Like every year, we’ve had an eventful year. We take you through some of our biggest highlights (er, bloopers)
"I met Kunal Khemu for an interview. He was running late, so being the gentleman that he is, he let me chill in his vanity van. He even sent someone with chai, biscuits and a message that I could sleep there if I wanted to. And I did, for 15 minutes, before I was woken up by the man himself. He smiled and I gushed!"
If Amrah Ashraf wasn’t as stunning as she is, none of this would have happened.
"While working on a story on nightlife in Delhi in the ’90s, I called Jaaved Jaffrey’s publicist. Except, there was some inexplicable mix-up, I called a wrong number (the caller tune was Pehla Nasha) and asked why she never connected me to Javed. After a few minutes of stunned silence, she calmly asked, "Who do you think you are talking to? This is Pooja Bedi." A bomb dropped on me. I apologised at least 13 times. Thankfully, she took it in her stride."
Murphy’s Law is consistently applicable to Yashica Dutt
I was scheduled to interview an ‘upcoming’ star. I got a message from his manager to meet him in room number so-and-so. When the door opened, I said, "Hi, I’m Veenu Singh and you must be the manager." He smiled and said, "Ma’am, I am that young chap hoping to be labelled a star by people like you soon!"
Veenu Singh meets so many stars, she forgets their faces
I interviewed indie filmmaker Ajay Bahl for an hour on the telephone for a cover story. And then, the office boy decided to clean my desk and throw out all the “trash”. So I had to call Ajay all over again and ask him the same questions, while he gave me the same answers again. Some deja vu!"
Parul Khanna keeps losing weight. Recently, she lost a ton of weight. Oh, and most filmmakers adore her
"Overheard during production: "How about we let these half-finished pages go to press and ask readers to complete the text and fill in the photo captions? We’ll call it the Brunch Activity Book."
Unfortunately, true genius is never appreciated, and so we sit in office till the crack of dawn week after week, finishing every page when it could all be so simple.
From HT Brunch, December 31
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