OUTLOOK Monday 10 May, 2010
The Epic Returns

The Mumbai Oberoi is reborn. Amid all the luxurious ambience and the Indian charm, the hotel now has tighter security. Memories of 26/11 have been wiped clean, but the stories of the ten hotel employees and 22 others who fell prey to the terrorist bullets lingers on. CM Ashok Chavan did the inaugural honours. Also seen here, Rajya Sabha MP N.K. Singh (left) and P.R.S. Oberoi, chairman, Oberoi Group.

Causerati Inc

The heady cocktail of glamour, politics and charity...that’s Payal Abdullah’s fundraising charity ball for her NGO, Rahat. Samaritans and generous do-gooders were in full attendance at New Delhi’s Taj Palace. All’s fair in love and charity.

99 Steps

It’s undeniable that profound cogitation has its uses for Yuvraj Singh: his dismal batting at the IPL, protestations of earnest endeavour, the faintest glimmer of past fecundity, and then the slow asphyxiation in the hills. Unfortunately, the only thought probably clouding his mind at the IPL Awards Night was how to match steps with the out-of-work Neha Dhupia.

No Dumb Belle

Another of those B-town bombshells, Sherlyn Chopra, is the
latest entrant in the halls of notoriety. Her close encounter with a shirtless Chris Gayle at an IPL party is being talked about in faraway Caribbean. The KKR poster gal may not be able to tell a hook from a square cut, but she sure knows her game, hmmm?

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  • They might be exultantly posing around a broodingly resplendent red planet, but do you, pati­ent assessors of Bolly­woodian verisimilitude, see determind space scientists  in Sonakshi, Nithya Menen, Taapsee, Kirti Kulhari, Vidya and ‘mission director’ Akshay? Mission Mangal’s cast, who impersonate the ISRO team which sent Mangalyaan on its way, had better stick to the antakshari made pop­ular during its promotion. What next? Spuds growing on Akshay’s poop on Mars?
  • That England is an immigrant country is evident from its cricket and football teams, and prominent young people from all walks of life—from politicians to activists, from artistes to academics. Add beauty queens to that. At Miss England, is Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, took the top laurel. But this was just a lazy aside,   almost an afterthought for Bhasha—a doctor with two medical deg­rees. Disabusing us of our hidebound ideas about pageant divas, she says she tried it “to balance out my studying”. Whew! What a winner!
  • And the Indian bridal fashion par­ade continues: a sumptuous reh­ashing of the same designs with new nomenclature. This  latest, gorgeous line by an old master at the game, Tarun Tahiliani, goes by the name of ‘Bloom’­—a richly det­ailed whirligig meant to represent a “synthesis of cultures and values” meant for “young spirited” brides. That’s some change, so take note—if you’re sprightly enough, you deserve this.
  • There’s debate if the seasonal Hollywood blockbuster—that sac­­­red tradition—has run out of ideas: an endless parade of fra­nchises with ass­ured collection from new audiences as well as millennials living their childhood once more. Be that as it may, Aven­gers: Endgame is now the biggest movie of all time, grossing over $2 billion and pulling clear of Avatar. Disney needs a new cash chest!


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