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- The Indian Film Company-Studio 18 announced a formidable break-through in non-traditional markets like the Baltic countries, Russia, Kuwait & Iran in which it was successful in selling some of its recent content including Jab We Met and Welcome.
- Mentioned earlier, Dev Anand made an appearance as his all-time favourite, Guide was screened in the Classics section. The veteran attended a lunch at the Hindujas’ Villa in addition.
- An informal cocktail organised at the Indian Pavilion found sparse attendance from the contingent. Not that it’s important but the murmur was about the hard liquor running out despite miniscule servings. The grub comprised cold samosas and bhajias, including dry snacks, from one of the Indian farsan outlets presumably!
- Ash made a second appearance at the red carpet of Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, this time accompanied by her family. Those who saw her confirm that she looked exquisite (to say the least) and conducted herself inordinately well. However, a bitchy item by the Fashion Police in one of the local mags said that “mom-in-law’s outfit could have used serious ironing”.
(Media and international business expert, Tanuj Garg, will do an honorary Cannes 2008 diary for Bollywood Hungama. This will feature periodic updates on the mood and the action on The Croisette over the next fortnight. Tanuj is currently Marketing & Distribution Head for the UK & Europe at Studio 18)