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Actress Urmila Matondkar dances with kids during an event in Andheri on Thursday

Birthday blessings

ONLY recently, he raised a toast to his first wedding anniversary. And today, Parth Jindal celebrates his birthday. Along with wife Anushree and parents Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, the Jindal Steel Works scion is off to seek blessings at the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in Uttaranchal. Tomorrow night, the family will celebrate along with their friends at their factory and clubhouse at Vasind, a beautiful property just an hour out of Mumbai. Parth and Anushree married in the first week of May last year in among the most glamorous weddings that India has seen. While it started with an elegant dinner hosted by his grandmother Urmila Kanoria (art patron Sangita’s mum) at a Colaba five-star, it led to a grand wedding at the Hofburg palace in Vienna in Austria, with Enrique Iglesias performing at one of the soirees. The Saturday party won’t have Enrique, or many A-listers attending either, but being low-key is sometimes a good thing.

Global star

WE’D like to call her our very own, but Poorna Jagannathan really belongs to the world. She was born in Tunisia but has lived in India, Pakistan, Ireland and Argentina. If we can say we recognise her from ‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, we also know she has been cast in memorable roles in American TV shows ‘House of Cards’, ‘Law & Order’, and ‘The Night Of’. Now we gear up to see her in the first season of ‘Gypsy’, a new American show, in which she stars alongside Naomi Watts. Both ladies play therapists and, from what we hear, this will be one controversial show. While Watts will develop intimate relationships with people in her patients’ lives, Jagannathan will be her shooting from the hip, laidback colleague. The show will launch next month, and we promise you’ll be hooked.

Sixty and strong

ONE of the more high-profile ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet, the union minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari will be turning 60 next week. On May 27, to be precise, and this has made his friends, well-wishers and party workers from Nagpur to form a committee to celebrate his big day. This committee will felicitate him with cheque of Rs 1.61 crore, which Gadkari will donate for charities, mostly to orphanages which don’t get state government’s grant. The felicitation function organised in Nagpur will be attended from leaders across the parties apart from BJP president Amit Shah who will preside over the function, chief ministers of all BJP ruled states will attend the function, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, RPI chief Ramdas Athavale and others. How’s that for a power-packed diamond jubilee?

Two books and a party

PUNJAB’S chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh hosted a full house at among the poshest five-star hotels in New Delhi for the launch of his biography, ‘The People’s Maharaja’, by Khushwant Singh. His own book on military history, ‘Saragarhi and the Defence of the Samana Forts’ was also presented this evening. The room was filled with his family and his former colleagues from the armed forces, but also his brother-in-law Natwar Singh, his good friend Aroosa Alam, former minister Jitin Prasad, Olympian shooter Raja Randhir Singh and Sonia Gandhi’s colleague Archana Dalmia. Host Suhel Seth and Singh indulged in a rather cerebral discussion on the state of the Congress today, to which Singh retorted: “Television journalists need to keep themselves in the news. I was never joining the BJP, I would have started my own party if things hadn’t worked out with the Congress.” He went on to say, “You can’t wish the Congress away, they are a 120-year-old party, with a Congressman in every nook and cranny of India.”


THIS always in the news filmmaker is finding newer ways to stay there. We hear his just refurbished office space is the au courant talk of the town. While his various editing rooms and meeting rooms bear the names of Narendra Modi, Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi on their doors, the toilet is called Donald Trump. It does have his visitors tickled, if not for his wit then the garish interiors job for sure. Now that’s why sometimes no news is good news.Read more at:red carpet dresses |