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OUTLOOK Monday 25 June, 2001
Hall of Fame

What does Baichung Bhutia have that Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t? Not money, and certainly not half as much fame! But the nimble-footed Sikkimese superstar now has a stadium named after him. The Alleytar stadium in Tinkitam, a village 20 km from Namchi, from where Bhutia hails, was rechristened in his name recently. Here’s hoping this is some solace for our star. After all, his stint with Bury FC isn’t really taking off despite all his skills.

Alpha Adam

Adam Bedi? Who’s he? Silly, Kabir Bedi’s son from his second wife, Susan. Now, here’s a boy to watch out for. With his pop’s deep, clear eyes and aquiline nose, and doting celeb folks always there, Adam’s planning to hit it big in the Indian entertainment industry. He comes home with a one-year course in performing arts from Queen Mary’s college, England. And, before he takes the plunge, he’s also armed himself with other avenues, scuba diving for one. Just so that he doesn’t sink.

Oh Deah!

She was the face behind the Clinic All Clear, Clorets and Ponds ads. She’s an actress, is trained in Bharatanatyam and a semi-professional salsa dancer. She’s now a VJ too. Obviously, she has to be young and a chatterbox. Isn’t that what she’s paid for? Watch out for the vivacious 21-year-old Deah Jagasia, B4U’s hostess for their Just Request Show. No, there’s nothing wrong with the way she spells her name—she’s a great believer in astrology. And now she’s looking Bollywoodwards. Now, that’s astral turf.

Mr Backpacker

Milind Gunaji is on a roll these days. Even as the third edition of his first book, Majhi Mulukgiri, is just out in the market, the actor-columnist is already ready with the second one. Titled Bhatkanti Mee, this one too, like the earlier one, is based on his travels around Maharashtra. So watch out for an overdose of forts, lakes and virgin mountains.

Dodging Starlet

Kate Winslet as Mother Teresa? You must be joking! The Titanic star has at last put to rest all rumours that she’s willing to star in an Indian-produced biopic. Because, for the time being, she’s got her hands full. A project with Geoffrey Rush, of Quills fame, for which both of them received Oscar nominations, is presently taking most of her time. And, certainly, Mother Teresa doesn’t really fit into her scheme of things for the moment.

Love in Shimla

Surprise, surprise! The little birdie’s here once again and this time she’s back with the biggest scoop of them all. Guess who she bumped into the other day. Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia, quietly nestled away in Wild Flower Hall, Oberoi’s hill resort at Mashobra, just beyond Shimla. Now, we are not sure what they were doing there, tucked away in the back of the beyond. With no shoot happening anywhere nearby, your guess is as good as ours. While pretty Dimple looked as resplendent and charming as ever, macho-man Sunny had his entire mobile gym specially flown in all the way from Mumbai. Some dedication, we’d say, to musclepower.



  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
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