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!

  • When the biggest of the biggies blow their trumpet, Bollywood stands in attendance. At the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal (Bottom Right) in Udai­pur, Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman willingly colluded in a happy dance. Earlier, pop princess Beyonce (Bottom Left), generously tiara-ed and earringed, had lit up the sangeet festivities.
  • You’d believe if  someone told you this was a frieze, frozen in time, of a particularly opulent celebration. That painterly quality of Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas’s sangeet at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan owes much to the rich raiments of the bride, soon-to-be-wed Isha Ambani and Parineeti Chopra. National, international art­istes performed, Bollywood numbers thumped about and the light reflected from the assembled jewellery blinded many a man.
  • When he’s not driving expensive cars, Salman Khan enjoys a bit of bicycling too. Brand ambassador of breathtakingly scenic Arunachal Pradesh, he put on his cycling shoes (and a handsome Monpa jacket) for promoting the Mechuka Adventure Festival. Flanking him are Arunachal CM Pema Khandu (left) and MoS Kiren Rijiju.
  • The couple, warmed by wedding happiness, cooled by the temperate north Italian sun, have arrived in India; long live the party! Bollywood- loving types drooled over the strictly portioned photos; hope Deepika-Ranveer will let common photographers take a few at their Bangalore rec­eption to grace local albums too.


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