NRI model, Padma Lakshmi divorce
British author Salman Rushdie
London, July 02, 2007
British author Salman Rushdie,
60, well known for his novel "The Satanic Verses,"
which hurted many Muslims and sparked death threats that forced
him to live in hiding for nine years, has agreed to divorce Padma
Lakshmi, 37, because of her desire to end their marriage. In 1989,
the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's religious leader, called
on Muslims to kill Rushdie.
They were married in 2004 and she was his fourth wife and they
had no children.
Padma Lakshmi started her career as a model
and has since acted in movies and television shows and written cookbooks.
She hosts the U.S. cooking show "Top Chef" on the Bravo
"Top Chef" on the Bravo cable network:
- Padma Lakshmi, already known internationally as an actress and
award-winning writer, is now also the host of the top-rated TV
series Top Chef on Bravo.
- Her second cookbook Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, a follow up
to her award-winning debut Easy Exotic (winner of the International
Versailles Prize for Best First Cookbook), is a much larger endeavor
filled with over 150 recipes from around the world and intriguing
personal memoirs. Look out for it in the late spring of
- Top Chef, in which she is a judge as well as host, pits 15 talented
contestants against one another over three tense months. Each
week, Padma will tell one of them to "pack your knives and
- This is by no means her first hit TV show. Her television credits
include hosting Rai Television's Dominica In, a live variety show
which became Italy's highest rated program. For The Food
Network, she hosted Padma's Passport where she cooked diverse
low-fat cuisine based on her best selling book Easy Exotic. Lakshmi
has also hosted a documentary series called Planet Food (broadcast
on The Food Network and worldwide Discovery Channel), in which
she journeyed to countries such as Spain and India. Padma has
also appeared on UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise.\
- Padma Lakshmi is also an accomplished writer and the author
of Easy Exotic for Miramax Books for which she won the International
Versailles Event for best cookbook by a first time writer. The
book is a low calorie, low fat ethnic cookbook and is currently
in its second printing in soft back. She has contributed
to such magazines as American Vogue, Gourmet and Harper's
Originally known as the first internationally successful Indian
supermodel, Padma Lakshmi started modeling while an exchange student
in Spain with Clark University where she received a B.A. in Theater
Arts. She was discovered by a modeling agent while sitting
in a café and since has appeared in numerous fashion editorials
and walked the runway for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Emmanuel Ungaro
and Alberta Ferretti and starred in campaigns for Versus and Roberto
- From Hollywood to Bollywood, Padma's film career is filled with
promise. Her roles in both Glitter and Bollywood production Boom
have caught the eye of many.
- Glitter, and legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan in Boom.
To this point, Padma's foreign film credits are more extensive
than her U.S. domestic, a fact attributable to her significant
- Padma can be seen in in director Paul Mayeda Berges' newest
film Mistress of Spices starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott.
- In 2006, she played Moses' mother in ABC's Ten Commandments.
The four hour miniseries stars Omar Sharif, Dougray Scott, and
- She is also star in BBC 's Sharpe's Challenge opposite Sean
Bean. In it, Lakshmi plays the beautiful Indian courtesan Madhuvanthi
who becomes a ruler defending her Rajastani province from Sharpe
and the Colonialists.
- Padma's wide and varied TV career has ranged from hosting Italy's
highest rated TV show Domenica
- In on Rai Television to starring in her own cooking show, The
Melting Pot — Padma's Passport, on The Food Network in the
- Padma has also hosted a documentary series called Planet Food
(broadcast on The Food Network and worldwide Discovery Channel),
in which she journeyed to countries such as Spain and India.
In April, many critics hailed her performance as Princess Bithia,
the Egyptian princess who found the baby Moses in the bulrushes
and raised him as her own in ABC's mini-series The Ten Commandments
alongside Naveen Andrews (Lost), Omar Sharif and Dougray Scott.
Over Labor Day weekend, she starred in BBC America's Sharpe's
Challenge opposite Sean Bean. The two-part mini-series, directed
by Tom Clegg, is based on Bernard Cornwell's best-selling novels.
Padma again attracted much praise, this time as the beautiful Indian
courtesan Madhuvanthi who becomes a ruler defending her Rajasthani
province from Sharpe and the British Empire.
On the big screen, she joined Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott
in Paul Mayeda Berges' newest film Mistress of Spices.
Lakshmi's previous acting experience has included two Italian films:
Caribbeans directed by Lamberto Bava and Sandokan: The
Darkness and the Light directed by Sergio Sollima. In 2001
she played Mariah Carey's diva rival "Sylk" in Fox
/ Columbia Pictures Glitter, directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall. She
also starred in Kaizad Gustad's Boom in 2003.