Right
Dear Samuel Johnson once said that ‘No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.’ We love such pragmatism and we certainly love cash awards for books. In January this year, DSC, the main sponsors of the Jaipur literary festival, had announced a new annual award for South Asian fiction. The award has an eye-popping $50,000 ( approximately Rs 23 lakh) in prize money and a committee that includes such disparate people as Lord Meghnad Desai, Tina Brown and Urvashi Butalia. Beyond this, few details had emerged at the festival. No languid longlist or exciting shortlist. But suddenly this month the buzz is back. Watch this space for more details.
‘I Would Cheat Only For Alessandra Ambrosio!’
By Aastha Atray Banan
Sahil Shroff, Model
What is the one embarrassing thing your parents caught you doing that you wish they hadn’t seen?
I was caught watching pornography in my room!
On a date, what would be a complete dealbreaker?
I like independent women, so I love it if a woman offers to pay — though I would never take up the offer. But when they do not even offer, it really turns me off.
From your own experiences what has emerged as a litmus test for love?
If a person continues to feel the same for you even through your tough times, I think it’s a good sign.
What on-screen persona would you refuse to play on moral grounds?
I would never support a smoking advertisement.
If you had to go back in time and apologise to someone who would it be?
I have cleared my quota of apologies — I am all done saying sorry!
At a premiere, an eminent filmmaker asks you what you thought of his film — which did not live up to your expectations. Are you honest or diplomatic?
I will honestly tell him that I did not like it. I am sure that he will appreciate my honesty.
‘Nothing comes between me and my…’
Your biggest fashion regret?
I tried colouring my hair blonde when I was 16. I ended up with orange hair!
If you were to cheat on your partner, who would it be with?
I would not cheat, but if I really had to, it would be with Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.
If you had to screw over a friend to get a once-in-alifetime job, would you do it?
Never. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did that.