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Sunday , July 11 , 2010
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Love, again

Could Viveik Oberoi have found love again? Oberoi, whose career and love life went into a tailspin after his break-up with Aishwarya Rai, may finally be getting over his rough patch. At least so far as his amours are concerned. At the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Sri Lanka last month, the actor was seen cosying up to Jacqueline Fernandez, former Miss Sri Lanka and current Bollywood wannabe. Incidentally, Oberoi’s bete noire Salman Khan was also at the IIFA awards but the two kept strictly off each other’s paths. But, hey, isn’t it time they forgot old enmities? After all, both loved and lost the same girl!

Star power

Infosys founder Narayan Murthy and his wife have discovered the power of celluloid. First, Sudha Murthy acted in a Kannada film. And now the IT czar himself is going to don the greasepaint. Murthy is going to feature in a film titled India by Song, where he plays, thankfully, himself. The movie — which is in the format of a road journey across the country — also features other luminaries such as historian Romila Thapar, former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, and actresses Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai. In the movie, Murthy will do what he does best in real life — talk socio-economics. He will be seen giving an interview on how Indians thrive best amidst chaos. Murthy could probably write his own script for this one.

Book bug

The last time he wrote a book, Jaswant Singh got into serious trouble. But clearly that hasn’t cured the BJP elder of the book-writing bug. Singh, who was expelled from the BJP because of the book he wrote on M.A. Jinnah — and recently welcomed back into the party fold — is now working on a biography of another sub-continental stalwart, C. Rajagopalachari. Named C. Rajagopalachari: A Life, the book will be released in January next year. So should one expect another bout of fireworks? Maybe. But this time the Congress — and not his own party — could be the one to throw a mighty fit. For Rajagopalachari, the first Indian governor general of independent India and known as the “conscience keeper” of Mahatma Gandhi, went on to become a bitter critic of Jawaharlal Nehru and his policies. Well, you can’t expect Singh to write a book and not create a flutter.

Diet guru

Seems it’s not just Saif Ali Khan who hangs on to every word and action of the beauteous Bebo. On the sets of Milenge Milenge, a film which released this week, Kareena Kapoor made another conquest. She bonded so well with costar Delnaaz Paul that the latter became her firm follower. It was perhaps their love for food that made the two gel really well and the two were often seen gorging on plates of kebabs. But then Kapoor turned vegetarian halfway through the shooting of the film, and Paul, her acolyte, immediately followed suit. “Though I love my chicken dhansak, I emulated Kareena by becoming vegetarian. My next goal is to follow Kareena all the way to size zero!” gushes Paul. How sweet.

Dinner winner

Chunky Pandey is full of surprises. Chunky who, did you say? Now, you may have forgotten the one time Bollywood hunk, but get this — the man keeps seriously cool company. On his recent stay at the Beverly Wilshire (better known as the hotel where Pretty Woman was shot) in Beverly Hills, the yesteryear actor and his wife dined with Iron Man star Robert Downey Junior. The dinner that was arranged as part of a promotional event saw the two actors sharing their love for glares and much more. Apparently, Pandey told Downey that the Hollywood star was very popular in India (really?) and even tried to convince him to work in a Hindi film. Well, if Sylvester Stallone could put in an appearance in Kambakkht Ishq, who’s to say Robert Downey Junior won’t say namaste Bollywood?

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