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The Six Degrees of Abdullah Khalifa Al Kaabi

Emirati film director Abdullah Khalifa al Kaabi may be having his film screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, but how can we connect him to a top celebrity chef and two controversial novelists?

March 20, 2011 3:53 by

Salman Rushdie

In 2005, Rushdie called The Da Vinci Code “a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name.” If you disagree you shouldn’t be too surprised, after all Rushdie is no stranger to controversy. In fact his book The Satanic Verses caused Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomenei to issue a fatwa against him to be assassinated. Rushdie had to go underground for safety, but has since received critical acclaim for his work. His book Midnight’s Children was awarded the Booker of Bookers prize in 1993.  But apart from his literary productions, Rushdie has been at the center of controversy in his personal life too. Yes, we are talking about his marriage to former model…


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