24 November, 2020

External Affairs

Has just-divorced actor Aamir Khan sprung for an English rose?

External Affairs
He's India's hottest star, with global ambitions after the blockbuster success of home production Lagaan. She's a lowprofile film researcher from London who's besotted with Bollywood. And if the buzz is to be believed, the recently-divorced 38-year-old Khan and thirty-something Hines are an item.

The Khan-Hines romance has become the biggest talking point in Bollywood these days. Who is this young woman who's fallen for the boyish charms of Khan? His 17-year-old marriage to Reena had survived the Mamta Kulkarnis, Pooja Bhatts, Twinkle Khannas and Juhi Chawlas. So how did an expatriate film researcher manage to wriggle her way into the actor's busy life?

A "blonde and bouncy" woman is how someone who knows Hines describes her. She's studied religion at London's School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and some seven years ago, she also took a course called 'Cinema and Society in India' with Rachel Dwyer, filmmaker Yash Chopra's biographer. "I became completed obsessed with Indian cinema," Hines told an interviewer recently. "I changed my course around." She...


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