DIDI GOES URBAN
MAMATA BANERJEE (CENTRE) WITH BACHCHAN (LEFT) AND KHAN After consolidating her rural vote bank for two years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has finally discovered her urban constituency. Recently, she inaugurated a series of new fixtures in Kolkata. On October 1, she sat through a recital by pianist Richard Clayderman at the inauguration of the seven-star Quest mall. On November 11, she posed for pictures while inaugurating an open-air enclosure for the Royal Bengal tigers at the Alipore Zoo. MP Derek O’Brien, whose MPLAD funds had paid for the enclosure, posed alongside. On November 11, she played host to the best of cinema when Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hassan attended the Kolkata International Film Festival. On November 14, she laid the foundation stone for Kolkata Museum of Modern Art. On November 19, she will inaugurate the takeover of the 173-year-old iconic Great Eastern Hotel by The Lalit. Capital, culture and Clayderman—now this is quite a makeover.