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Actors Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif at the shoot of a celebrity TV show at a Mahalaxmi film, Mumbai, studio yesterday

Reddy, steady, girls

The Mumbai fashion week seems to have become a familiar stomping ground for the Reddy cousins. Not one or two, but three young and sassy girls from Hyderabad’s GVK family are taking part as fashion designers. First up is the relatively wellestablished Anushree Reddy, whose floral printed lehengas are rather popular with the young, modern and moneyed. Jayanti Reddy is next, also doing bridals, but far more conservative in her aesthetic. And finally there is Shriya Bhupal, the youngest of the cousins, who makes couture gowns with beautiful appliqué. She is better known for her famous and former engagement to superstar Nagarjuna’s son Akhil Akkineni, but hopefully her work will soon speak louder than her play.

Appreciating art

We are all for corporates that support art, and we are delighted to learn that a leading company, helmed by Pirojsha Adi Godrej, is supporting contemporary art in a big way. Thursday evening saw artist Manish Nai unveil his 60-foot wall sculpture at Godrej’s new property at the BKC. The Bhau Daji Lad museum’s director Tasneem Mehta, leading patron Manish Maker, gallerists Usha Mirchandani and Ranjana Steinruecke as well as curator Girish Shahane were present at the opening. At the courtyard, we also spotted a large Subodh Gupta sculpture that was picked up from his wellreceived exhibition at Famous Studio last year. Art projects seem to be the big attraction in selling spaces.

Murder, she wrote (in plimsolls and pearls)

She personifies the term ‘It-girl’, at least for a generation of women that preceded the scatty millennials of today. Plum Sykes, British-born and Oxford-educated, handpicked from the British Vogue and ensconced into Manhattan’s social circles by her fashion guru and mentor Anna Wintour, and a real-asrain voguette (way before the term became commonplace), is coming to town. The adored fashion and society journalist, and the author of the delightful ‘Bergdorf Blondes’ (2004) is out with her new book and will promote it at the Times of India Lit Fest (from December 15-17). Sykes’ new book — a murder mystery called ‘Party Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery’ — is set in the 1980s and revolves around a country girl who turns into a private eye for her college’s newspaper. Other than the book, Sykes will talk about writing on high society and its arguably low morals. Intriguing, right?

Tailpiece

This leading actor has walked out of a highly-anticipated film based on real events citing scripting issues (we hear the story was getting a bit too controversial for his squeaky clean image) and scheduling problems. The biopic has reportedly been in the pipeline for over a year, but the actor has moved on to other films and does not want to associate with the project anymore. To top that, the film, which was expected to go on floors early next year, has been shelved altogether since the makers are not keen to re-cast the project.Read more at:red prom dress | white prom dresses

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