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Interview in a metro

On the tube, I saw four Asians turned to the same left hand page of the London Metro paper. Curious, I did the same and smiled — a full-page interview of Akshay Kumar on his latest release (now, cropper) Chandni Chowk To China, writes Tanuj Garg.

entertainment Updated: Jan 23, 2009 11:35 IST
Tanuj Garg

On the tube, I saw four Asians turned to the same left hand page of the London Metro paper. Curious, I did the same and smiled — a full-page interview of Akshay Kumar on his latest release (now, cropper) Chandni Chowk To China.

I must admit that I felt proud of him, but for a minute only because I’ve never seen an Indian face on that page before.

When asked what the difference was between a Hollywood and Bollywood film, he simplified it wonderfully, “Hollywood is very subtle. In Bollywood, we dance on bridges, we open our arms and then we sing a song when we’re in love.”

And while Hollywood must smile at our man’s candid remarks, I wonder how Warners reacted on reading Kumar’s next whopper, “I liked the title and agreed to do the film on the basis of the poster” — must have been some culture shock for the seemingly ‘bound script’ norm of the West!

Jade story
Like other things, Jade Goody has no qualms about revealing her bald pate, after the rigorous chemotherapy she’s been through. After being labelled Britain’s most hated woman, the mother of three has become the darling of the nation.
She has had a documentary made on her illness and poses for shutterbugs on a regular basis.

You feel sorry for what she’s going through but wonder at what point in her life will she stop treating the media as
confidante and best mate!

Stowe away
On the flight to London (sorry, not Kingfisher Airlines), I was impressed by a piece on Dr Vijay Mallya in the British GQ. Two brilliant pictures (take a bow, Sam Barker) of the tycoon in the back garden of Stowe Castle, his newly purchased British residence near Milton Keynes, complemented an interview that may seem arrogant to some but inspirational to others — “I am a guy who is used to double digits. I will make serious money from Formula One — that’s my vision.”

Party time
Sorry to be a party pooper but wasn’t the Obama-nia in the week gone by, incredibly over the top? And I don’t even live in the US to feel this way. There is no doubt the Prez is charismatic and that Americans have their hopes pinned on him, but they must realise that he isn’t going to save them before the end of the week. So much for the recessionary climate — spending $ 45 million (or was it more?).