Off the record

Off the record

All for Kat!

Recently when Katrina Kaif was in Kashmir, the J&K Police was on cloud nine. She was shooting for her upcoming film Fitoor. While Fitoor is desi version of Charles Dickens’ the Great Expectations, the police expectations were equally high to escort the Bollywood diva.

Though there were no formal orders that brigades of gun wielding cops provide her security, it so happened that from CRPF to police, everyone in uniform wanted to be her bodyguard. Even many senior officials including SSP Security remained busy tacking her movements. There were no Black Cats but Kat enjoyed the security to its optimum.

During the shooting, the movie cameras captured many romantic scenes. One such being her braving the chill amid snowfall. But Katrina set the sets on fire, when she shared a steamy lip-lock with her co-star Aditya Kapoor on a bridge in the famed Dal Lake. Though Katrina is back in Mumbai, in Kashmir she has left behind two memories: her lip-lock and a dabang police!
Zulfikar Majid, Srinagar

Who sleeps more?

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared during their personal interactions how much sleep each of them get. It turned out that Modi was getting an hour’s sleep less than Obama.

Obama even said that’s because he is still new. But, when BJP chief Amit Shah was asked about his sleep hours in the thick of the Delhi poll campaign, his prompt reply was that “I do not sleep till the job is done.”

BJP insiders say Shah, who had to hold many past-midnight sessions with campaign managers, chose light dinner to keep awake. “I don’t eat. If I eat, I will doze off. But I can’t do that till our work is over,” he was heard saying.
Shekhar Iyer, New Delhi

HM wants FM

If Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s advice to the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is actualised, the Central troops guarding our Himalayan borders could be operating FM radio channels soon.

Singh’s idea is that the SSB should think of FM radio channels in the border areas so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme could also be heard in the remote locations.

“If necessity arises, I can also find time to address our jawans posted in border areas through these SSB-operated FM channels,” he said. Before that, Singh may want to try out the All India Radio first. That would, of course, depend on Modi giving the nod!
SI, New Delhi

More ‘Shatru’ than a friend

BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha is not known to issue politically-correct statements. So, majority of the times when he strikes a discordant note, he creates more ‘Shatru’ (enemies) for himself within the party.

The latest instance was when he suggested that had the BJP projected Harsh Vardhan as its chief ministerial candidate in Delhi polls, the BJP would have fared much better. His ‘frank suggestion’ has not been taken kindly by the BJP top brass, which is already miffed with his previous controversial statements.

Last year, prior to the Lok Sabha polls, he had suggested that if Gujarat CM can aspire to be prime minister, why can’t the Bihar CM (then Nitish Kumar) wish the same.

An angry BJP had almost denied him the LS ticket. But timely intervention by his mentor L K Advani saved the day. Marginalised now, Advani too must be thinking why Shatru creates more enemies than friends.
Abhay Kumar, Patna

Pacifying Mohanlal

A week after the stage show debacle at the National Games inaugural ceremony, controversies around the show performed by Lalisom, the new music band helmed by actor Mohanlal, are now pegged to a cheque.

Mohanlal, apparently upset about the outrage against the band’s performance, returned to the state government the remuneration he had accepted for the show – about Rs 1.64 crore – in a cheque sent through speed post. Problem over? Not quite.

The government has refused to accept the money because it could tarnish the iconic actor’s reputation. After a flurry of opinions from Congress leaders on how to deal with the cheque, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan visited the actor at his residence to pacify him.

Lal, however, has refused to budge. There are reports on a compromise formula being worked on to use the money for state-funded welfare initiatives. The intrigue is still on.

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