There’s nothing quite like finding creative inspiration at home. Ask Meghna Gulzar, whose new film — Just Married — was released on Friday. The film is about two young people who try to discover each other after an arranged marriage. And Meghna, the daughter of actress Rakhee and director-poet Gulzar — once known for their marital woes — didn’t have to look far to give a dose of authenticity to her film. There is one scene that she says is straight out of her parents’ lives. That’s what’s known as a home truth.
Pradip Krishen is a busy man. While his book on trees of Delhi continues to win accolades, the grapevine has it that there’s more coming out of Krishen’s stable. This time, the film maker — who is also in the midst of a movement to save 1,000 precious trees that will be uprooted if the Delhi government builds a highway through a huge nursery — has been working on the flowers of Delhi. When Krishen first compiled his book on trees, there weren’t too many takers for it. Now moves are afoot to make him work on a series. If the government goes ahead with its plan to axe trees and plants, the books may well be called the history series.
Cat’s got the cream
Until Verghese Kurien brought on the white revolution in Gujarat decades ago, only Arab milkmen were called milk sheikhs. But Kurien, who neither shook nor stirred in his mission to make self-help organisation Amul the multi-crore rupee venture that it is today, has just been awarded the Karmaveer Puraskar for lifetime achievement in the social sector. Conferred by the Indian Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO), the award recognises individuals who have led social change by thinking out of the box. And Kurien, needless to say, stands out on that front, given that he has changed the way India drinks its glassful of milk today. Utterly, butterly... congratulations!
He already enjoys demigod status. Now he will be a comic book superhero called, but what else, Sachin, the Master Blaster. Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation, the comic publishing company set up by British billionaire Richard Branson, spiritual author Deepak Chopra and director Shekhar Kapur, has tied up with willow maestro Sachin Tendulkar to appear in a monthly stylised cartoon series to be launched this year. Suresh Seetharaman, the Bangalore-based president of the company, says that the book apart, there will also be a games and animation series on their newly signed-on international achiever.
Return of the poet
Almost 130 years after her death, Toru Dutt is back in the news again. The author of the first French book ever written by an Indian is being honoured at the International Francophony Festival of 2007. The celebrations in Delhi included a discussion on Le Journal de Mademoiselle d’Arvers, published in 1879 from Paris. The French novel was translated into English by N. Kamala, a professor of French at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and published by Penguin two years ago. But lovers of literature have to thank her late father for the book, which he unearthed after the death of his 21-year-old daughter. Words, as they say, live on.