Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cover my bum, says John Abraham

Wants to get his derriere insured... for Rs 10 crore

John Abraham has come up with a kick-a** idea. The star wants to insure his butt! The actor, who displayed his derriere in his now-famous yellow chaddis in Dostana, is looking to secure his assets for Rs 10 crore.

Like Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez, Bipasha Basu's beau has decided to buy a policy that covers any possible risk to his body part. He would be the first Indian celebrity to do so.

Indian companies are not used to body part insurance as it has yet to catch on as a trend here, like it has in the West. Says a source, "But some insurance companies are willing to make an exception for John."

The star recently suffered a minor case of muscle fatigue and had stopped gymming for a while. But now he is back to his exercise routine.

Adds the source, "Rs 10 crore is a heavy amount of insurance and the premium that he would have to pay for it would be mindboggling. And the star is up for it."

Confirms John, "I agree that there is an initiative from my side but this is a work-in-progress. I am meeting various people for this. At this point, I would not like to say more."

South sensation Rajnikant has copyrighted his voice. No one can mimic him without his consent.

>> Insuring body parts started with Ben Turpin, the silent-movie star who bought a $20,000 policy in the 1920s to insure his signature crossed eyes.
>> Leg insurance began with Betty Grable, whose million-dollar legs were insured for that amount.
>> Soccer star David Beckham has his legs and feet insured.
>> Choreographer Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) had his feet insured for $39 million.
>> German supermodel Heidi Klum insured her legs for $2.2 million. One of her limbs is insured for $1.2 million while the other for only $1 million. They have different values as there is a scar on one knee.
>> Tina Turner has her legs insured for a sum that is quite large.
>> Fred Astaire had insured his legs for $75,000 per leg, with an additional $20,000 of insurance on his wrists and arms.
>> Supermodel Claudia Schiffer had her face insured for $5 million.
>> Actress America Ferrara's smile was insured for $10 million.
>> Bruce Springsteen bought a $6 million policy to insure his voice
>> Singer Dolly Parton purchased a $600,000 policy to insure her 42-inch chest.
>> Bette Davis had a $28,000 policy insuring her against weight gain.
>> Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had his hands insured.
>> Marilyn Monroe had to be insured against drug use.
>> Food critic and gourmet Egon Ronay bought a $400,000 insurance policy on his taste buds.


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