OUTLOOK Monday 15 January, 2001
Real-Life Rangeela

The little birdie’s back, this time with an official rumour. Bollywood’s abuzz with the ‘news’ that Rhea Pillai has at last decided that it’s time to teach husband Sanjay Dutt a lesson or two for his amorous ways and has filed for a divorce. The cause for this friction? You guessed it—Sanju baba’s more than flirtatious relationship with Preity Zinta.

Brand-New Bakra

But here’s some good news from Cyrus ‘Bakra’ Broacha. Mumbai’s most eligible bachelor became a bakra in real life last week when he tied the knot with his muse for five years, Ayesha Monani, a freelance photographer. Guess Broacha couldn’t stay away from the cameras for too long—soon after the registered marriage, the couple didn’t waste any time on honeymoon. They were spotted in their offices the very next day!

The Man and His Mean Machine

Guess what was the curiosity element when renowned physicist Stephen Hawking landed in Mumbai last week? No, not his Black Hole theory. It was instead his state-of-the-art wheel-chair, mounted with a computer and a voice synthesiser. In India to attend an international conference, the celebrated author of A Brief History of Time, who suffers from motor neuron disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is excited to find and give some answers during his two-week stay in India.

A Role-model for Housewives

So can we now safely say that we Indians produce all the beautiful women in the world? Why not? After all, we have a Miss Universe, a Miss World, a Miss whatever else you can think of. And now we have the fourth beauty title of the year, the Mrs World 2001 in Aditi Govitrikar. Ain’t that proof enough of our claim? Being hailed as a ‘shining example to all married women with careers who want to achieve that extra something in life’, the lady with cognac eyes is aiming big in life—she’s already shooting for her first Hindi film. And if her Coke commercial with Hrithik Roshan is any indication of her acting prowesses, this lady surely knows what she wants in life. No?

Meaty Roles

Ever wondered what a medal in the Olympics can do to you? Ask Karnam Malleshwari. You get invited to ribbon-cutting ceremonies! You poll more votes than A.B. Vajpayee and are voted the Time South Asian of the year. And, to top it all, you have producers queuing outside your house with film roles! Did we hear you say something like make hay while the sun shines?

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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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