OUTLOOK Monday 20 October, 1997
Mama Hindustani

IT wasn't the pretty young things that caught all eyes at the launch of Persis Khambatta's Pride of India. It was a much older Pramila, Miss India '47, who kept telling lensmen: "Call me Mother India." Calcutta-born Esther Victoria Abraham became Pramila when she starred in the film Bhikaran which got her a Best Actress award. The school principal strayed into Bollywood because she was taller than her auditioning cousin. The rest, as they say, is history.

Familial Strains

SANTOOR maestro Pt Shivkumar Sharma, in his self-described "journey of five decades", will find a riveting bivouac under Banyan Tree Events. Event-manager Mahesh Babu and wife Nandini Mahesh hit upon the unusual idea of a first-ever santoor duet. Come December, Pt Sharma will play in tandem with son Rahul, his youngest student who is also assisting him in his film compositions. Panditji is "looking forward with excitement to playing in India together". And so are his fans, we are sure.

Metre Metier

SHE'S just a teenager but Fatima Bhutto's already creating waves in Pakistan. At an age when most girls are worried about pimples and boys, the creative muse in her has found expression in a book of poetry. Dedicated understandably to father Mir Murtaza Bhutto, who was killed in a controversial police shootout,Whispers of the Desert is a sensitive reflection of her closeness to her father and her "deepest, darkest fear" of losing him. She is expected to join the turbulent world of Pakistani politics. Reason enough to give aunt Benazir sleepless nights.

Royal Kamaal

PARADOXES in history are nothing new. But when a paradox unfolds right in front of your eyes, very few notice it. Kamalahaasan's pet project—the Rs 20 crore multilingual historical film Marauthanayagam—is the story of an 18th century anti-British chieftain. The paradox: Queen Elizabeth, sovereign of the British Crown, is going to release the promotional trailer of the film in a function to be held in Chennai next week. A royal faux pas?

No Blushing Venture

PERUVIAN Mila Oberoi is Indian by marriage. Married to the grandson of Rai Bahadur Oberoi, the man who built the Oberoi chain of hotels, Mila was quick to see the potential of the great Indian marriage market. And so she joined hands with friend Sanjit Dhillon to start India's first magazine for brides: Bride & Home. From clothes to jewellery, bridal etiquette to customs a bride must expect, wedding venues to honeymoon getaways, ideas for gifts, a wedding planner and a guide on interiors, the magazine is a must-have for any bride-to-be.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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