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Sachin Tendulkar gets Waxed!

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Looks like our little master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is about to get his very own wax statue at Madame Tussaud’s on Monday, 13th April at 4.00 pm at Taj Lands End. (How’s this for two firsts; Sachin will be the first Indian sports personality to have his likeness built in wax and this is the first time a Madame Tussauds figure has ever been launched overseas.) His figure, which has taken three months to create, is in typical celebratory “on the pitch” pose dressed in his cricket whites which he himself donated.

Sachin’s wax figure will be placed next to other cricket legends like West Indian Brain Lara and Australian Shane Warne. Other Indian personalities to be portrayed at the museum include Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan.

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Miss India 2009

Femina Miss India 2009

Psst, tomorrow I’m going to get a sneak preview of  the next crop of wannabe Miss India’s at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. Watch this space for pictures of the new PYT’s and Bollywood’s generation next.

Reita Faria

Reita Faria

Madhu Sapre

Madhu Sapre

Flashback to 1966: Reita Faria, a young medical student from Mumbai, created history by becoming the first Indian to be crowned Miss World. However, it took almost twenty-six years for another Indian to win at an international beauty pageant. The turning point for the Femina Miss India pageant was when Madhu Sapre was selected the second runner-up at the Miss Universe contest in 1992. After she almost missed the Miss Universe crown that year, a lot more planning was put into the competition. And so began the complex industry of “How to be a Miss India 101.”

Pooja Chitkopekar, Sarah Jane Dias and Puja Gupta

Miss India 2007: Pooja Chitkopekar, Sarah Jane Dias and Puja Gupta

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

Evidently it works. In 1994, we witnessed the twin triumphs of Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai, who were crowned Miss Universe and Miss World, respectively. Since then, there have been an array of winsome beauties from India winning international titles: Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997, Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999, Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, and Diya Mirza, who scored a hat-trick for India, by winning the Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 title.

What do all these ladies have in common (apart from the short-lived desire for world peace and ending poverty for the duration of the pageant) is the fact that every single one has made a B line for Bollywood (hey maybe that’s why they call it a “B” line.)

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Bollywood Bichoos

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan

Two of Bollywood’s hot properties celebrated their birthday’s this weekend. Aishwarya Rai turned 35 on Saturday November 1st, and Shah Rukh Khan turned 43 on November 2nd. While Aish spent her milestone birthday in the wilderness with hubby Abhishek Bachchan (where she’s shooting for Mani Ratnam’s film) gushing about how beautiful her life is (which, in fact, you can’t argue with, it is quite the life!)

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh meanwhile clambered up his fortress Mannat’s walls to give his fans a glimpse on his big day. He also attended Farhan’s Rock On for Humanity (in aid of children who were victims of the Bihar floods) on Friday and told an ecstatic crowd, “On my birthday, I will be turning 21 years old. So, I am very much a youngster like all of you lovely people here who have pledged to support this great cause.”

Now everyone who’s ever wanted to be anyone would beg, borrow or steal for an invitation to this star studded extravaganza of the year organised by Gauri Khan. Clearly the guest list was restricted to the creme de la creme of Bollywood A-listers. Although invited Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan were out of town, as were Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone there was more than enough filmy glitz to go around with the likes of Farhan Akhtar, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu, Arjun & Meher Rampal, Sajid Khan, Karan Johar, Neelam, and Chunky Pandey. The only guest everyone was surprised to see was Vivek Oberoi (I guess he’s finally made the cut) besides everyone knows he’s Salman Khan’s public enemy # 1! The party was held on the terrace of the new building behind Mannat, needless to say there was a feast laid out – fairy lights and all!

Josh Movie Poster

Josh Movie Poster

Trivia: Aish & Shah Rukh played siblings in a movie called Josh where Shah Rukh is the leader of the “eagles” a rival gang to the “Bichoos.” “Bichoo” means Scorpion, which is what your zodiac sign would be if you were born between Oct 23rd – Nov 22nd!

Other November borns include: Nov 1: Padmini Kolhapure, Nov 2: Esha Deol, Anu Malik, Nov 4: Tabu, Nov 9: Payal Rohatgi Nov 13: Juhi Chawla 19 Nov: Zeenat Aman, 21 Nov Helen, Nov 22 Saroj Khan

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