OUTLOOK Monday 08 July, 2002
Captive Moments

For once home minister L.K. Advani couldn’t hold his tears. It was an emotional Advani at the launch of his book, A Prisoner’s Scrap Book, released by Prime Minister Vajpayee in the capital this week, to mark the 27th anniversary of emergency.

Raining Sizzlers

If you haven’t yet caught a glimpse of the mast girl in her latest sizzler, Agnivarsha, give it a miss at your own peril. Seems like Bollywood can’t wait to see Raveena Tandon set the screens on fire in the film. But the little girl’s big parivar’s shocked at some heavy-duty scenes—with Prabhu Deva—raining on the small screen every day. The lady’s denied anything about it, but the gupshups have only added to the curiosity content of the film. Happy watching.

Economics of Success

From Gudiya to Pizza Hut. Amartya Sen’s daughter Nandana Sen’s now resting her hopes on Malayalam filmmaker Shyamaprasad’s first English movie Bokshu, The Myth. Here’s hoping the film’s mystic-adventure quality, picturised in Hampi and the Himalayas, does the magic for the lady in question.

Classical Rap

After ex-hubby Nitin Bali stretched his vocal chords, ex-Channel V VJ Ruby Bhatia’s reportedly ready with her “hip, hop, Bhangra-style” songs. The lady’s serious about her new “vocation”—taking lessons from Ustad Musthafa Khan. From Bhangra to classical music. Heavens help us from this exotic range.

Star By Default

How the stars changed. Preeya Kalidas should have been the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams. Instead, it is the magnetism of Ayesha Dharker that stole the spotlight on stage. The wet sari rendering of Shakalaka Baby was only a part of it. Almost everything Rani-the-spoilt-filmstar does on stage is memorable. Not the sourest of British critics—and there have been some—could fault Ayesha on this one. And of course, the applause has spoken louder than words.

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  • When elders were struggling to lift, let alone read, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, most of us were in shorts or babbling in the cradle, if we were there at all. Good for us that now Mira Nair is in charge of a BBC-backed series based on it, and that Tabu (seen here with Ishaan Khatter in this ‘first look’) will probably play Lata, bride of the titular boy. “...Epic tale of an unseen India,” says Nair. Unseen, eh? Let’s see.
  • Everyone who’s hurt those  sharply slanted eyes, spurned those ruby-red lips, has had cause to reg­ret. For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has turned all heartbreaks and slurs into award-winning lyrics—everything is grist to her songwriting mill. The result is 29  wins at the American Music Awards (six this year, and five more than Michael Jackson managed). Plus  fanatical fans would rejoice  at her being named both artist of the year and that of the decade. If these boys are asking her to ‘shake it off’,  they’ll have cause for regret.
  • Two women sitting on laps of men, glad, artificial grins plastered over their faces...you’d be forgiven to think such things are embarrassingly passe in the 21st century. It’s evidently not in Bollywood. And so, the comedy Good Newwz, starring Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay and Kareena, will possibly live up to its tagline: ‘the biggest goof-up of the year’. A comedy about IVF, did you say? We shudder in anticipation.
  • 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.