King of the hill
Telugu superstar actor
and producer Vijay Deverakonda
outside a salon in Bandra
Jet-set and gone
KATRINA Kaif has much to look forward to in the coming months. Not only is her film ‘Sooryavanshi’ with her favourite co-star Akshay Kumar being readied for release, Katrina also has a horror-comedy, ‘Phone Bhoot’, with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter coming up, and Ali Abbas Zafar’s next film. But it’s hardly all work for the beautiful actor. Katrina has quietly made an exit for the UK. Late on Sunday night, the actor hopped on to a private jet and headed London to see her mum, who she hasn’t met for the past seven months.
A new direction
THE digital version of Mumbai’s fashion week was launched last night with one of its quintessential names. Manish Malhotra opened the week with a fashion film that the designer has directed himself. He has also made a fashion film last month for the couture week, starring Janhvi Kapoor. Trust Bollywood’s favourite designer to have a movie star in his fashion film this time around — a bearded and tousle-maned Kartik Aryan looks handsomer than he has ever before. “I’ve enjoyed these digital versions of fashion shows, it teams my twin passions of films as well as fashion. It’s just you, the clothes and the characters. I’ve also introduced new Punjabi singers with these films, I’ve been listening to them every night,” Malhotra tells your diarist.
YOUR diarist was surprised to see Nikhil Dwivedi in a web show after a long spell. Dwivedi, who starred in E Niwas’ ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’ and Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’, quit acting several years ago. He found his calling several years ago as a producer, he backed Sonam Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor Khan-starrer ‘Veere Di Wedding’ and Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’. In a special appearance on the show, Dwivedi plays a smooth-talking investment banker bent on bringing a scamster down. We like.
No passport needed
NEVER mind the travel ban, Mumbai-based contemporary artist Shilpa Gupta is all over the world these days. The talented lady, who uses video art, found objects and computer-aided installations, has at least 10 works in various galleries and art spaces across the world – right from Brussels, Germany, Turin, New York, Istanbul and The Netherlands. ‘Where do I end and you begin’ is a public light installation at the Fondazine Merz in Turin, Italy. In Villa Empain, Brussels, Gupta had a video projection of 100 hand-drawn maps of India as part of ‘Mappa Mundi’ curated by Alfred Pacquement, director of Centre Pompidou. In Zurich, a light installation in English, Hindi and Urdu that reads ‘I live under your sky too’. A railway flap-board, her long-held dream to make one, is installed at the Chemnitz Hauptbahnof in Germany. “The flap board engages with the idea of distance – socially, economically or geographically – which has been perpetuated, and, on the other hand, the distance we’ve been advised to keep with our hands and face, which is impossible to maintain,” Gupta says.
WITH the recent sale of Jet airways, there seems to be renewed enthusiasm with the country’s national carrier as well. A large corporate house, which has always considered the airline part of its crown jewels, may have sought the advice and support of a suave interlocutor for the government. Though the aviation ministry has been extending the dates for bids on a monthly basis, the house in question is clearly lying low but not giving up.