OUTLOOK Monday 15 May, 2000
Mama Mia

So all those who doubted Robert Vadra's ability to hold Priyanka Gandhi's attention long enough for their marriage to last have been proved wrong. The couple have not only remained happily married but are on their way, if reports are to be believed, to becoming proud parents. Priyanka is said to be five months pregnant. Will this baby then be the much-awaited heir to the Gandhi dynasty? Well, well...even if the current crop of inheritors haven't quite got close to the crown, the Congress can still take heart.

Party Animals

FORMER MP and film-maker Subbirami Reddy threw the mother of all dos at the Taj last week. Among the 1,000-odd guests were an array of Bollywood stars: the Kapoor sisters, Tabu and Farha, Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. Miss World Yukta Mookhey was there even as Diana Hayden gyrated at the British High Commissioner's bash the same day. "Bigger than Amar Singh's?" asked Reddy, of the RS MP's mega bash last month. Party politics, is it?

Waxing Eloquent

INDIA'S definitely the flavour of the season internationally. Why else would Madame Tussaud's in London shortlist six Bollywood stars for its famed waxwork models? The names range from Amitabh Bachchan to anari Raj Kapoor, from ham-star Shahrukh to guy-next-door Anil Kapoor, from original dancing queen Helen to reigning box-office queen Aishwarya. The statue will cost some £25,000 and a minimum of 4,000 pictures will be required to create an exact likeness of whoever makes it to Baker Street. We're plumbing for one sizzles like she did.

When Doves Fly

INDO-PAK ties took another turn last week, this time for the better. Spearheading it were citizens of the two countries rather than politicians. Asma Jehangir, former chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Pakistan, brought an all-woman delegation from her country to mark the second phase of the peace process. Jehangir was quoted as saying: "From here, let a message go to the politicians of India and Pakistan that the people want to live in peace and with dignity." We agree. Completely.

Eye on the Camera

It's no longer good enough to be The Voice. Playback singer Jaspinder Narula has many other ambitions. In Delhi recently as part of Indian-Arabic jugalbandi with Tunisian singer Lotfi Bouchnak, Narula now has visions of appearing on-camera in Hindi films. Bollywood grapevine's abuzz with rumours of how the lady-in-white's keen to meet producers and directors to plead her case for an on-camera debut.

A Sai of Relief

DOES anyone remember Manoj Kumar in Shirdi Ke Sai Baba? You may or may not but the people of Shirdi definitely do. A road leading to the Sai Baba temple in the town has been named after him. Says the actor: "It still feels like a dream. I was taken around in a chariot, there were about 20,000 people, mothers were asking me to bless their children and I was crying."

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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