OUTLOOK Monday 24 December, 2001
Her Mother's Daughter

Sonia Gandhi’s iftar party last week in the capital wasn’t about the invitees or the notable absentees. If Harkishen Singh Surjeet, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Somnath Chatterjee, Ram Vilas Paswan, Amar Singh and the Egyptian ambassador were there, the Kargil coffins controversy hogged equal limelight. But one person who took away all the attention was Priyanka Gandhi, playing the perfect hostess. And yes, she wasn’t willing to answer any questions about her plunge into politics. Keep watching, she says.

Power Wedding

There are marriages, and then there are high-profile weddings where glamour, glitter and power blend into one. And when a Siyaram Silk Mills family girl is wedding into the Videocon family—Pooja Poddar with Anirudh Dhoot—you don’t expect anything less. Expectedly, the bride sported a Tarun Tahiliani creation studded with Swarovski crystals, and the packed Mumbai Turf Club had two dinner lounges—one common and the other for the vips. Guests spotted savouring the Italian and Mexican menu included Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Ambanis and Shahrukh Khan, among many others.

Jolie's Folly

Talk of religious sensitivity and here’s the latest. Angelina Jolie is reportedly facing a lawsuit from a religious Hindu body for her alleged religious “prejudice”. The scene in question? Her Tomb Raider, where “Hanuman” statues spring to life as demons before Jolie, as Lara Croft, blows them into pieces! Over to the epic battle now.

Shedding Clothes?

Wendell Rodricks has got guts—in what could well be one of the boldest displays of fashion yet, he made his delicious models put on his new collection right there on the stage before they swayed down the ramp to Remo Fernandes’ Indian Beyond at the Marriott Resort, Goa, last week. Malaika Arora, Sheetal Mallar and Vidisha Pawate, among others, changed many times in front of as many raised eyebrows and wry grins. One moment of particular interest to many men was when Malaika took longer than she intended to, before getting into a generous “piece”.

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  • 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!
  • Blink, and you’ll travel back to the glory days of disco, with Cardi B’s multi-­coloured jumpsuit transporting you effortlessly. But, disaster struck at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Man­chester, when this splendid  garment gave way along its nether seams, hurrying poor Cardi  offstage.  The singer arrived minutes later in a bathrobe, the picture of unfl­a­ppability. “We gonna keep it sexy,”  she crooned. That is style.


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