Artiste at work; Cause and boss; Play paean; Eastward ho!; Bong song

Artiste at work Cause and boss Play paean Eastward ho! Bong song

  • Published 20.09.15

Artiste at work

You know he can act, dance and direct. Do you know that he can - if he wished to - work as a make-up artist, too? Believe us, there's nothing that Kamal Haasan can't do. One day, during the shoot of his new film Thoongavanam (The jungle that never sleeps), the make-up man failed to turn up. And Haasan, who takes a keen interest in prosthetics, rolled up his sleeve and did the make-up for the cast, which includes Prakash Raj and the winsome Trisha. The trailer of the film - where Haasan plays a cop - is just out. He's tireless in his films, and clearly tireless otherwise, too. This, indeed, is one hero who never sleeps.

Cause and boss

Some questions need questioning. Why, for instance, would one want to look at early disasters in a boss's life? But clearly it was a subject that troubled P. Raghavendra Rau, professor of finance at the University of Cambridge. He, along with co-authors Vineet Bhagwat and Gennaro Bernile, came up with a paper called "What doesn't kill you will only make you more risk-loving: early-life disasters and CEO behaviour". The paper discovered that CEOs who had experienced disasters first-hand were more likely to take risks when they ran a company. And guess what? The paper won the Ig Nobel Prize - which seeks to honour people who have tried to answer questions that nobody really cares about in the first place - at a ceremony in Harvard earlier this week. The prize money was 10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, which amounts to nothing. Way to go, fellow Indians!

Play paean

Let's remember Aruna Shanbaug ( in pic), the Mumbai nurse who died four months ago after spending 42 years in a hospital bed following a violent sexual attack on her. A play called Aruna's Story, by writer Pinki Virani, will be staged at the India Habitat Centre this month. Virani, who moved court asking for euthanasia for Aruna, has written a heart-rending tale of Aruna's life. For her, it's a tribute to a friend. For the audience, it will be homage to a brave spirit.

Eastward ho!

Swastika Mukherjee is packing her bags - all ready to accompany director Dibakar Banerjee to China. Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! will be screened at the second Silk Road International Film Festival in Fuzhou on September 23. "It's a great honour to have a gala premiere there. Apart from this, the five-day festival will also screen my film Shanghai," the director says. No doubt, it's Hindi-Chini, hi, hi!

Bong song

Here's to Calcutta boy Rahul Pandey, who will be out with his first English single album - in collaboration with a Swiss songwriter - next month. The singer says that he prepared himself for a period of struggle after quitting a corporate job for a career in playback singing. "Months before quitting, I shifted to a cramped apartment, started walking more and ate food from roadside eateries to save money. Finally it seems to have paid off," the 29-year-old says. Having sung in films such as Happy Ending, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and the latest chart buster from Hero, Pandey is now planning to collaborate with indie musicians. "I am also keen to sing for some Bangla films. I know the language well enough," he says. Pandey, it seems, has finally hit the right chord.