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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.

  • Arjun Tendulkar, on the threshold of adulthood, is a busy lad—honing his skills by bowling at the Mumbai Indians’ nets, acting as his father’s  younger self in a new docu-pic.... And he visits the Wankhede on IPL match days, like here, during a Mumbai-Gujarat face-off. The occasional big hit seems to distract him at times too!
  • Gargantuan in scope, box-ofice success, even in name, and a mighty confection between myth and an indeterminate past, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, like its precursor, is nevertheless technically sound. The crew converged  in Chennai for the Tamil audio launch, where stars Prabhas and Anushka Shetty soak in the accolades.
  • Whether at Benaras, Haridwar or Rishikesh, every celeb digs the pretty, photogenic poignancy of the evening Ganga aarti. Deepika’s choice of homage was at Rishikesh, to where she repaired with mom Ujjala (in white) for rest and recuperation. Jai ho!
  • Theresa May’s Brexit neg­otiations are tanglingly complex; Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s dem­and for a second independence referendum is pressing too. But all the  Brit press managed as a headline when the twain met was a caddish ‘Legs-it’. Just look up, boys!
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