Amrita Rao at Manish Malhotra Show


Fashion, film and cricket at Manish Malhotra’s show

New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) Bollywood, sports and fashion all mingled to create one glamorous event during the Manish Malhotra show at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week here.
Cricketers Aakaash Chopra and Murli Kartik strutted out in golden coloured cricket helmets while Bollywood stars Amrita Rao and Sophie Chowdhury cheered from the front row.

The show, designed to pay tribute to the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders’ kicked off with the team’s anthem “Korbo Ladbo Jeetbo Re.” Malhotra, the official designer of the team and a close friend of the team’s owner actor Shahrukh Khan showcased ensembles in the Knight Riders’ official colours of black and gold.

“It was extremely sweet of Aakaash and Murli to model for me, and I thank them for that. I am also designing for both Amrita and Sophie in upcoming films and the idea of the entire collection and the show was to have fun,” said Malhotra.

The designer known for transforming starlets like Urmila Matondkar and Karishma Kapoor into screen godesses, is now giving Amrita Rao a makeover in the film “Shortcut.” “I am very excited for the film as it presents me in a completely new way,” said Rao, while Malhotra quipped in saying, “She will blow your minds away,I saw the first rushes, and she is looking hot and some of the credit goes to me.” PTI

Amrita prefers love over career

MUMBIA: While some girls in the industry believe in unabashedly promoting their boyfriends (like Konkana Sen does with Ranvir), some others do it stealthily – shy and low profile Amrita Rao is one of those. Buzz is that Amrita, has finally, found a boyfriend in her My Name is Anthony Gonsalves co-star, Nikhil Dwivedi and has been silently promoting him to producers who approach her with work. Recently, Jag Mundhra approached Amrita with an offer to play the lead in one of his films. Amrita apparently asked the director to cast Nikhil opposite her and when he didn’t Amrita found a number of reasons to refuse the film. As expected Amrita denied the news, “I don’t have the power to ask directors to cast a particular actor. Why would I do that?” She also specified that Nikhil and she were just “good friends”. However, Mundhra had an entirely different story to narrate, “Amrita didn’t ask me directly to cast Nikhil in the film. Her secretary suggested Nikhil’s name to me and told me that Nikhil was a great actor and would do justice to the role but I felt otherwise so I didn’t even approach him.” Mundhra isn’t the only director whom Amrita tried to influence. Yet another filmmaker on condition of anonymity reveals, “When I offered Amrita my film she was keen on doing it. She then asked me to contact her secretary who told me to consider casting Nikhil opposite her but since I had already signed an actor I refused. A few days later they informed me that Amrita wasn’t interested in doing my film.” Apparently Amrita’s mother isn’t too happy with her daughter’s sudden interest in Nikhil. A source close to the Rao family reveals, “Amrita and Nikhil are keeping their relationship low profile because Amrita’s parents aren’t happy about it. They want Amrita to focus on her career and not on Nikhil’s career. Until very recently Amrita’s mum used to screen her calls and interviews. It was only recently that Amrita has become so independent and bold. May be this change has come about because she is in love…but if she continues to refuse films because of Nikhil she may end up with no career!”