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Mallika not welcome at Guru premiere

Mallika Sherawat and Vidya Balan have purportedly not been invited for the premier of Guru in Toronto.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 19:04 IST

Invites are being readied for the premiere of Mani Ratnam’s Guru in Toronto, Canada, and Mallika Sherawatand Vidya Balan are apparently not on the list.

A source associated with Guru, which stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and R Madhavan, said, “Aishwarya doesn’t want Mallika to steal all the attention with her publicity gimmicks. That’s why Mallika wasn’t present at the film’s music launch either.”

The film’s world premiere is on January 11 at Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, where most Hollywood films open. The man behind the show is Canada-based Indian, Roger Nair, who has acquired the Canadian rights of the film from
Bobby Bedi’s Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

Rai’s troubles with Sherawat began a couple of years ago when the latter said, “Let Aishwarya Rai cover her face first, then I’ll cover my body.”

Then Sherawat threatened she would overshadow Rai at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival,where the two were promoting their films, The Myth and Provoked respectively.

“Mallika has a sharp mouth and knows how to attract attention, even when she’s not saying much, just with her costumes and her attitude,” the source said.

As for Balan, Rai had reportedly snubbed her during the shooting of Guru.

Padam Kumar, COO, India, of Roger Nair Productions, said, “Mallika and Vidya are not on the list. More names will be added in the next two days. Mani Ratnam and Bobby Bedi will be the best people to answer this question.”

Bedi said, “Vidya is shooting for Hey Baby in Australia. I spoke to her three days ago when she was in Mumbai and we’re trying to get her to be there at the premiere. Aishwarya wouldn’t do something like this. As for Mallika, I
don’t know as of today. I can tell you for sure only on Tuesday.”

HT Style tried contacting Ratnam and Hari Singh, Rai’s business manager — both did not answer or return our calls and text messages.

First Published: Dec 26, 2006 08:30 IST