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IIFA up close and personal…

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

Some people have all the luck. I mean imagine flying to Macau to cover the IIFA Awards as part of your job! (I guess I shouldn’t complain my life is pretty awesome too but still. Macau!) So my Twitter buddy @ankitv (who describes himself as a mortal/non-chronological creature/TV presenter/dreamer/adrenaline junkie/wildlife enthusiast/amateur photographer/storyteller and is an anchor and correspondent for CNBC TV18) has very kindly let me hijack photos from his Facebook to share with you. Check it out!

P.S. Who wants to tell Aishwariya that she may have gone a tad overboard on the make up? And I lovelovelove Lara new haircut, she looks absolutely fab and pixie like. Must be love eh Dino?



Sushmita Sen

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Abhishek & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Larra Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Dino Morea

Dino Morea

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan and his wax replica

Amitabh and Aisw Bachchan

Amitabh and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor

Anushka Sharma

Anoushka Sharma

Raveena Tandon

Suchitra Pillai and Raveena Tandon




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Talking ’bout my Generation.

Have you heard? Apparently Aishwarya Bachchan is so not happy with Sonam Kapoor’s “generation comment” that she’s actually got the brand to axe her from walking the red carpet at Cannes tomorrow for the international cosmetics brand L’Oreal which they both endorse.

Here’s what happened; on May 10, while attending the brand’s event in Mumbai, Sonam Kapoor was welcomed as the youngest member to join the brand’s dream team and made an unfortunate remark about Aishwarya not being from her generation. Now I can’t imagine that she was looking to pick a fight with Bollywood’s queen bee but anybody who’s hoping to be somebody must know that steering clear of comments to do with which decade a diva belongs to is probably the wisest choice.

In fact a source close to Aishwarya goes as far as to say, “Sonam was signed in December 2008 as ambassador for the brand in India and not as part of the international dream team. And so, she will not do the carpet honours at Cannes for the brand. Ash will walk the red carpet with the brand’s dream team, including Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Yeoh. Aishwarya got to know Sonam was coming when she reached Cannes. But Sonam has not been invited by the brand but is there with her father Anil Kapoor as a visitor.”

While the brand spokesperson remained unavailable for comment, a source close to Sonam says, “At the Cannes festival press conference, Aishwarya called Sonam’s statements juvenile and irresponsible.” Ouch.

Obviously Sonam is in shock at the belligerent reaction from the usually collected Rai. Sonam’s friend adds, “Sonam can’t understand why Ash is so upset with her and is bitching her out everywhere. Sonam feels that Aishwarya is doing some great films in spite of being 35 years old and that Sonam is too small for someone’s of Aishwarya’s stature. It’s very childish of Aishwarya to react like this.”

(There you go again bringing up the age thing. Sonam tell your friends to stop helping you. They really aren’t!)

My verdict: Sonam Kapoor commenting on Aishwarya’s – age brave, but stupid. I’m also guessing Miss Kapoor will be bagging no more starring roles opposite the hubby Abhishek Bachchan after having co-starred with him in Delhi 6.

Now while I’m usually all for the underdog in these situations I have to say I’m actually ok with Aishwariya’s reaction. I mean why would anyone so dedicatedly find their way to the top and not be prepared to push back when faced with an insinuation that perhaps they may have passed their peak? You must be joking. (Cat fights across the globe have broken out over much less!)

Moral of the story Sonam sometimes, even if you think it, its probably better not to say it especially at a press conference (dear lord.) Perhaps she could have taken a diplomacy cue from the adorable new Genelia D’Souza who’s manages to replace both Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee without ruffling any feathers that I’ve heard of so far.

Of course faced with Aishwarya’s determined stand (aka I’ll show you missy) the company had no option but to inform Sonam that she will no longer be walking the red carpet in Cannes during the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s latest film Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz, another ambassador for the brand. Vismay Shama, India head of the brand, refused to throw light on the matter. He said, “We will release an official statement only tomorrow morning. Till then you will have to wait.” Sonam’s spokesperson Monica Bhattacharya said, “The brand has promised to issue a statement tomorrow morning and we would like to allow them the privilege of doing so.” But sources confirm that the sprightly young actress is obviously gutted.

Judging by that rather raw and puppy-like performance I’m guessing the bosses over at L’Oreal are confident about who’s really “worth it.”

Good thing she’s got time on her side eh? I’m sure she’ll get over it.

P.S. Gen Next has clearly taken Sonam’s red carpet casualty pretty serious like and started a Facebook group (how very new age of them!) called Go For It Sonam!!!! to garner support.


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Slumdog Sweethearts

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel

Ironically the first time I actually do believe the “just friends” shpeil it turns out I’m totally wrong! This just in; Slumdog Millionaire on-screen sweethearts Dev Patel and Freida Pinto just couldn’t keep their real-life romance under wraps. (Although in their defense they probably didn’t expect to be spotted kissing over dinner in a restaurant in Israel.) Dev reportedly jetted to Tel Aviv, Israel to visit Freida on the set of her new movie “Miral” and the two were later caught sharing a kiss during a romantic dinner. Awwwww.

Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Anil Kapoor

Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Anil Kapoor

The couple who played childhood sweethearts in the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, have often dismissed rumours about them dating for real (even after their co-star Anil Kapoor hinted that perhaps they were romantically involved.) Anil Kapoor (who I would never have taken to be much of a gossip but how cute) had previously commented, “When I meet them I feel there is something happening. (I think) this is the beginning of something exciting happening. They definitely make a great pair. Both of them look very good together.” 24-year-old Freida of course insisted, “We’re not dating,” which the 18-year-old Patel confirmed, “No, we’re not seeing each other.”

And for those of you gawking at the age gap I’ll have you know:

Sunil Dutt was 5 years younger than Nargis.

The 15-year gap between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore raises eyebrows, but that’s about the same age difference as Geena Davis and her fourth husband, Dr. Reeza Jarrahy. They married in 2001.

Sachin Tendulkar is 5 years younger than his wife Anjali.

Construction worker Larry Fortensky wasn’t yet born when Elizabeth Taylor first married. Taylor met hubby No. 8 while they were in rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic. She was 59, 20 years older than him, when they married at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh

Funnily enough though, in October 1991 a small news snippet appeared mentioning the sudden marriage of  Saif Ali Khan, aged 21, and starlet Amrita Singh, aged 26. A second story appeared in almost every publication years later about their divorce. Saif, at the time of their separation in 2004, was 34 and Amrita was 46. (I know marriage can age you but that’s a bit much!)


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