by Shalini Singh
Seventeen-year-old twins Suresh and Jyoti Guptara are
all set to claim literary fame a day before they turn 18 next month.
On November 21, the British-Indian duo will see the release of their
jointly-written debut novel, Conspiracy of Calaspia, the first
in the brothers’ Insanity series and already being hailed as being
up there in Lord of the Rings league. The brothers, who attended
the recently-concluded book fair in Frankfurt, are clearly excited,
“It’s a surreal but fantastic experience,” says Jyoti
who, incidentally, is also the youngest person ever to be published
by The Wall Street Journal — something he managed when
he was 15. Great going, guys; just hope there’s no Kaavya-style
crash-and-burn waiting to happen.
It’s said that the only way to a Bengali’s heart is through
his taste buds. And that appears to be what Sushmita Sen
plans to do. The zindaggi rocker has apparently taken quite
a dip down the Kolkata popularity charts — a recent poll saw Sen,
with a mere seven percent of the votes, trailing far behind Saurav Ganguly
(38 percent) and Amartya Sen (23 percent). All out to woo the city,
Sen is finalising plans for 12,000 ft of swinging party space overlooking
the Victoria Memorial — on the drawing board are a nightclub called
Sssshhh, a restaurant called Poison and a cigar lounge as well. The
new hotspot, designed by a Bangkok-based firm, will be ready ‘early
next year.’ In Kolkata last weekend, Sen hosted a dry run on Sunday
night for family and friends at a city restaurant. The day before, she
inaugurated a friend’s restaurant in Salt Lake the day before
with the words: “One moment of glory is worth an age without a
name.” Depends on whether Kolkatans agree.
left: Sushmita Sen, Kunal Kapoor, Jyoti and Suresh Guptara,
This is one shoot actor Riya Sen will not forget in
a hurry. Apparently, while filming with co-actor Shreyas Talpade
for Sangeeth Sivan’s Apna Sapna Money Money,
they had to can a romantic scene lolling about on a bed of red chillies.
Sen plays a village belle in the film and this particular sequence had
to be done several times over to get it just right. It wasn’t
easy, considering it was a hot day and Miss S discovered she was allergic
to the dry, prickly chillies. Her skin started burning and first aid
— ice — was brought in to soothe singed nerves. Who said
love was a bed of roses!
While southern superstar Chiranjeevi recently terminated
his five-year contract with leading cola brand Thums-Up (Andhra Pradesh
is the only state where Thums-Up has a regional brand ambassador), national
sensation Kunal Rang De Basanti Kapoor
now joins the likes of Salman Khan and Akshay
Kumar to become the newest face of the soft drink. Its ad campaigns
are largely associated with macho brand endorsers and acts of bravado,
so one wonders whether Kapoor with his ‘gentle-boy’ image
will be able to do it justice. Wait and watch.