SOCIALITE HOSTS NAIR'S PARTY
NEWS INDIA-TIMES, JULY 30, 2004
On Aug. 17, New York socialite Meera Gandhi will
host Mira Nair's Vanity Fair benefit party at the
Gandhi townhouse (former home of Eleanor
Roosevelt, First lady 1933 ~ 1945 and the moving
spirit behind the formation of the U.N. and its charter
of human rights). There will be two sneak screenings
of the much-awaited film. Nair, whose 'Monsoon
Wedding' was a hit all over the world, began work in
May 2003 on the Focus Features production of the
William Thackeray classic, 'Vanity Fair,' a provocative
period tale set in post-colonial England, filmed
entirely on location in Britain and India.
Reese Witherspoon stars as Becky Sharp, a woman
who defies her poverty-stricken background to
clamber up the social ladder; Jim Broadbent, Bob
Hoskins, Eileen Atkins, Gabriel Byrne, and Rhys Ifans
round up the stellar ensemble cast. 'Vanity Fair' will
be released in September 2004.
The proceeds of the party ($175 per head) will be
split between the Salaam Balak Trust Fund for Delhi
street children and for Indo-Arts.