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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.