OUTLOOK Wednesday 19 June, 1996
Boombastic Show

AFTER his brief one-song appearance at the Film fare Awards night a couple of months ago, Shaggy, the reggae rapper, set Bombay on fire this week when he performed before a vast gyrating crowd. As the strains of the Boombastic rang out, his fans sprang to their feet, swaying and clamouring for more. Long queues pressed at the gates of Rang Bhavan and as one reveller said: "The show was a succes.''

Art of the Matter

HIS impish often self-deprecatory humour belies the earnestness of his purpose: battling the Hollywood juggernaut and keeping alive the creative genius. Anatole Dauman, septuagenarian film producer and indefatigable crusader for 'pure' cinema was in Delhi recently with a partial retro of the films he has produced since the late '40s for the likes of Robert Bresson, Alain Resnais, Nag-isa Oshima, Volker Schlon-dorff, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky and Wim Winders among others. "Freedom of creativity is under grave threat today," says Dauman. "Marketing is the new god." But as long as production houses like Dau-man's Argos Films keep chipping away at the commercial giants, good cinema cannot die.

The Language of Fashion

MY STERIOUS are the ways of celebrity veejays. Gorgeous Moroccan-Goan fashion model Laila Rouass has denied that it is her lack of Hindi that has led to the fashion store Pantaloon pulling out of Channel V's Pantaloon Fashion Police Show. "It was just a media-created misunderstanding," says Rouass, about the routine end of a 13-week contract. Fashion lies not in what you say but how you look.

Perks of Captaincy

MOHAMMED Azharuddin may have been born on the wrong side of the tracks but things certainly seem to have taken a turn for the better. Now it is only Armani and Rolex for the captain of the Indian team. His pen is Mont Blanc, his car a Mercedes Benz convertible and his watch apparently costs Rs 2 lakh. Yet he insists that he continues to be distressed by poverty. "I do my bit for charity but I cannot say more about it. But that should not stop me from buying nice things for myself," he explains. Who can say that the captain is not a caring and sharing man?

Olympian Tune

A hundred percussionists and a thousand singers will sing and drum to maestro Zakir Hussain's tune at the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic games this summer. Hussain, who composed the tune in three days, will conduct the eight-and-a-half minute opening composition along with co-composers Philip Glass and Mickey Hart. The story of the song is the primal tale of the original tribes that lived on earth centuries ago and later migrated to the five continents. Yards of silk will flow in the background, white pigeons will fly out of the drums and Zakir will be at the cen-tre of it all, the only Indian star, perhaps, at the Atlanta Olympics.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • 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.


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