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OUTLOOK Monday 04 April, 2005
Ice Ice Baby

Check out the latest shipment and it’s clear why we’re the most favoured nation for trampled European ramp dreams. This one’s from a faraway land with a chilly name—Ice Ice land. We caught the perfect piece of Nordic art in Goa recently, digging into vindaloo between dips in the Arabian Sea. Ahh! But hold on, here comes the alphabet blizzard—Helga Lind Bjorgvinsdottir, her name!

Sons 'n Brothers

As an actuarial analyst, Bilal Musharraf’s US job involves crunching cold numbers for insurance companies. But in India the Pakistani dictator’s son was warmth personified: rapping with Rahul Gandhi, cutting a cake at Musharraf’s ancestral home in Old Delhi and drawing ‘oh so sweet’ sighs at Lucknow University’s Kailash girls’ hostel. He even got to watch Khamosh Paani, the Paki film banned by his father. Bhaichara does set you free after all.

Bowled By The Doosra

At 10.14 a.m 21 March, Sri Lankan offie Muthiah Muralitharan celebrated his most prized off-field moment in life. Amidst nadaswaram music, he tied a thali to Madhimalar smiling away the shoulder injury. Marriage was least on Murali’s mind till a common friend insisted he meet Madhimalar just once last December. Jayasuriya is hoping Murali will derive strength from his wife. Murali’s mentor Ranatunga who predicted that he would finish with 1000 Test wickets, said: “I’m sure he’ll go past 900 wickets, at least.”

Donna Sella

Donatella Versace behaved every bit like the spoilt princess. In Bombay to judge a reality show, she moved around with a posse of security guards, shopped to the hilt at a suburban sari shop and tanned herself at the hotel pool. Flanked by designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, she said she was impressed by the way Indian women dress. Oh, so apart from the hectic tour and time with Jr Bachchan, she did notice!

Meet The Mettle

Four months after Lord Swraj Paul’s son Angad tied the knot with media lawyer Michelle, celebrations are still on, this time at London’s gilded Lancaster House. Under the golden ceiling, his welcoming remarks to a thousand guests read like a fair who’s who of the British establishment, beginning with “Chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown...”. The Lord of steel is a man of metal and mettle.

Meanwhile

Stung on the casting couch, guess what Bollywood baddie Shakti Kapoor is up to next? He’s starring in a film called Ek Hi Bhool and mind you, he’s making no mistakes this time. Try as much as you want Ruchi, bet he won’t fall for it again.

  • From Dharamshala to Spiti Valley, from McLe­od­­ganj to Andretta, from rocky outcrops to soul-stirring vales...old pals Cyrus Sah­­­u­­kar and Kunal Kapoor are on one heady trip. Soon on your TV!
  • The way Zainab Abbas looks, Angelo, de Villiers or Virat won’t say nay when asked for a selfie. Problem is, their teams all lost the match afterwards. Yet the Pakistani journalist can’t be accused of casting an evil spell on the opposition, for her run started when  Sarfraz Ahmed gave in to her beguiling cameraphone before the match against India. All we can do is to caution Virat not to fall for it again!
  • It’s funny, how Indian relatives of achievers in foreign (Western) lands make such a show of celebration bef­ore a pandering media. The same goes with the Varad­kar family—shown here in their Mumbai home—vis-a-vis Leo Vara­dkar being chosen the PM-elect of Ire­­land. Did the very young (38) and openly gay Leo burst crackers in Dublin?
  • Someday, deeper sociological theses will be written on why Dangal—apart from being a hearty entertainer—has done so well in China. But now for some brute figures—it’s poised   to cross Rs 1,000 crore in just this one market, the biggest non-Hollywood foreign movie. The app­eal is equaly strong across the Taiwan Strait. Would this gaggle of clicksome  Beijing girls visit Haryana next?
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