OUTLOOK Monday 10 September, 2001
Inching Up

National squash champion Ritwik Bhattacharya has broken through the 100 barrier—the 22-year-old Delhi boy is ranked 94th in the world and figures among the top 8 in Asia. Now isn’t this something to raise a toast for? And you thought we only have a Tendulkar.

Fashion Fundas

If I&B minister Sushma Swaraj wants to ban ftv in India, wonder whether she got an invite to the just-concluded India Fashion Week. If not, we show you a model with a Rohit Bal creation. Or maybe, we shouldn’t have. But, oh... we have.

The Merit Man

Curator Rajiv Sethi was recently honoured with the Order of merit of the state of Lower Saxony by HE Heimo Richter, the German ambassador to Delhi, for his pavilion, the Basic Needs, at the Expo 2000, Hannover. Covering 7,000 sq meters and built in more than 50 countries, the project was conceived and curated by Sethi with a budget of more than $20 million.

Hurricane Rock

Bangalore never was rocked by such a hurricane. And at the end of it, the 35,000-strong crowd at the Scorpions’ maiden concert in India couldn’t stop jiving till late in the night. No wonder, the Winds of Change is sweeping Bangaloreans off their feet.

Southward Bound

Is Mrs Nene moving south? According to the latest Bollywood rumour, Madhuri Dixit has confirmed dates for a Rs 8-crore mega venture, Jagajanani. Our lady with the 1,000-watt smile, reportedly, plays Santoshi Ma in the film with Tabu playing Mayadevi. Wonder why Mrs Nene has taken Yeh Raaste’s failure so seriously. Madhuri, you still have fans up north.

New Babe on the Block

The suspense is over now and this time the confirmation comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Our very own songbird, Anaida, is off to Hollywood to star in a flick. “Yes I have been offered a role in an English film, but I cannot say anything about it right now,” she was quoted as saying recently. Now with such a tag to go with her vocal chords, surely Bollywood couldn’t really be too far away?

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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.