OUTLOOK Monday 27 August, 2001
War Machines

Move over theatre, the first silver screen presentation on the 40-day Kargil war from Bollywood is almost ready. Directed by Tinu Anand, the Rs 20 crore extravaganza—shot extensively in the upper reaches of Manali—has Sunny Gadar Deol, Tabu and the sexy Malaika Arora. The producers have aptly titled it Ma Tujhe Salaam. Is A.R. Rahman listening, especially when the title is a straight lift from one of his popular chartbusters of 2000? Our resident little birdie also tells us that even Amisha Patel is vying for a role in the magnum opus.

Mira's Masala

It’s Bollywood on her own terms. Filmmaker Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Soni Razdan, will hit Indian screens in October this year. Shot using a hand-held camera, the film is about an Indian family that reunites after a long time for a wedding in Delhi. If you missed a song and dance sequence in Kamasutra, here’s your chance to see it Mira Nair style.

New Babe on the Block

Celina Jaitley is on a roll these days. Just two days after she landed in Mumbai after a none-too-memorable Miss World pageant, our lady signed on the dotted line for Kalyug. A few days later she signed another film, this time opposite Ajay Jadeja and Sunil Shetty. And, now we hear that she’s replaced Ash in Feroze Khan’s home production with Fardeen. Some signing spree, no?

Cross-Border Rap

Bhangra pop star Sukhbir Singh has a new problem at hand. Pakistan intelligence agencies are reportedly unhappy with his rising popularity on their soil and they see more to his stage shows than mere entertainment hungamas. At last count, Sukhbir had visited the country 33 times in the recent past and is apparently very chummy with a number of important Pak personalities. Anyone special?

Choice No. 1

Shyam Benegal and Govinda may be two ends of a spectrum but if everything goes well, the improbable will happen soon—Benegal will direct Govinda in what he calls “a socio-political satire”. But will the star known to be the least professional character in the industry match up to Benegal’s standards? That will be question number one.

Prodigy's Grouse

Here’s a fervent appeal which you just cannot ignore. Child prodigy Tathagat Avtar Tulsi, fresh from Germany after a meeting with Nobel laureates, says Indian scientists were nasty with him and hatched a conspiracy to advertise his degrees as fake. Says he: “The 16 scientists were rude with me because I refused to share my theories with them. I don’t need to prove my calibre to them, but at least they should have been with me when I needed them the most.” Is anyone listening?

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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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