When Anil Kapoor conversed with Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas at the Hindustan Times Summit in New Delhi last week, the stunner from the epic musical Chicagoraised quite a hoopla by praising Bollywood cinema and specially Om Shanti Om.
Now everyone has presumed Ms Zeta-Jones meant the 2007 Farah Khan film. The Farah camp is infact was overjoyed and is said to be preparing a thank you note to Hollywood’s superstar couple.
But hang on. There seems to be some confusion here. Apparently Ms Zeta Jones meant the song ‘Om Shanti Om’ from Subhash Ghai’s film Karz and not the film Om Shanti Om directed by Farah Khan.
Says a source from the HT Summit, “She even hummed the popular ‘Om Shanti Om’ song composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.So we don’t know why there should be any confusion. And let’s be logical.Why would any sane person single out the Farah Khan’s film as a Bollywoodfavourite above Mother India or Lagaan, or whatever?”
In fact Michael Douglas made a sarcastic remark about his wife’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ declaration.
“In our home we don’t sing the usual Christmas songs for Christmas. We sing the songs of Om Shanti Om,” drawled Mr Douglas.
I’d say Anil Kapoor who interviewed Ms Zeta-Jones came far better prepared than Michael Douglas-Catherine Zeta Jones. He questioned Ms Zeta-Jones on her singing and dancing in the 2002 Broadway-styled Hollywood musical Chicago, adding with uncharacteristic humility, “We here in Bollywood do the dancing without much rehearsals. But you must have rehearsed really hard for Chicago.”
For those who are wondering where the selfabsorbed Anil Kapoor got the information on Catherine Zeta Jones, here is the answer.
Sonam K Ahuja.