The season of love and love lost in Celebland is turning out to be hotter than a Delhi summer. Here you have Shahid Kapur rushing to the side of his ‘good friend’ Priyanka Chopra in sickness and in health; there you have long-time partners Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia coldly vowing to remain friends.
Here you see Freida Pinto’s head nestling against Dev Patel’s shoulder; there you see Deepika Padukone exploding like a malfunctioning anar on hearing of Ranbir Kapoor’s naughty night out.
Priyanka maintains that she is single, but actor Gerard Butler, a friend, let it slip that he might have hooked up with her, but she “already has a boyfriend”. Shahid, with parents in tow, visited Priyanka in hospital after her recent fainting spell. Later, the Kaminay co-stars arrived at Dostana director Tarun Mansukhani’s party in the same car, though choosing not to even look at each other as the cameras flashed. Oh, whatever.
Elsewhere, the maybe-maybe not romance of Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto was more or less confirmed when Dev’s mother Anita told 'The Mirror' in UK that she was very pleased with this relationship. “Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her,” Anita was quoted as saying.
Unlucky in love
The buzz around the Preity-Ness break-up became very strong when a Mumbai paper reported that Preity, who is in South Africa, had circulated a mail to her IPL players, saying she and Ness are ‘business partners’. Preity has denied this, but according to a source from the team, their interaction is now limited to “discussing teams and the game, and that’s about it”.
The source reveals that they are not even staying at the same hotel. In TV footage, the two are seen walking a foot apart, their body language that of love gone thanda. A news channel has quoted Ness as saying, “We will remain good friends.”
No such thing for Deepika and Ranbir, it seems. A source close to the couple told HT City that Deepika has temporarily shifted to her ex Nihar Pandya’s flat.
Apparently, matters came to a head when Deepika wanted Ranbir to attend a party with her. He refused, but was later seen partying with Sonam the same night. Another time, Ranbir was living it up with Katrina in Goa during the shoot of Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani, and Deepika followed him there, says our source. Deepika’s manager dismisses all this as “just rumours”.
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