OUTLOOK Monday 02 July, 2001
Celebrity Chess

Fide world chess champion Vishy Anand calls his upcoming match against Vladimir Kramnik, the “Other World Champion” who prised the crown from Kasparov last October, in Mainz, Germany, as just another match. He’s been relaxing in his Spanish home near Madrid for a couple of months now. But his sponsors back home are hopping mad. Rajesh Pawar, NIIT CEO, has been on the line with Anand every few days inquiring about the preparations. Anand will also give a simultaneous display against 40 opponents at the same festival—20 of these will be German celebs, the rest chosen on the basis of bids by enthusiasts.

Period Dreams

Septuagenarian director Tapan Sinha has every reason to believe that his much-awaited comeback film, Daughters of This Century, will be a commercial success. After all, this three-hour narrative of five separate plots features three showville prima donnas—Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bachchan and Nandita Das, besides Deepa Sahi and Sulabha Deshpande. So between Tagore’s Jibito-o-Mrito and Dibyendu Palit’s Kaanch, there’s one theme in the movie—our indifference to womenfolk.

Damsel In....

Aishwarya Rai ko gussa kyon aata hai? She’s angry when the media spends more time “speculating” on her possible marriage with Salman Khan than anything “constructive”. Rai now wants to put an end to this “gossip”, which she claims has even assumed communal overtones. “You misquote people, put words in their mouth and the issue becomes very very grave and sensitive,” she said recently. The lady surely sounds hassled and peeved with newshounds. Guess it’s time for some good reviews of her movies.

Guardian Angels

There’s life after being almost dead. After a near-fatal accident, designer Hemant Trivedi is now celebrating his comeback—he’s the first Asian designer to be re-invited for a show at the Collexion Premier Dusseldorf fair in Germany this August. And in the meantime, he’s busy choreographing for a mind-boggling eight-couture show this season.

Snap Shots

Ask Mohammed Jaffer of SNAPS India who’s the most photogenic leader of the free world, and he’d say Bill Clinton before you can blink your eye. A member of the high-profile White House entourage that visited the quake-ravaged Gujarat in April, Jaffer’s photo-exhibition, which Clinton opened last week in NY, has the former US prez in some interesting never-before-seen poses. Labour of love?

Foul Play?

Did Lara Dutta call up to console Tiger Woods for failing to extend his Grand Slam Winning streak to five last week? We don’t know that as yet, but it seems the Tiger has been showing a little more than usual interest in our own Indian beauty. From millionaire to billionaire and from baseball to golf, last year’s Miss Universe seems to be touching new heights. She’s believed to have cut short some of her duties in the build-up for the Miss Universe 2001 event to make an electric appearance at the Tiger Jam IV, a charity event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Remember, some time back Lara was reportedly dating Derek Jeter, the millionaire baseball star for the New York Yankees, who recently split with his long-time girlfriend, Joanna Jagoda. Both Jeter and Tiger have denied being an item with Lara, but have admitted to looking for the Ms Right. And, it seems Lara knows it!

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  • Bollywood must be dreading  the Calcutta International Film Festival—a stentorian call from the CM...the unenlightening prospect of a day full of drumbeats. However, there is no respite for Shahrukh (Amitabh fell ill at an opportune  period). Though flanked by filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Mamata herself and Sourav, the stage-show was stopped by the bonhomie between Rakhee and SRK: singing along a pat­riotic Rabi­ndrasangeet and reminiscing  about the sets of Baazigar.
  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • 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.