Salman Rushdie in love with Riya Sen?
Sir Salman Rushdie has struck up a close friendship with actress Riya Sen, it has been reported.
The Mail Online said the 61-year-old author met the actress in January through a mutual friend in Mumbai and soon invited her to New York.
Rushdie, whose novel Midnight’s Children was voted last week as the best ever Booker prize-winning novel, split with model Padma Lakshmi after their marriage broke down last year and now friends of Riya say the author is “pursuing” her.
The pair are said to be exchanging emails regularly and Riya said: “We get on really well, but we are just friends. I met him through a family friend.”
The 27-year-old also confirmed she had been invited to New York but insisted: “No really, we are not an item.”
She added: “I have spoken to him a few times. I think when you are Salman Rushdie, you must get bored with people who always want to talk to you about literature. We didn’t talk about any of that.”