In India, Aishwarya Rai is the highest paid actress, the star of Coke ads and the subject of an estimated 17,000 worshipful websites. In the U.S.? She’s about to find out. Rai makes her English-language debut in the new movie Bride & Prejudice, a retelling of the Jane Austen classic Pride & Prejudice in the style of India’s Bollywood musicals. A former architecture student, Rai, 31, who lives with her parents in Mumbai, took up acting after winning the 1994 Miss World title. “I thought, ‘I don’t see myself in the Olympics. This is my one chance to present India,’” she says of entering the pageant. Though not married (“It will happen when its meant to happen,” she says), Rai has been linked with fellow Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi. But forget anything too steamy onscreen – in Bollywood tradition, she’s never even kissed a leading man. Claims Rai: “You don’t really miss it.”
Sunday, September 11, 5 p.m.
Slice Literary Conference Panel: Finding Great Writers
Saint Francis College
180 Remsen St
New York NY 11201
Monday, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn BookFest Bookends Event: Storytellers & City Dwellers
Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th Street, NY, NY
Sunday, October 9, 2:30 p.m.
NYC ComicCon: #WhitewashedOut Panel
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York NY 10001
Saturday, October 15, All Day
Rutgers One-On-One Plus Conference
New Brunswick, NJ
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 and 13
Metropolitan West Center
639 W. 46th St.
New York, NY
Tuesday, July 12
Shiny Broke Pieces Launch & Dance Panel
52 Prince Street
New York, NY
Thursday, July 28
Unraveled Panel & YA Day
Irving Public Library
Friday to Sunday, July 29 to August 1
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