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Arjun Kapoor noticed driving in 4 Bungalows yesterday

Historic occasions

WE so envy Shekhar Kapur proper now. He has parked himself within the luxurious ranges of the Kumaon mountains in Uttarakhand for the lockdown. Kapur has been staying at a beautiful homestay in Bhimtal, that has a slice of Indian in addition to European historical past. Owned by the Smetacek household, the property was purchased by Frederick Smetacek Senior, Main Normal Madan Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana and the Rani of Balrampur. Smetacek hailed from a German-speaking enclave of Czechoslovakia and fled the Nazis after making an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler on the eve of World Warfare II. He got here to Calcutta the place he married Shaheda Ahad, a descendant of Tipu Sultan, earlier than he moved to Uttarakhand. His son Peter now runs the place. Peter can be an avid entomologist with an in depth assortment of butterflies and moths that may be considered on the Butterfly Analysis Centre subsequent door.

Heartache, heartbreak

STORIES of the loved-loathed-but-not-ignored late politician Amar Singh are pouring in. Phrase in his interior circle is that he died a disillusioned man. In 2014, he met Sonia Gandhi twice to request her to permit him to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Noida on a Congress ticket. Sonia had reportedly agreed in view of Singh’s position in saving the Manmohan Singh authorities throughout the 2008 belief vote, however Rahul Gandhi is alleged to have put his foot down. The ‘manner out’, Rahul had instructed, was to let him contest as an Impartial on a premise that Congress received’t discipline a candidate in opposition to him. That left Singh very bitter and indignant. However he had endured private heartbreak too. Few are conscious that after coming to Delhi someplace between 1985 and 1987, a younger Amar was relatively keen about Ratna Singh, daughter of former Union minister Dinesh Singh. One way or the other nothing got here of this. In 1987, Ratna Singh was married off, oblivious of Singh’s emotions for her. Singh then sought solace in his largest ardour, Bollywood. We hear singer Mukesh’s songs noticed him by means of the heartache.


WELL-KNOWN businessman and Congress candidate from Ajmer, Riju Jhunjhunwala, had a horrible mishap the opposite night time, necessitating surgical procedure for the 41-year-old. We hear he fell off a first-floor balcony at a get-together and broke his again relatively severely. Jhunjhunwala, who belongs to the LNJ Bhilwara group, shared an image of himself from the hospital, saying, “L2 backbone smashed and metal one put in emergency. No sensation earlier than L2 nerves don’t not know what number of weeks or months this can take – however I WILL come again round! That’s a promise. (Sic)”

So lengthy, fare effectively

OUR good friend, the sensible and affable Rachel Dwyer has some unhappy information to share. She is hanging up her boots because the professor of Indian Tradition and Cinema at UK’s SOAS College. Dwyer introduced yesterday, “In view of my poor well being, I’m leaving SOAS College of London on the finish of the month. It’s been 40 years so it is going to take me some time to get used to the concept.” Dwyer is a superb Indophile, she has visited India a number of occasions and written a number of books on the nation and its cinema, most notably on Yash Chopra. She did her BA in Sanskrit at SOAS, adopted by a PhD on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram. We hope to run into her at a Mumbai soiree quickly.


THINGS are wanting down for these concerned on this multi-starrer venture that has been bought to a streamer. With part of the shoot pending and the earnings capped by the digital deal, we’ve learnt that the makers at the moment are considering cost-cutting measures to sail by means of. One of many leads was gifted a automobile by the producers earlier than the venture took off and he’s now being requested to think about that in opposition to his pending dues. This actor can be being pulled into one other net sequence (a remake of a UK present) by the identical makers to make amends. However for these decrease down the hierarchy, pay cuts appear inevitable.

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