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Bollywood's newest toy

tech reviews Updated: Jun 03, 2010 00:33 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra has tweeted about it. Amitabh Bachchan has blogged about it. AR Rahman and Lara Dutta are getting used to it. Since its launch two months ago, two million people have purchased Apple iPad, the computer tablet on which you can send e-mails, browse the net, watch movies and even read the newspaper.

As it is still to debut in India, Bollywood stars are buying the iPad abroad or, better still, getting it as a gift. After sister Shweta Nanda presented one to Abhishek Bachchan, dad Amitabh blogged, “He (Abhishek) has spent the entire day sorting out the gadget. Now, I have pestered the daughter to get me my b’day gift in advance.”

On May 27, Priyanka tweeted, “Finally opened my iPad.” By next day her tweet was: “Me n my iPad.. we’re inseparable.” Deepika Padukone and Neil Nitin Mukesh were gifted iPads by producer Pradeep Sarkar after wrapping up his film Lafangey Parindey. “I was thinking of buying it but I got it as a gift,” Deepika said. The first actor to announce her ownership of the tablet, Mallika Sherawat, tweeted on April 4: “Just got an iPad! :) I love it!” Earlier this week Manyata Dutt thanked hubby Sanjay Dutt on Twitter, writing, “Got my iPad. Thanks muna for gifting me one.”

Last week, when AR Rahman landed in New York for his concert, his entourage headed straight to an Apple store to get not one, but eight iPads.