Mumbai, Feb. 10 -- Of late, Bollywood stars have been spotted taking a keen interest in art. So while Sonakshi Sinha inaugurated Neeraj Goswami's show earlier this month, other stars were seen at Sharman Joshi's wife Prerana's art show recently.
And the trend isn't restricted to Mumbai only. At the sixth edition of the India Art Fair in Delhi, Sonam Kapoor, a keen art lover, was spotted with veteran artist Sakti Burman. Even Sussanne Roshan was seen at the fair.
Sonam, who has purchased works by Burman in the past, is not the only one from Bollywood who seems to be interested in the growing Indian art market. A number of celebs have been buying art - some as investment, some for the love of it. While Shah Rukh Khan has works of MF Husain and Bose Krishnamachari in his house, Madhuri Dixit also owns some Husains. His paintings are often seen as a backdrop in the pictures she tweets.
Another art lover in Bollywood is Raveena Tandon. "I buy art for the love of it and not as an investment. I source my works from galleries in Mumbai and Kolkata," says Raveena. She has works of artists like Paresh Maity, Burman and Thota Vaikuntam.
And it's not just actors, even designer Manish Malhotra, who also visited the fair, says, "I was very impressed by the works at the art fair. When I shifted into my new house five years ago, I got a lot of Sunil Padwal and Chintan Upadhyay and invested in works of (SH) Raza too."
Gallery owners also agree that the trend of actors buying art is catching up. "There is a growing interest in Bollywood towards Indian art. Sonam took a keen interest in some of the works displayed at our booth," says Delhi-based gallery owner, Sunaina Anand, adding, "Gauri Khan (Shah Rukh's wife) has also visited the gallery, and Mani Ratnam (director) bought a Vaikuntam canvas from us sometime back."
Some, like Salman Khan, even love creating art. The actor paints and often gifts his works to family and friends. For his recently released movie, Jai Ho, he painted the first poster himself. Salman worked on a mixed medium to create the poster, which was later digitally reproduced.