Fenil and Bollywood

Jai ho Loveleen!

Posted on: October 2, 2009

Loveleen Tandan makes it to the prestigious Women’s Impact Report of Variety magazine; invited to meet Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace on October 13

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 01, 2009)

Loveleen Tandan, co-director of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has made it to the super-prestigious Women’s Impact Report 2009 of Variety magazine. The report lists 50 women, who, in the words of Variety, “experienced an extraordinary year”.

Loveleen didn’t even know about the honour until she got a midnight call from Anil Kapoor in Los Angeles. Loveleen says, “Anil asked me if I had seen it. I asked, seen what? He then told me I’m on the cover of Variety magazine as an achiever of the year. He said he had bought two copies and was mailing me one. That was sweet of him.”

Interestingly, this achiever’s name occurs in the ‘Below The Liners’ section of Variety’s achievers where she features with fashion designers Catherine Marie Thomas and Janie Bryant. “I think it’s a category that celebrates women who have crossed over from one field to another, like I did from casting director to co-director in Slumdog Millionaire,” adds Loveleen.

While Loveleen will not attend the Variety awards ceremony in LA today due to personal reasons, she will not miss the chance to go to the Buckingham Palace where she has been invited. “I’ve been invited by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke to the Buckingham Palace on October 13. I wouldn’t miss that appointment for the world, but there’s a problem. My younger sister Amita is getting married on October 14 so I didn’t want to go to London on October 13. But, my sister didn’t want me to give it a miss as she feels it’s an once-in-a-lifetime honour. So I will be going to Buckingham Palace on October 13 and rushing back to Delhi just in time for her wedding on October 14,” she says.

Meanwhile, Loveleen has almost finished the script for her first directorial venture. “Of course, it has strong women characters but my film also has a lot of powerful men,” says Loveleen.

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