Kulkarni is under threat. And we don't mean from the fashion police. Following
her two trips to court in July clad in a burqa, a fundamentalist group
in Mumbai has threatened to burn her if she does it again. The case is
over a 1993 Stardust cover for which she posed only in jeans. Why the
burqa, asked the judge? Answer: to avoid being mobbed by fans. Says Omar
Qureshi, joint editor of Stardust in 1993: "I think the burqa was
just a cover-up, pun intended." As for the lady, she's revealing
like a beauty contest archive. In Kashmakash, director Priyadarshan has
cast three ex-Miss India contestants: 1984 winner Juhi Chawla; Virasat
girl and 1993 second runner-up Pooja Batra; and Karminder Kaur, 1993 first
runner-up. Kaur was the girl with Sunil Shetty in the hit song Paro. Bad
news guys, "This is my first and last acting role in a Hindi movie,"
she sighs. Thing is she just got married and moved to Australia. But take
heart, we're just one down.
gets younger and younger with age ... Having gone pop in recent years,
even sung with a boy band young enough to be her grandsons, Asha Bhosle
is performing in Wembley next month after a gap of 13 years. London's
all revved up; so is singer Boy George. In a recent TV interview, he had
described his duet with Bhosle, Bow Down Mister, as "the most perfect
song I have ever done. It was the happiest time of my life, and is a song
I treasure above everything else in my life." And she gets better
and better with age...
what if her first film bombed? Jyotika Sadanah, 21, heroine of Priyadarshan's
Hindi film Doli Sajake Rakhna, has just notched up her third Tamil hit,
Khushi. She's appearing with Aamir Khan in a Coke ad. A multilingual thriller
with Tabu and Tenali with Kamal Haasan are coming up. In fact, there's
so much lined up that she can barely remember the word Bollywood. "In
the South, people appreciate good work. It doesn't matter if your first
film was a flop," she says, adding, "It's not easy to speak
another person's language, and win their hearts as well." She's done
it. And done it well.