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Rushdie and Lakshmi boom together

"It was love at first sight," Lakshmi, who plays lead role in Hindujas' financed film Boom, said in an interview to the Evening Standard.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 21:23 IST
Vijaya Sharma/Agencies
Vijaya Sharma/Agencies

The on-and-off romance between author Salman Rushdie and sultry Padma Lakshmi,Bollywood's hottest new face after


,has been the talk of the town, for a while now.

Just two months ago the couple were reported to have parted company, after "trading" insults. But soon they were back again with Padma describing how she fell in love with Rushdie.

Describing her lover Salman Rushdie as a "fabulous conversationalist" and a "great friend," model Padma Lakshmi says she fell in love with the controversial Indian-born novelist at first sight.

"It was love at first sight," Chennai-born US-based model and cookery writer, who plays the lead role in the Hindujas' financed film Boom, said in an interview published in the Evening Standard here last evening.

The reconciliation seems to have come about at the Pen Awards in Manhattan where the author was seen again with Padma. The Indian food-show personality was wearing a dress that "subtly revealed almost everything above her waist".

Saying that she has no doubts about her compatibility with Rushdie, Lakshmi refuted the flurry of rumours that Rushdie dumped her for her being insufficiently intellecual.

"He's a funny man, he's very kind, he is a great writer, a fabulous conversationalist and a really serious and hands-on father. He's a great friend."

Refuting the charge that she was not adequately intellectual, Lakshmi said "I'm an educated woman. If you want to talk to me about the best nail polish I can do that, but if you want to talk about Prout, I can do that too. I don't believe that the two are mutually exclusive."

Currently as we compile the yearender, the relationship was said to be on.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:31 IST