OUTLOOK Monday 05 February, 2001
Busy Bee

Ayesha Dharker has her fingers in too many pies, shuttling between sets of Santosh Sivan’s Terrorist, Lucas’ Star Wars and a Merchant Ivory film. She’s playing Sita in a British rendition of Ramayan which has been invited to the National Theatre, London. Now, isn’t that the best thing you’d have asked for. We just hope she doesn’t burn her fingers. No?

Star Power

We’d like to call this the mother of all casting coups. At a time when dotcoms are falling like nine pins,, a financial portal, has roped in our three most highly-paid stars—Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar—to be a part of their campaign. The trio will feature separately in the website’s press and TV campaigns. We hear that while Hrithik and Sachin shot for the campaign Down Under, the Khan is expected to spare time for the shoot shortly.

Shifting Roles

First a physician, then a singer, and now a filmstar. Euphoria lead singer Palash Sen is changing profession once again. After successful albums like Dhoom and Phir Dhoom, Polly, as his friends call him, is now foraying into films with Meghna Gulzar’s Philhaal, opposite Sushmita Sen and Tabu. Is Silk Route’s Mohit listening?

Portrait of an Artist

The grand old man of Indian paintings, Prof Bhabesh Sanyal, is having a ball at the millennium triennale at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Breaking away from traditional norms, the organisers have decided to have a special retrospective of the master who’s celebrating his 100th anniversary. An obviously touched Sanyal was happy that “at least the paintings got a good dusting”, but also remembered to point out that none of them had any labels or dates on them!

Of Dream Debuts

It was the Dream Girl’s dream come true. Hema Malini’s daughters, Esha and Aahana, carried their mother’s legacy in classical dance recently in Mumbai when they enthralled a packed auditorium with their Bharatanatyam and Odissi styles. Mother Hema was there to encourage the two teenagers, who are also dreaming of films, as was grandmother Mrs Chakravarthy. Three cheers for the winsome trio.

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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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