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OUTLOOK Monday 05 June, 2000
A Bedtime Story

Ever wanted to sleep with the stars? Thank India Talkies which has tied up with Bombay Dyeing to launch a line of bedsheets and bedcovers with Bollywood actors printed on them. India Talkies was set up by Wizcraft along with film stars Govinda, Salman Khan, Mahima Choudhary, Sanjay Dutt and Karisma Kapoor, to start a countrywide chain of restaurants on the lines of Planet Hollywood. So what if they have diversified into bed linen even before their maiden venture got up and running?

Playing Warbles

It wasn't only Rani Mukherjee's heart Aamir set out to conquer when he sang Aati Kya Khandala. The song became the credo of many a roadside Romeo. Aamir plans to do it again, this time for his home production, Lagaan. Directed by Ashutosh Govarikar, the film will have Aamir crooning to Anu Malik's tunes. With his last film Mela a flop, is Aamir relying on singing his way to the bank?

Creating a Splash

Venkatesh Prasad and Javagal Srinath, the two Indian speedsters who didn't make it to Dhaka, would rather spend their effort on their website, www.VSplash.com, rather than brood over their exclusion. The website offers five simple steps to build personal websites in all categories. With Srinath's skills as an engineer and a franchise for Aptech, it seems a step in the right direction.

Murdoch in the Making?

The e-biz bug has bitten Vijay Mallya too. The beer baron launches Kingmedia, a company to handle e-biz. His portal, called what else but Kingfisher.com, will have, among other things, news and current affairs! That's not his only foray into media, he's also made provisions for a TV software production.

Dimple to Dazzle Again

The actress who gave ace performances in Rudaali, Saagar and Kaash returns to cinema after a long break. Dimple Kapadia will begin shooting for debutant director Farhan Akhtar, son of veteran writer Javed Akhtar, in a film that has Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan. The story: about a young artist (Akshaye) who falls in love with Dimple. A more beautiful Muse he would not find.

Saying it With Love

Actors Joy Sengupta and Kitu Gidwani had a tough day at work the other day. The reason being that Govind Nihalani's new film Deham, which is being made in Hindi and English, is being shot chronologically and the love scene came first. After such a sizzling start, the rest of the film, we are sure, would be a cakewalk for the cast and crew.

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