At the amfAR gala at Cannes this year right alongside the biggest international fashion brands — Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Giorgio
Armani and more — was Tarun Tahiliani.
Tahiliani, who became the first Indian
designer to show at the charitable ‘The
Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show’
curated by former editor-in-chief of Vogue
Paris, Carine Roitfeld in collaboration with
supermodel Naomi Campbell, told The
Hindu, ‘I thought long and hard about
what I wanted to design. As a designer I
do not want to send a lehenga; people
abroad have already seen many in
Bollywood. I wanted my piece to be less
“costumy.” So, I designed something that is
contemporary and Indian. It’s a fluid,
structured gold evening gown that anyone
can wear. Wearable fashion is something I
And showing to the world just how
wearable and desirable a Tarun Tahiliani is
was none other than Aishwarya Rai
Tarun Tahiliani with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
With his trademark humor and
conviction in his acceptance speech,
Preet Bharara had wowed the
audience at the India Abroad Person
of the Year Awards last year.
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The Kerry surprise
FRED PROUSER/REU TERS
Admittedly, Kerry Washington can spring one surprise after another. Be it with her back-
ground (the girl from Bronx who lived
across the street from the projects, yet
studied at Spence, the elite prep
school in Manhattan), be it with the
revelation that she is a phi beta kappa
graduate from George Washington
University, be it with her generous
laughter, or be it with her brave per-
formances across mediums. All of
which you can read about in the latest
issue of Elle.
But even prepared to be surprised,
we were taken aback by one revelation
— according to Elle, the Django
Unchained actress had spent six
months in Kerala studying Malayalam
Though considering Kathakali has
been described as ‘a martial art that is
the basis of a local type of theater and
dance,’ we are more inclined to believe
it was Kalaripayattu, we must say we
love these sort of surprises.
You can take the boy out of the desh, but not the desi out of the boy.
For his big screen debut
writer/director Atul Malhotra —
the television program director
and producer whose resume
boasts Discovery Channel
International’s Breaking Magic
— will make an indie comedy
drama Amar Akbar & Tony, a
nod to the Bollywood
classic Amar Akbar Anthony,
reveals The Hollywood Reporter.
The film about three charac-
ters struggling through life in
multicultural London, THR says,
stars Martin Delaney (Zero Dark
Kempton (TV’s Spooks) and Sam
Vincenti (TV’s Waking The
Malhotra has been quoted as
saying, ‘There have been so
many portrayals of Asian people
wanting to escape from their
cultural heritage, but I wanted
to explore the contrasting angle.
The film will embrace the
vibrancy and distinctiveness of
this influential culture and will
wear its Asian heart proudly on
So not Raj!
PHIL MCCART/REU TERS
Even though he managed a con- versation with Penny, without he aid of alcohol, in the last
episode of season 6 of The Big Bang
Theory, we are so used to Raj
Koothrappali not being able to talk to
girls that the news about Kunal
Nayyar’s new avatar seems ironic.
According to TBS, the Indian-origin
actor will guest star in an upcoming
season 2 episode of Sullivan & Son as
a bar patron who tries to hit on many
women on ‘Ladies Night.’
Gotta watch this one!
Most people expect the man who has gone after big Wall Street names, bombers and the mafia to be a serious, somber man. But when
you meet Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney
for the Southern District of New York, you realize that
he is a man with a wonderful sense of humor.
His speeches and conversations have made us smile,
grin and sometimes laugh out loud, but always leave a
bit more impressed — just like his recent interview
with the India Ink section of The New York Times did.
Asked what drives him, the winner of the India
Abroad Person of the Year 2011 promptly quipped, ‘I
eat a lot of spinach. That’s actually not true. I’m not at
all good at eating my vegetables. What drives me is the
mission of doing what this office has been about from
the time it was founded back in 1789, which is that we
are making the country a little bit better and a little bit
safer. It’s an exciting thing to come to work here every
day, and the nature of the work itself is what drives
me. I want to serve and help people. Just because I feel
tired at 6 pm doesn’t mean that a case is going away.’
And his typical work week left us exhausted just
thinking about it!
‘I’m up early and e-mailing people and also doing it
late at night. I don’t sleep that much and am working
on weekends too. I don’t think I’ve gotten eight hours
of sleep in a very long time,’ he told the newspaper.
‘You may think you had a free evening but end up
working for the next 36 hours. That happens on a reg-
Bharara also tackled questions on community and
identity — asked how the community has reacted to
him, he said, ‘Well, I still get invited to their parties’ —
and of course fame that has him on magazine covers
and Bruce Springsteen (India Abroad November 16,
2012) giving him shout-outs.
Bharara said, ‘I don’t think I’m famous at all. I’m not
recognized or anything when I walk down the street.
If I were, my kids would think I’m really cool, but
that’s far from the case. In fact, when I call other
offices around the country, I often have to spell out my
name, and people have no idea who I am.’
That’s Preet for you.