Down the Rabbit Hole : From reel life to real life and back

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This Rabbit hole starts with a movie trailer and ends with a movie review but of two completely different movies. #butofcourse

Warning : spoiler alert. If you want to watch Rustom without knowing anything, scroll all the way down to the bottom.

I came across this trailer of a new Akshay Kumar and Ileana movie that comes out in August.

I watched the trailer… lah lah lah – it was fine – a lovely dovey song with both of the leads truly madly deeply in love with each other – lah lah lah – a celebrated navy officer and his sweetheart – lah lah lah-  Akshay and Ileana sitting in a tree. K I S S I N G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes culpable homicide.

Say whaaaat?

In the trailer it states that the movie is based on a true life event. So of course my little sniffer nose perked up (don’t be fooled, my nose is nowhere near little in real life #Pinocchio). 

Akshay Kumar and the real K.M Nanavati 

The Real Sylvia Nanavati 

Turns out it’s another crime of passion. And this isn’t the first movie to be inspired by those events.

Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke released in 1963 starring Sunil Dutt and Leela Naidu, but apparently didn’t do too well at the box office.

Achanak was released in 1973, starring Vinod Khanna which went on to become a box office hit.

I’m not a big fan of crime dramas, so I found my attention diverted when I recognized the name Leela Naidu. I’d seen her name pop up in Vogue from time to time ( a member of the worlds most beautiful list no less) and seeing as how a part of  my grandfather’s name is also Naidu, her name stuck with me.


I think it's super cool that her Telugu father was a famous nuclear physicist and her mom had a PHD.

She was Miss India in 1954 which  probably gave  her enough publicity and recognition for her subsequent inclusion into Vogue's list of the worlds ten most beautiful woman along side Maharani Gayatri Devi.

I ended up watching her movie The Householder with Shashi Kapoor.  Read the review and watch the movie here!

As I was writing this post, I listened to songs from her first movie Anuradha. Here’s my favorite
one. Enjoy!



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