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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  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.
  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.