OUTLOOK Monday 31 December, 2001
A Decade of News

A decade in Delhi and The Pioneer celebrated it in style last week in the capital. The venue? Of course The Imperial and its Raj-styled premises—a fitting tribute to former columnists Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill. And when editor and MD Chandan Mitra stepped aside to let Vinod Mehta, the first editor, cut the cake, the sense of camaraderie was only too obvious. Even the PM couldn’t escape the infectious mood—addressing those present at a symposium organised for the occasion, he paused between Chandan Mitra and mitron, saying it was a good sign that one followed the other.

Fighting Queens

If you are a purist, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas is not for you. In Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s original, Paro and Chandramukhi never meet. Guess what is Bhansali’s climax scene? A “dance competition” between Mrs Nene and Aishwarya Rai, apart from a heavy dose of some “acidic dialogues”. Some concession to market demands, huh?

Erotica on the Coffee Table

Song and dance over a book? No less than Shubha Mudgal and Shovana Narayan sang and danced in celebration of Indian Erotica. Roli’s launch of India Habitat Centre’s art consultant Alka Pande and British photographer Lance Vane’s hot coffee-tabler was a rousing success, with all of Delhi’s page three crowd—aspirants and chroniclers—assembled to toast the event.

Heir Apparent

A swirl of memories, hundreds of sloganeering supporters and thousands of banners—the AICC headquarter in the capital last week surely never looked the same in the recent past. Quite fittingly, the occasion was the induction of Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Harvard-Stanford alumnus son of the late Madhavrao, into the Congress. Here’s wishing all the best for this 30-year-old’s plunge into the dust and grind of Indian politics.

  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.


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