Batting for Earth
The most unlikely face of the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2015 campaign is the hirsute actor Arjun Kapoor. This is the second time that Kapoor has pledged his support to Earth Hour, an environmental campaign that not only asks that people switch off their appliances and lights (for one hour, between 8.30 pm-9.30 pm on March 28), but also encourages people to “explore and adopt a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle by embracing renewable energy solutions”. The first step might be for Bollywood stars to give up their gas-guzzling SUVs.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha became an unexpected hit, with its delightful story of a small town arranged marriage between a seemingly odd couple. The success gave Ayushmann Khurrana a much-needed boost after the debacle of Hawaizaada and saw the introduction of Bhumi Pednekar, the anti-thesis of the size zero brigade. But where did director Sharat Katariya get the idea of including a sporting event, where husbands carry wives across an obstacle course? It seems it came to him while watching TV in Finland where they have such a sport, called ‘wife carrying’! For those who have not seen the film, this event brings the estranged couple closer and helps them discover love and mutual respect.
Minissha to marry?
After disappearing from the big screen, Minissha Lamba, the Bachna Ae Haseeno and Shaurya actress, appeared briefly this year on the reality TV show Bigg Boss. She didn’t make it very far, but she did leave having shed a few ungainly kilos. Since then, she has only been seen on social media and in a jewellery brand’s advertising campaign. While her professional life may have hit the skids, her personal life seems to be on the right track. Lamba has been dating restaurateur and nightclub promoter Ryan Tham for sometime now. As seen on a social media site, Lamba recently hosted her co-contestants from Bigg Boss, Karishma Tanna and Upen Patel, at her boyfriend’s restobar in Mumbai. The inner circle has long been waiting for news of her marriage plans and the buzz is getting louder that this happy event might not be too far off.
Route to success
Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With a Straw is set to release next month. Starring Kalki Koechlin as Laila, a girl with cerebral palsy who is confined to a wheelchair. Laila’s world opens up when she enrols at NYU where she meets Khanum. Now, while much is known about Kalki and the film, here is some information on Sayani Gupta who plays Khanum. From Kolkata and then Delhi, with a background in
theatre and the performing arts, Gupta got her movie break in Mumbai with Second Marriage dot com and was noticed for her work in Bengali film Tasher Desh. But Margarita, With A Straw will be her first major release, in which she plays a feisty young activist from New York who also happens to be blind. After this, Gupta will be seen in a number of films including Parched, Jagga Jasoos and Tathagat.
I recently heard about discord among a certain group of Bollywood filmmakers when a critically-acclaimed filmmaker colleague, known for his offbeat oeuvre, was found to be taking credit for the work of technicians and colleagues on films that he has been associated with. Not only has he been claiming credit for their work, but he has also allegedly been undermining their abilities to other filmmakers. When the director realised he was about to be exposed, he apparently tried some rapid evasive action, which only revealed his guilt further. His lack of generosity has led to some colleagues taking a stand against him by withholding support for his latest film.