OUTLOOK Monday 21 May, 2001
Discovery of India

Paris-based former Life magazine and National Geographic photographer Harmit Singh’s 30-year odyssey in search of the timeless India has been rather frustrating. “The more I travel, the less I’m inspired,” complains the world-famous photographer who first shot Jaisalmer for the western world. “Everything has become so ugly, the old cities and landscapes are disappearing so fast.” So he is now focusing on a new project: recreating an Indian city in its pristine state.

Strip Act

Manisha Koirala is again in news. Watch out for her strip act in Kamalahaasan’s Abhay. Now, didn’t we hear her saying some time back that she doesn’t believe in stripping unless the role demands it. Wonder how important is the scene in the film.

Mani Matters

Rani Mukherjee has her fundas right, money matters more for her than the director’s reputation. She reportedly walked out of a Mani Ratnam film recently because he refused to pay the amount she was asking. Who cares for the career when money’s flowing.


National squash champion Bhuvaneshwari Kumari is on a new mission these days—she wants to set up a squash academy in Delhi. But there’s a major hitch—convince the babudom that our talent bank is virtually empty. Now, that would surely take some persuasion, it seems.

Queen's B

Surprise, surprise. Amitabh Bachchan may well be the star attraction during the 150-day-long celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in Britain next year. Already a number of Bollywood stars and starlets have reportedly been contacted for the show in Blackburn, near Manchster. Some desi dreams this, surely.

Cowgirl Blues

Baywatch’s speedo girl has done it again—take off her clothes. But it’s different this time. Moved by the plight of the Indian cows, Pamela Anderson auctioned her sweater recently for one thousand dollars. No, the Playboy cover girl isn’t switching roles. She’s also a vocal animal rights activist. Indian cows are just incidental.

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • 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.