OUTLOOK Monday 26 July, 2010
Role Model

Ramp gal and the face of Lakme, dusky and versatile, Lisa Haydon was a tad nervous. A B’wood debut—a dream-come-true turn in her career. That too not any aisa-waisa film but Anil Kapoor’s Aisha with Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor. Private acting classes and a diction tutor later, the cat is walked with the grace of a gazelle.

Ladies Coupe

Chennai, the hot spot for the fash frat, played host to the Gitanjali Lifestyle International Fashion Week. Some 22 Indian and eight foreign designers showcased their wares. Seen here, Richa Kapoor’s silk, crepe, chiffon ensemble weaving a make-
believe old-world dazzle.

We The Peepli

Aamir Khan is beating the drums for Peepli Live. At the music launch recently, he showed up braving an incipient fever. Why, even villagers from Bidwai in Bhopal, where the film was shot were flown in. Indian Ocean made the music and actor Raghubir Yadav hummed along. And Kiran was there too, cheering Aamir on.

Goddess of Wealth

Mrs Dhani, that’s Sakshi’s new name, especially after the hubby bagged a whopping Rs 210 crore endorsement deal. The lady luck is also expected to improve Mahi’s cricket. Fresh and funky, this wag has her own style statement.

  • Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.
  • CSK Watch In this glad season for the Chennai Super Kings, ace atta­cking spinner Imran Tahir has been a sight to behold—his tight-fisted, spread-armed sprint after a wicket popular as ever on and off the field. After another easy win, skipper Dhoni dared Tahir’s son for a race. We don’t know who won, but it dissolved into a softly-softly celebration. Can Uncle Cool do it like Dad? We doubt it.
  • A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.
  • The Lok Sabha elections draw near, so does the biopic of the country’s prime minister. Perfectly timed its rele­ase might be, but PM Narendra Modi has  earned the ire of lyricist Javed Akhtar—he was wrongly credited for work in a project he wasn’t involved in. Then there’s scepticism about how good a likeness is a shapely Vivek Oberoi for our most prominent politician. Ah, but just go in for the old-­fashioned songs: Ye desh nahin mitne dunga, sings a pat­riotic Modi in the film.


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