The Telegraph
| Sunday, October 27, 2013 |



Net loss

For all its manifold benefits, one never knows when the Internet will turn hostile on you. Ask filmmaker Shekhar Kapur whose email account got hacked recently. Kapur tweeted what had happened and warned people about any suspicious emails from him — as they might contain a virus. The upshot was that Google blocked his email account for 24 hours. While this may have been just a safety measure, speculation was rife on Twitter that Kapur had been targeted because of his hard-hitting TV show, Pradhan Mantri. However, Kapur himself is confident that the government "would not stoop so low". Good to know that he doesn't share the masses' cynicism about the government.

Dance draw

Goura Prema is a name you might like to make a note of. A finalist on last season's India's Got Talent show on TV, Prema has now come up with an innovative dance show called Bhumi which will debut in Delhi next week. "Bhumi is an aesthetic dance drama that will highlight the relationship between Mother Earth and her inhabitants. It will also touch upon environmental issues in India," says Prema, who is a US-citizen and has won several international awards in India and abroad. "I owe everything to India. Being a finalist on India's Got Talent gave me the confidence to come back with such a large show," she says. And the show is certainly going to be a grand affair — given that designers like Manish Arora, Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani are involved with its production and costume designing. This one promises to be a stunner.

Hair hope

Tollywood actress Koneenica Banerjee has found a new hobby. And it's — you'll never guess this one — hair cutting and styling! No, she didn't attend a special hair dressing course before she started snipping. It seems she is a natural born hair cutter and styler — as was evident when she took her scissors to fellow Bigg Boss participants Vikram and Nandini's hair. "I never knew I was so good at it. But after cutting Vikram and Nandini's hair I am confident of my skill. In fact, I feel like learning professional hair styling now," says Banerjee, whose latest film Onyo Na opened in theatres this weekend. Who knows, Tollywood may soon have its own Adhuna Akhtar — Farhan Akhtar's wife who's the Hindi film industry's fave hair stylist. When Bolly shows the way, can Tolly be far behind?

Partition pain

Tisca Chopra is on a high. After wowing the Mumbai International Film Festival, Chopra (of Tare Zameen Par fame) is set to win hearts at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Film Festival, that's focusing on 100 years of Indian cinema. On show is her off-beat Punjabi film, Qissa. Starring Irrfan Khan, the Indo-German collaboration revolves around a family caught up in the throes of Partition. She relates to the film intensely, she says, as her grandparents suffered the aftershocks of Partition. With Qissa being pitched as a content-driven film which reflects how Indian cinema has come into its own over the past century, Chopra's own "qissa" looks set to go places.

Fatima's fiction

Her memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, had won her rave reviews. This time, Fatima Bhutto, niece of two-time Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has looked beyond her family's violent history of executions and assassinations. In India to promote her first work of fiction, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, the glamorous Bhutto girl describes her book as a "politico-religious thriller" based in the troubled tribal belt of Waziristan, close to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. The story, "full of emotion and heartbreak", is about three brothers trying to live and love in a world torn by strife. That has prompted some to say that Bhutto is trying to follow in the footsteps of her highly successful Afghan compatriot, Khaled Hosseini. Well, who doesn't want to cash in on a winning formula?