Rajeev Masand: The Vanity Case
This week's blind item is easy. Courtesy Rajeev Masand at Open Magazine:
This has-been female star is in no hurry to quell rumours that she’s romantically involved with her close friend, who’s a partner with her in a film production company she started recently. The gentleman in question has been seen by her side at several public occasions recently, and even played co-host at a party she threw for her industry friends to celebrate the opening of her new office.
Film industry sources, however, reveal it’s not the partner-friend that the actress is in a relationship with, but a Pune builder who has close ties with an NCP politico. The story goes that it’s her Pune boyfriend who has invested nearly Rs 80 crore in her new production venture, which has allowed her to buy a residential flat in London, an office in Mumbai, and the expensive designer bags and shoes that she flaunts each time she’s at a public function.
Insiders joke that it’s hard to tell if the actress is hiding her boyfriend because he’s not exactly easy on the eye (poor chap— good enough to financially exploit, but not presentable enough to show off), or because she wants to carry on giving everyone the impression that she’s a self-made woman.