Bollywood star Kajol, center, below, spoke at the United Nations — on maternal and child health and the benefits of hand washing — last week,
looking quite resplendent in sarees.
Check her out with our very own USAID chief Raj
Shah (right, below).
And at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards
held last week, rock star Sting’s wife Trudy Styler, right,
wore a red dress designed by Payal Khandwala. ‘It’s a
huge honor for me to have a strong independent and
admired woman like Trudie Styler wear my design to
such a prestigious black tie event,’ the Mumbai designer
was quoted as saying.
The activist-musician Sonny Singh, second from left, of the band Red Baraat tweeted this Instagram photograph with this caption: ‘Quite an honor to go on stage after Zakir Hussain at the Monterey Jazz Festival last night. And meet him!’ How cool is that! The eight-piece ‘impossible to straightjacket into genre’ band also features Sunny Jain and Rohin Khemani. Right throw of dice
The lovely, lovely Hindi film Liar’s Dice, directed by Geetu Mohandas and featur- ing one of our favorite actors, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and also Geetanjali Thapa, has been selected as India’s entry to the Oscars, the Film Federation of India
announced last week.
The film, about a young mother’s migration to the city in search of her missing husband, won two National Awards in India – best actress for Thapa, and best cinematography for Rajeev Ravi. As anyone familiar with those awards will tell you, that don’t
mean much. But, as India Abroad contributor and film critic Aseem Chhabra put it,
India seems to have finally got it write in its Oscar entry selection.
The buzz is that the Kangna Ranaut starrer Queen, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and the
Riteish Deshmukh-produced Marathi film Yellow were also considered. We’re glad the
better film won.