The Telegraph
| Sunday, January 26, 2014 |



Past blast

Getting together with old friends is always replete with nostalgia. It's also a lot of fun. Ask southern star Mohanlal, who recently hosted a beach party with a Hawaiian theme for all his co-stars of the 1980s. The stars from that era turned up at his Chennai beach house — minus spouses — duly attired in Hawaiian gear. We hear that everyone had a blast and let their hair down, including the usually reserved Boss Man Rajinikanth. Nice gesture, Mohanlal.


Solo flight

He is the only Indian among the recipients of the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for 2014. But that doesn't mean Neeraj Ghaywan is resting on his laurels. After winning the award for his script Fly Away Solo (Ud Jaayega), Ghaywan is now planning to make a film based on that script. Although the actors are yet to be finalised, he hopes that the film will go on the floors soon. Earlier, Ghaywan had won several awards for his short film Shor and has also worked with Anurag Kashyap in Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly as an assistant director. Clearly, it's time for him to fly solo.


Boat art

Fans of Subodh Gupta can look forward to a treat. A retrospective of the artist titled Everything is Inside opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi last week. It showcases many fine examples of Gupta's installation art from the last 20 years. Among the more famous works on view is an installation titled All in the Same Boat, where a traditional Kerala fishing boat is filled to the brim with utensils and electric fans. The show is on till March 16.


On song

It's nice to be a young and successful actress. It's nicer when you know that you are a budding singer too. Alia Bhatt made headlines by singing a song for A.R. Rehman in Imtiaz Ali's film Highway recently. Now, enthused by Rehman's encouragement, Bhatt has decided to take up music a little more seriously. Rumour has it that the Oscar-winning composer told her that with practice, she could think of cutting a music album in a couple of years. So Bhatt has decided to take up piano lessons for starters. One doesn't quite get how that will help her train her voice, but, heck, it's all to do with music, don't you see? So Priyanka Chopra and others who fancy a musical career along with acting, had better watch it. Alia Bhatt is the new kid on that block.


Pet cause

Amy Jackson's Bollywood career may not have taken off, but the British actress manages to reinvent herself again and again. First, she moved to the South and tasted success with her Telugu film Yevadu. Now, the lady has become a champion of strays. Dressed as an "angel", the pretty Ms Jackson has posed for the latest PETA advert with her cat, Alfie, which she rescued from the streets of Mumbai. Another publicity stunt? Not so, says Jackson. Apparently, she is an animal lover, having spent a lot of her childhood in the company of horses as her mother was a professional show jumper in England. In fact, she has often pleaded with southern directors to include scenes of her riding horses. That's just her way of "riding" to fame.