OUTLOOK Monday 30 September, 2002
Roja Rewind

A decade after it hit headlines, Mani Ratnam’s Roja is ready for another release—this time it’s digitally remastered, with English subtitles. But why now? In the capital last week with A.R. Rahman for the film’s “international” release, Mani was ready for the obvious question. “Given the world’s attention on Kashmir, this is the best time.” Rahman sticks to the less political issues: “Roja shows that love can be the answer to the problems in the world.” Wait for the turnout.

Vocal Chords

This couple has done more than a couple of things together. Anooradha Sriram and Sriram Parasuram have got doctorates in world music (!) and both are Rahman regulars. The two have now teamed up again to score music for Mani Ratnam’s latest, Five Star. Three cheers to a happy and happening family.

Dream Gig

This one’s to all of you who “can’t get no satisfaction” listening to your favourite Stones numbers. Brace up to be blown off your feet early next year when rock n’ roll’s longest surviving act comes to India—Virgin Records recently announced they are bringing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for a couple of gigs. Bangaloreans rejoice. Calcuttans, don’t despair. Remember, the second venue is yet to be finalised.

Peace Summit

Here’s to peace on the peaks. Hoping to propose the Siachen glacier as a peace park for the future, a team of Indo-Pak climbers recently joined hands and ropes with world climbers to raise the Indian flag in the name of brotherhood in Europe. Having summitted Jungfrau, Mandip Singh Soin and Harish Kapadia now look forward to friendly Himalayan faceoffs.

Dubbed Beauty

Poor Kashmira Shah. Even while she was busy celebrating having bagged a “fabulous” role (at last!) in Roshni, the bad news came as a shocker—that her voice, according to buzz around, has been dubbed by Kunika. Obviously the Jungle girl was aghast. Did you know that, for a change, Shah wanted to do something different. The film doesn’t have any item numbers!

  • 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.
  • Parisians, and Berliners, have been playing at faux seaside frolicking in summers for nearly a century. Now, savant extraordinaire of fashion, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, rigged up a beach—complete with sand, sky and gentle, azure waves—for his show, defying the lengthening autumnal shadows. The venue: Paris’s Grand Palais. Star attendee: Pamela Anderson. How appropriate!
  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.


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