OUTLOOK Monday 13 August, 2001
Marital Miss

The sparkle in her eyes is unmistakable—our own Kannada babe, Vidisha Pavate’s all set to tie the knot with Italy’s hot fashion photographer, Darren Centofanti later this month. There will be two weddings, a traditional shaadi spread over three days at Bangalore’s West End hotel, followed by a church wedding in Adelaide a month later. The lovely bride-to-be is but keeping her costume a big secret. And if she could help it, she wants Darren to come riding an elephant!

Lucky Mascot

With three hits in a row, guess who’s the lucky mascot of a beleaguered Bollywood? Amisha Kaho Na Pyar Hai Patel with a strike rate of 100! If Gadar completed the hat-trick after KNPH and Badri (Telugu), all eyes are now on Amisha and her forthcoming films—Suno Sasurji with Aftab Shivdasani and Family No. 1 with Sallu. We are waiting, Amisha, with all ten fingers crossed.

Jackie aur Jackie

No, this one’s not about Jackie Shroff’s reported escapades (read schmooching and coochie-cooing) with Ritu Shivpuri on the sets of an under-production film or that he’s simply awesome in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Pitah. Our resident little birdie tells us that he’s doing a film on martial arts with, who else, Jackie Chan. Prize catch, Jackie.

Cross-Border Revelry

Javed Akhtar skipped it and chief guest Zohra Sehgal couldn’t stay on till the end because she had to return her pet parrot to its cage for the night. But the third Jashn-e-Bahar mushaira in the capital last week had everything—a number of well-known poets and some equally crisp Urdu poetry.

Two Minutes and Twenty-Two Crores

Have you seen Siyaram’s latest ad campaign featuring Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea? Okay, the punchline remains the same, but it has many more firsts to its credit. At Rs 22 crore, it’s probably the costliest ad made till now. And with a running-time of 120 seconds, it’s, according to industrywallahs, the longest running campaign till date. Talk of creativity, and this one takes the cake. No?

Wife Act

Big B might have hogged all the limelight, and the headlines of course, during his visit to the City of Joy some time back, but wife Jaya Bachchan made more substantive news. At the annual Bengal Film Journalists’ Association awards ceremony, Lady B caused quite a flutter, announcing her intent to make a Bengali film, with the shooting to begin later this year. Remember, she’s no newcomer to Collywood—she has acted in some Bengali films, but that was a long long time ago. Jaya Bachchan is quite determined to complete the shooting schedule within a month. Probable directors? Nothing final yet, but could well be either Sandip Ray or Raja Mitra. Looking forward, then.

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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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