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Lara Dutta Has a Baby Girl!

Lara Dutta and hubby Mahesh Bhupathi have been blessed with a baby girl!  They have named her Saira.

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Congratulations to the couple!

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Oprah In India! Night Out with the Bachchans

Oprah Winfrey is in India as part of her new show.  On her visit to the country, she flew into Mumbai and the first thing she did was go pay a visit to Beti B!  Then the Bachchan family and Oprah made their way to a part held by the Godrej family.

Oprah wore a sari.

More pics coming soon!

Have fun in India Oprah!

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Chalo Dilli: One road trip I wouldn’t want to take but that is a lot of fun to watch!

Last night I watched Chalo Dilli with my mom on a sort of a girl’s night.  It kept us thoroughly entertained throughout and we really enjoyed our evening.  The film’s lead actors are Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak.  It is Lara and her husband Mahesh Bhupathi first production under their banner Bheegi Basanti (love the name, don’t you?).  If you have not heard of this film, here is a brief summary from bollywoodhungama.com:

“Be Kind to Whoever You Meet- Because everyone is going Through a Hard Battle— PLATO”
Chalo Dilli is a road movie. A journey that begins with the dynamic Mihika Mukherjea. A strong willed young woman who is a Senior Vice President of a top multinational Financial Institution in Mumbai. A jet setter, go-getter, no nonsense woman, Mihika divides the world into losers and winners and knows which side she is on. Mrs Clear Cut! 
The premise is simple. Mihika is heading back home from Mumbai to Delhi (to her banker husband who lives and works there), and misses her flight and encounters Manu Gupta, a podgy and loud ‘Ladies Cut-piece’ merchant who has a small 10 by 10 shop at Karol Bagh Delhi. 
Manu is everything that Mihika isn’t. Loud. Crass. Obnoxious. Rude. (He is that guy who talks on his cellphone loudly in the theatre and then spits gutkaa juice in the aisle…). He isn’t an idiot. He is very smart. Street smart. But mostly over smart. And boy…do they pay for it! 
As fate (and the script) would have it… Mihika lands up in a situation where she and Manu are stuck together for the rest of the journey to Delhi. 
A bizarre journey full of adventure, madness and crazy comic moments with the oddest traveling couple ever! (She drinks Evian and while he is cool drinking from a bore well…She smokes Virginia Slims, he chews Gopal zarda) 
A bizarre journey through air, road and rail from Mumbai, via Jaipur to Delhi.
A journey which along with these two protagonists showcases the real India. Its colorful and funny people and their eccentricities. 
But above all it’s a journey within for Mihika. Where the real growth happens on reaching her destination of Delhi… (Which is a big moment because getting home turns out to be tougher than she thought).
And once she finally reaches Delhi (in a span of a day and a half), tired, worn out and with enough stories to tell her grandkids someday, the moral of the story dawns upon her…
“Do not judge people by face value…. Including yourself”. 
Come. Be a part of the craziest roller coaster journey of your lives… with Mihika and Manu, and their resounding war cry Chalo Dilli!!!

The actors make this film incredibly enjoyable.  Lara Dutta looks stunning but that is not all, she also acts magnificently.  Her performance as a pampered city-girl who just happens to be a corporate tycoon is very believable.  Her posture and diction are spot on.  What’s more, I really must give her some credit for staying in the same outfit for the film.  In a film industry where an actress typically has 100 outfit changes in a film, Lara proves that actresses can put the film ahead of their appearance.  This being said, she looks beautiful anyway.  Vinay Pathak is hilarious as usual as yet another goofy character.  His role is of a fun-loving, extremely optimistic (and I mean extremely, extremely optimistic) and kind hearted man who goes out of his way to help an abla nari (Lara’s character).  I laughed at his stupid jokes, was disgusted by his burps and farts and felt very sympathetic towards him at the end (I’m not going to spoil the end, don’t worry).  Vinay has proved again that he is a fine actor.  There is also a special appearance by Akshay Kumar which was a pleasant surprise!

Chalo Dilli is a good film.  It is a fun watch for the whole family.  The only problem I have is I just don’t get how Lara’s character’s outlook could change in one night.  It is not realistic for such a change or realization to happen so quickly.  However, this is a small problem if you haven’t seen it yet, go for it.  This road trip is not one I would want to go on but it is thoroughly entertaining to watch.

I give it 3 stars, give this trip to Delhi a chance!


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