OUTLOOK Monday 04 October, 2010
Girl’s Day Out

A fashion event brimming over with B’wood glamour. Obviously, it’s Manish Malhotra magic. The list was quite formidable—Preity, Rani, Priyanka, Sameera, Urmila, Sonakshi, Amisha, even Sangita Bijlani! Phew.... Occupying the front row, the girlie gang giggled and cheered. For Preity and Rani it was a hand-in-hand photo op. The clothes shone. The rest twittered.    

Red Comfort

A red throne for Ratan Tata, hand-stitched by a single Italian artisan. And a little memento for the rest. Luxury furniture brand Poltrona Frau, along with the Tata Group, has announced yet another indulgence for India’s new rich. For those who can sink into a Rs 7,00,000 1915 Chesterfield sofa or a Rs 1,60,000 Pucci print chair, it’s a red September.

New Stunts

Her next film Anjaana Anjaani is on the anvil and Priyanka Chopra is keeping her fingers crossed. Afterall, her girlie-cum-rock-chick act in KKK3 has not succeeded in propping the TRPs. Filling the shoes of Akshay Kumar is a tough job in a stunt-reality show. Hang on for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf before you consign her to oblivion.

Dance Trance

Sweet 60, and it was time for actress Shabana Azmi to throw a bash at Juhu’s Trilogy lounge. The invitees weren’t quite the activist types—count in the Ambanis, Godrejs, Bachchans, Rekha, Shotgun. A headgear-themed do, the b’day girl surprised all by flaunting her ‘ambiguous dancing skills’ to the pounding rythm of Munni Badnam Hui.

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  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.
  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.