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!

  • A fashion show dedicated to the glorious ‘modern’ possibilities of the saree seemed in danger of design hyperbole, had it not been for the stupendously stunning results obtained when Adidti Rao Hydari and Diana Penty wrapped their nine yards. The rest were a cross between wannabe gowns and strenous echoes of ancient India, one example being this monstrosity in white (above).
  • Swatted aside by rivals Barca in two El Classicos, and kicked out from the Champions League by Ajax, a whimpering Real Madrid—their rhythm hitting  serious notes of  the blues, had to sack manager Santiago Soleri. Enter Zinedine Zidane, the magic man who delivered nine trophies  before resigning last May. Can Zizou do it without Ronaldo? Let’s see.
  • Right. Another line-up of pretty youngsters photographed against another (fancy) brick-wall. The cast of Malang has Kunal Kemmu, Aditya Roy Kapur and the delectable Disha Patani. But who’s the third man here...the young spark grinning away like an ingenue at his first photoshoot? None other than Anil Kapoor, our ’80s Lakhan who lost many kilos, added oodles of mojo and now runs with the hares. Salut!
  • The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.


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