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Campus calling

It’s not often that two friends write a book while still in college. And it’s certainly not often that they end up selling 10,000 copies of it. But Durjoy Dutta and Maanvi Ahuja have done just that. They wrote Of Course I Love You…! Till I Find Someone Better while they were both studying in the University of Delhi. The book, published by Shristi, is clearly a big hit with the young — the fourth edition is just out. “The title had to be catchy, otherwise why would anyone pick up our book,” asks 21-year-old Maanvi, who now works in an investment bank in Hyderabad. Was co-authoring with Durjoy, who is at present a design engineer at a multinational company, a difficult task? “No, in fact, we were critics of each other. We didn’t need an outsider to do the job,” says Maanvi. Clearly, the readers agree.

New role

Actors have their own dreams. And quite a few of them aspire to call the shots, rather than follow a script. The latest actor who hopes to cross over is Abhay Deol — Dharmendra’s nephew and the Deol hunks’ cousin. So far known for his emotive roles in films such as Manorama Six Feet Under, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd — and just hit the screens with Oye Lucky Lucky Oye —Abhay says he wants to produce meaningful cinema. So he has gone and launched a production house called Forbidden Films. The name suggests the kind of films that Abhay would be interested in. To start with, he has signed debutant director Atul Sabrawal for a film called Junction. But Abhay makes it clear that producing films doesn’t mean that he is giving up acting. But neither is he going to act in the films that he will produce. Why? Because that’s forbidden.

Sisterly act

The sisters are coming together — to shoot for a film that for the first time features both the Sens, Riya and Raima. The film, Naukadubi, is Rituparno Ghosh’s cinematic adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s work. The roles played by the Sen sisters don’t meet in the Tagore original, but Ghosh has tweaked the plot a bit to bring them face to face. The sisters won’t be together for long, for Riya is off to Hong Kong for a concert. But this is one Bong Connection that promises to endure.

 

Delhi to Dubai

You can take a man out of Delhi, but you can’t take Delhi out of a true-blue Dilliwallah. Take Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. First there was Rang de Basanti — shot with the India Gate as its symbolic backdrop. And now Mehra is all ready with Dilli 6. His new film will be screened at the 5th Dubai International Film Festival next month. The film, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, harks back to Mehra’s childhood days in Chandni Chowk. But Mehra will be surrounded by Mumbai stars at the festival. His leading pair is expected to be there. Preity Zinta will be present too, with her film Heaven on Earth. But keeping Mehra company will be Delhi girl Nandita Das, who will showcase her directorial debut Firaq at the festival. The conversation, no doubt, will be all about Delhi. That’s called capital talk.

Noel and Nigella

It’s no kitchen secret. Indians across the country — and men especially — simply adore her, not to mention the divine dishes she regularly tosses up on TV. What better then than the glad tiding that celebrity chef Nigella Lawson would be tossing up a host of heavenly goodies this festive season for you to savour through Christmas? So catch her on the 10 pm slot on Travel & Living Channel on December 5, 12 and 19 and take notes on how you can make your holidays a truly relishing one. And if you can’t stop at that, there’s also a book-full of her fun recipes, called Nigella Christmas, that’s just been made available by publisher Random House for you to thumb through. Read to eat! And get to know just how Nigella makes love to her food.

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