OUTLOOK Monday 25 November, 2002
Wind-Blown Dupatta

Make no mistake. Shaadi or no shaadi, the would-be Bachchan bahu is on a high. After Fiza, Shakti, Zubeida et al the fling with“intense” roles seems to be khatam. It’s back to “happy” roles. Right now, that means the lead in Tinu Verma’s Baaz. But Lolo’s planning her career graph carefully. “I want to strike a balance between commercial and serious films.” Pearls of wisdom.

Birthday Bonhomie

“It’s always a nice feeling whenever friends drop in.” As if they ever needed an excuse to be with the venerable journalist Sham Lal. But this time it was his 90th birthday and the company of friends and disciples was all but mandatory. The bonhomie was palpable—Dileep Padgaonkar, Bipan Chandra, Mohit Sen, Prem Shankar Jha and Inder Malhotra and others paid tributes to a friend, mentor and guide. Happy birthday, sir.

Of Clubs And Celebs

From the lush greens of the dlf golf club to a 5-star hotel, it was all about clubs and putts last week in the capital. And when the do—this one hosted by ex-BILT chief L.M. Thapar and his suave nephew Gautam Thapar—is for international golfer Vijay Singh, even a diamond stud-sporting Leander Paes has to give way. Spotted: Neena Gupta in a bright red saree with a strappy black blouse. Thankfully, unlike other celebrity stars descending here, the Fijian Indian who washed up on native shores was obliging all autograph hunters. This suited everyone to a tee.

Gate Crashers

“We love you Mr Bill Gates, not only for your looks but also for your deeds,” gushed health minister Shatrughan Sinha at a reception in the capital. That set the tone for the evening. Once the half-a-dozen-odd speeches were over—by Gates himself and Asha Bhosle among them—it was time for autograph hunters to take over the floor. Overheard, a guest: “Mr. Gates, you are my idea of the ideal man. You are rich and you are powerful.” Beat that for simplicity.

Star Couple

Don’t know if Suhel Seth would like to be called a matchmaker. Star TV CEO Peter Mukherjee first met Indrani at a “small drinks” party thrown by Seth some time back. The two got married last Sunday, and, fittingly, Seth again had a reason to host a do. And when it’s him partying, expect big names—the perennial Page 3 suspects led by the irrepressible Amar Singh. The star of the evening was Arun Jaitley. And for a change, Prannoy Roy too made one of those rare “social” appearances.

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  • Though the Russians presented a united front of splendrous symmetry, winning golds in synchronised swimming at the FINA world championships at Gwangju, S. Korea, we only have eyes for the Italians, caught here in the glistening throes of a cascading collapse, arms linked and eyes cocked. Olgas and Tatianas hit the podium; Giulias and Francescas smacked us hard in the solar plexus.
  • She takes after her mother in so many ways: the shape of her  face, that smile, the way her hair  tumbles back. He, as you all can see, is an image of his dad (has he inh­erited that two-generation-old dimple?) Saif and Amrita Singh’s children Sara and Ibrahim Ali Khan are holidaying in England. This casual, happy chat over some Earl Grey does confirm what they say—the siblings are inseparable.
  • It’s bad enough to earn millions while having a talent for nothing exc­ept indecently hogging attention; it’s worse to lay claim to a venerable tradition in service to one’s base business ins­tinct. But what do you expect from Kim Kardashian, who had the audacity to name her upcoming shapewear line (to be worn inside) ‘Kimono’. While you condemn her for the usual  self-centredness (as millions did), laud her for knowing something  about a place as further afield as Japan. The  name, thankfully, stands withdrawn.
  • Though the Trinamool cut a sorry figure, then took its rev­erses badly, our favourite MPs from Bengal—close pals  and actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, were unt­ouched by the sour petulance. Fresh from Nusrat’s wedding in Turkey, and so absent when other MPs took their oaths in Parliament, the duo did the needful later, not forgetting to use ‘Jai Bangla’. Didi is happy; can’t say we aren’t, too!


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