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Somebody out there likes us

The affection between India and the U.S. was made evident in remarks by India’s Ambassador Ronen Sen Tuesday night at the Hotel Bel-Air dinner hosted by Dr. Mani Bhaumik, of Lasik surgery fame and author of the best-seller “Code Name God.” We chatted with the Ambassador about the great and growing film industry of India–as illustrated in Variety’s  March 13-19 V Plus section which reminds that there are 15 million movie theater admissions a day in India.

Host Bhaumik is no stranger to Hollywood having hosted many events and also dated some of its stars including Eva Gabor. Among those on hand at the dinner, Pat and Michael York, he proposed to her in India while filming “The Guru” with Rita Tushingham in 1968. While there, Pat was overcome by medication mistakenly prescribed for her by a London doctor. Her life was saved by an Indian doctor. The thankful Yorks have since returned to India 12 times.

Others at the intimate dinner included  Gwen and Arthur Hiller, Mace Neufeld, Peter Guber, Connie Stevens, UCLA’s Dean Robert Rosen, Parminder Nagra (“ER”), Deepak Chopra and Inder Singh of the Indian-American Heritage Foundation.