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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  • 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.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.