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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.

  • Jennifer Lopez, et al would certainly concede the point that as far as ‘plunging necklines’ go, Deepika’s black blouse is up there with their best dressy efforts. The occ­asion for Deepika’s dazzle statement was the Mexico City premiere of her film xXx: Return of Xander Cage. One can well imagine a Spanish air to her, on what was also her birthday.
  • Post-marriage airiness doesn’t mean Yuvaraj lost sight of his darkest days. On Christmas, when the world celebrates,  Yuvi gave his time to children battling cancer at the St Jude Childcare in Mumbai. We all owe him a bow.
  • Barack Obama is a legend, and a film on his crucially formative years in Columbia is natural. Vikram Gandhi’s Barry stars Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy (in pic), among others.
  • Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris has the city lit up in a smoky, russet light, charged with the eroticism of Brando and Maria Schneider, and jolted by that scene of sexual ass­ault. The recent row    over the ‘fact’ that Schneider was never told  about it by the conniving duo is now refuted by the auteur. Schneider read the screenplay, so she knew everything,   says Bertotlucci. Except that infamous stick of butter. That, too, is a ghastly violation, more so because it hurt the young act­ress immeasurably, casting a pall over her entire life.
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