OUTLOOK Monday 09 July, 2001
Bhadralok's New Babe

Aparna Sen’s young daughter, Konkona, is certainly a chip of the old block. In her debut film Ak Je Chilo Kanya (There was a girl) by journalist-turned-director Subrata Sen, her drop-dead looks and acting prowess has everybody craving for more. A former student of St Stephen’s college, Konkona is not new to the stage. The theme may be foreign-inspired, but is certainly different from the run-of-the-mill Bengali stuff. No wonder there are enough offers for both the director and Konkona to keep themselves busy for some time.


When it comes to keeping your party from sinking, our politicians know they can always bank on the ever-obliging tribe of filmstars. So if the Samajwadi Party in UP has reportedly roped in the Big B to be the star attraction in their campaigns, the bjp is reportedly hiding an ace—Manisha Koirala. We don’t know as yet what is the svelte heroine’s decision, but Rajnath Singh is pretty confident that Manisha will eventually find his “charm” irresistible.

Pilgrim's Progress

Indian roads and barefoot pilgrims can be great levellers at times. Wipro chief Azim Premji was recently stranded on the road when he ran into the annual pilgrimage of the Warkaris from Sant Tukaram’s Alandi to Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Pandharpur in Mumbai. He did eventually make it to the cii-sponsored meet, but not before keeping the city’s creme-de-la-creme waiting for more than a couple of hours.

Life and Times of a Friend

It could well be the hottest story on newstands these days. For the first time, German rap star Sabrina Setlur has given a “personalised” interview to an Indian publication. Shw talks exclusively to Savvy about her life, “best friend” Becker and many more things. Has she accepted the Playboy offer to pose nude for them? Grab a copy now.

Family First

The irritating pati, patni aur woh saga in the Ganguly family has finally been put to bed. There’s some good news at last for them—Saurav Ganguly will be a dad this October. The god-fearing Gangulys are a happy unit now, especially after the media blew the lid over his escapades with Nagma. And with the baby due, the captain’s only praying for some more runs to forget his dreadful patch. Good luck.

Rich Heritage

Sachin’s wife Anjali Tendulkar’s parental bungalow in south Mumbai, a heritage building, will soon be known for something else. Pritish Nandy Communications is all set to transform the ground floor of the building into a unique “relaxation” hub called Moksh. It will have an oxygen bar where people, well, breathe oxygen that will be “distinctly different from the gas found elsewhere in Mumbai”. Moksh will also house a gym, a spa, a beauty saloon and a café#. And if you think this is a first, hold it. There has been an earlier attempt too to convert the ground floor of this old mansion—Parmeshwar Godrej had tried her hands on something similar some time back with all the accompanying hype. But it never took off.

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • 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.