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Kangna Ranaut has had a promising year with films like Gangster: A Love Story and Woh Lamhe. Now the light-eyed beauty has bagged the best debutant award for her role in Gangster at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore. Ranaut is the first Indian actor to win the award. "This award is prestigious because films from all over the world were competing," she beams. And having followed it up with the best debut award at Global Indian Film Awards as well, it seems like this girl from Simla is all set for a long innings in Bollywood.

Gabbar Gets a Bahu

Mrinal Kulkarni, the Sonpari of Indian television and the face of many memorable Marathi films, is the latest addition to the star cast of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay. The award-winning actor will be seen in a cameo, playing Gabbar Singh's daughter-in-law. "It is an intense role and it gave me an opportunity to work with Mr Bachchan and Ramu," she says. Despite mainstream film offers, Kulkarni, currently seen on the TV show Solah Singaar, will continue with television and Marathi films.


Actor Amrita Rao's wedding woes in Sooraj Barjatya's Vivaah might not have pleased the box office, but she sure managed to win over ace artist M.F. Husain. Rao now joins the ranks of Madhuri Dixit and Tabu as Husain's muse. The artist is so taken in with the "essence of an Indian woman" she portrays in the film, that he has been inspired to create an exhibition based on her "simplicity". While Ms Rao is thrilled to bits, we wonder what's next.

Check Mates

He is the world's youngest Grandmaster and he is pitted against the world's youngest female Grandmaster. In The Amity Grandmasters Challenge, to be held in Delhi from December 17-25, 2006, Parimarjan Negi, all of 13, will play European Women's Champion Kateryna Lahno, 16, of Ukraine. "I am pleased that I will play my first match against such a renowned opponent," says Negi. We wish him luck.

-Compiled by Kimi Dangor

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DECEMBER 25, 2006

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