The Top Chef presenter refused to name Krishna Thea's dad when the tot was born and she left her father's details blank on the baby's birth certificate in February, 2010. She finally revealed that venture capitalist Adam Dell - the brother of computer magnate Michael Dell - was the father in January, 2011.
He subsequently launched a custody battle against the Indian-born beauty and now he's celebrating after a New York judge ruled the two-year-old should be given his surname. She will now be known as Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell.
Dell has also settled for extra visitation rights after previously challenging Lakshmi for full custody.
The TV personality, who was previously married to author Salman Rushdie, had just begun a relationship with late billionaire Theodore Forstmann when she discovered she was pregnant. Forstmann served as Krishna's father figure from the day she was born.
He died in November (11), but made sure to include Krishna in his will after setting up a trust fund to provide for the tot.
Forstmann had been dating the Top Chef host on and off for several years prior to his death from brain cancer and he became a father figure to Lakshmi's daughter Krishna following the tot's birth in 2010.
The 71 year old was not the child's biological dad, but he made sure to include the child in his will, which was approved by a judge at Manhattan's Surrogate's Court earlier this month (Feb12).
According to the New York Daily News, Forstmann established Krishna's Trust to provide for the two-year-old, while he also forgave Indian-born Lakshmi - who he referred to as "my friend" in the documents - for all debts the beauty owed him.
Financial details for both the trust and the money he loaned to Lakshmi, the former wife of author Salman Rushdie, have not been made public, but little Krishna's fund is said to be "generous".
Venture capitalist Adam Dell, the brother of computer magnate Michael Dell, was revealed as Krishna's father in January, 2011.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Venture capitalist Adam Dell, whose brother is computer magnate Michael Dell, filed papers in a New York court on Tuesday (25Jan11) demanding visitation rights to see Lakshmi's 11-month-old daughter, Krishna Thea.
According to TMZ.com, Dell is currently allowed to see the tot nine days a month as part of an unofficial deal in place until 20 February (11) when the little girl turns 12 months old.
The Indian-born model and actress, who has never confirmed the child's paternity, is said to have attempted to make a new custody agreement with Dell but their negotiations fell through.
The Top Chef presenter, who divorced famed author Salman Rushdie in 2007, went public with her romance with U.S. billionaire Teddy Forstmann in May (10).