30-plus, glamourous, sexy, brainy and seductive*

16 November 2012

Raveena Tandon is playing Shobhaa De, the former editor of Stardust, Society and Celebrity, in the Hindi film Shobhana’s Seven Nights that is already doing the rounds at international film festivals. But quite clearly the journalist turned best-selling author is not amused.

In an interview with Kavitha Shanmugham of The Telegraph last Sunday, Tandon says:

“The movie is about a gossip columnist and pulp fiction writer, and most people are assuming that it’s about Shobhaa De. I would say some traits of the character—such as her spunk and attitude—are inspired by her, but the story is not.

“Shobhaa De is a dear friend and avery different person from the one depicted in the film. However, her publisher is called Harry Davidar in the film and the logo of his publishing house does look like a penguin. That part is deliberate (smiles mischeviously).”

However, in January, the movie’s director, Sudipto Chattopadhyay hadtold Mumbai Mirror that the character was clearly based on De:

“Yes, Raveena plays a character based on Shobhaa De, who’s a dear friend of mine. So, I’ve taken the liberty of borrowing from her personality. I needed someone 30-plus, glamorous, sexy, brainy and seductive to play the part, and Raveena was my first and last choice.”

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3 Responses to “30-plus, glamourous, sexy, brainy and seductive*”

  1. Sapna Says:

    Sigh! This is what happens when movie-makers run out of ideas. A movie on Shobha De!

  2. megha Says:

    the interview in the telegraph is not of tandon but of sudipto chattopadhyay the director of the movie. so both interviews are of him.
    which also means he is contradicting himself

  3. uttara Says:

    how come the post hasn’t been corrected? megha is right, the interview is not of raveena tandon, but the director of the movie


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