Globalisation now has a new champion—Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The saint of the pop generation was in Thiruvananthapuram last week, inaugurating a seminar on Globalisation and the plight of the Indian farmer. He came in a brand-new, shining Merc, shared the dais with “activist” Vandana Shiva, and also took time off to bless reformer-chief minister A.K. Antony. Surely the irony wasn’t lost on the poor farmers, who of late have been turning to the age-old art of dying.
Starlet Shilpa Shetty’s younger sibling is indeed a chip of the familiar block. You bet, Shamita looked stunning in Mohabbatein, what with those itsy-bitsy clothes and the Khajuraho poses. Looks like she isn’t happy doing all that. Watch out for her next film Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tum Se. And why would we do that? Because Shamita claims it’s “different” (sic), and... there’s a lot of scope for acting. Now, whatever that may mean, we are waiting, still.
It was an afternoon when nobody played miserly with their compliments. The Bar Council of India was felicitating the Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee, for his outstanding achievements. Sorabjee, who was recently honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, was at his usual best—telling friends that he’s still got time for his jazz concerts and those biriyani sessions at his favourite joints. “I am still the same person.”
Heard the other day that our very own Bollywood babe, Manisha Koirala, is “all set” to play a “pivotal” role in a still-in-the-making Hollywood flick. Congratulations, we said. But what we couldn’t digest is the film’s subject. Surprise, surprise. The Titan Finance Group of the US of A is making a film based on the September 11 World Trade Center, and the December 13 Indian Parliament attacks. Pity, now we have love stories inspired by the tragedies?
One has to hand it to Sir Mark Tully. At an age when most are content to rest on their oars, this Calcutta-born India hand is ever looking for newer challenges. This time he’s taking a nostalgic journey along the long GT road that Sher Shah built, linking Peshawar to what later became Calcutta. It would afford him “a unique opportunity to study the socio-economic changes in rural and urban India down the centuries.” Here’s looking forward to what promises to be another major contribution from the Tully repertoire.