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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

in the news

It is normal for politicians to hog the limelight; those of the silver screen do butt in from time to time but politicians are more powerful. Unfortunately, in the recent past, film stars have eased out politicians – it all began with Big B falling sick. Then came John Abraham who was hospitalized followed by Salman Khan who was on a hair transplant mission in Mumbai and hence was not able to be present in front of the judge in Jodhpur. Next there was another Khan, Saif Ali who inadvertently knocked down a teenager, took him to hospital, paid him compensation and seems to be happy with the way the world took the incident. You cannot forget Jaya Prada who gave a dance performance on the occasion of the Lucknow Mahotsav 2005. She was given thirty-five lakhs whilst more senior members were given one tenth as much. It led to a lot of explanation and, by the time it all died down, it was Dilip Kumar’s 86th birthday alongside Dharmendra’s 70th and Ranjnikant’s 56th. Another film actor in the news was Sanjay Dutt – he was summoned by the honorable court to resolve certain issues. A non-politician non-film star who got talked about was Virendra Sehwag, our opener. His sudden illness paved the way for Irfan to take the field in a new role. If Sehwag had not been indisposed, Irfan might not have got this golden chance and a star might not have been born.

Ramanand Sagar who gave us the unforgettable serial Ramayan passed away on 12th December.


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