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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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.