OUTLOOK Monday 29 January, 2001

Who says Bollywood is all about copying Hollywood. We too can boast of some firsts. A British theatre group is adapting the 1994 Salman-Madhuri hit Hum Aapke Hain Kaun into a musical titled Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral. Interestingly, Andrew Greenfield, who’s designing the play’s posters, has never seen a Hindi film in his life. Guess that’s why his poster is full of characters resembling gods and goddesses, surrounded with sparklers. Some imagination this!

Fact Weds Fiction

Eventually, Pulitzer winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s Bengali-style wedding went off swimmingly: not too swanky, not too reclusive. The people who mattered were there, including CM Buddhadev Bhattacharyya and his ex-boss Jyoti Basu, along with the city’s cognoscenti. For bridegroom Alberto Vourvoulias, Time mag staffer, it must have been a whale of a trip. No admission for journos and cameramen, but that didn’t prevent photos from appearing in papers the next day.

Queen Causerati

Guess who was the surprise guest at painter Manjit Bawa’s Lohri do at the capital’s Habitat World last week? Bianca Jagger, the ex-Mrs Mick Jagger, a card-holding member of the international causerati who promotes good causes with the same zest and passion as she collects her frequent-flier mileage. Quite naturally, when you have such high-profile guests to ogle at, who’s got the time for the chukundar keemas, the makke-ki rotis and sarson ka saags. No?

Doctor, Doctor

Cricket has always been 27-year-old Venkateshwarlu’s first love—he quit a promising career in long-distance running and became a physiotherapist instead. He’s been the Hyderabad Cricket Association (hca) physio for the last two years and boasts of being friends with the likes of Azharuddin and Venkatapathy Raju. Wonder whether he also doubles up as their emotional therapist in cricket’s hour of crisis.

Space Cowboys

The last time Prof Hawking lost a bet, he ended up giving a year’s subscription of Penthouse magazine to American astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Now, the Centre for Philosophy and Foundations of Science director, Ranjit Nair, has waged two cases of champagne against Hawking’s bet that physics would be redundant in the next 20 years. Nair’s confident to win and so are we, huh!

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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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