Quick, where did you put your effigy making materials?
The Indian media is in a tizzy all over again – this time over a kiss between Bipasha Basu and soccer sensation Ronaldo Cristiano. There’s no word yet if any religious/moral/cultural sensibilities have been hurt so far but let’s give them time. Maybe the pain is muted because the un-Indian kissing didn’t actually take place on Indian soil.
The Times of India delved deep into its fangirl self to report that Cristiano ‘scored’ with Basu who was ‘awestruck’ by him. With a heading like that, I was naturally agog to read what else the normally dignified Basu had apparently spilled. Obviously, the story that followed was a disappointment.
It seems Basu was in Lisbon for the Seven Wonders gig to introduce the Taj Mahal and, in between hobnobbing with the likes of Hillary Swank and getting career advice from Ben Kingsley, met Cristiano… who’s a Bollywood fan.
“Ronaldo said he loved Bollywood films. But I laughed, thinking he was just being sweet. However, he surprised me by taking out his cellphone and playing the song Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi from Masoom. He loves this song,” laughs Bips. “He then introduced me to his mother, who is a big Bollywood fan, and she swore that Ronaldo was a Bollywood deewana!”
Personally speaking, that sounds like a much better story to me than two people going out to a nightclub in a beautiful city and getting caught in a “liplock” that could have occurred in a multitude of circumstances. Seriously, who cares?
Maybe Gemma Atkinson and John Abraham – and Cristiano if he minds being called a “22 year old boy” – but not me.