OUTLOOK Monday 27 January, 2003
Fashion's Flight

The question is: “Kapde nahin to fashion kaisa?” But the pleasant shock-value was the idea behind the Kingfisher Swimsuit calendar—Yana Gupta, Ujjwala Raut, Vidisha Pavate... sizzling like never before on the beaches of Mauritius. Shahrukh and Preity Zinta graced the launch party at Indigo in Mumbai. Post-party talk of the town: in a beery good mood, Vijay Mallya took his friends to Goa on his Boeing 727. Wow!


Former prime minister I.K. Gujral had many eminent friends for company at the launch of his book on Continuity & Change: India’s Foreign Policy. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in a white shirt and cream bandhgala, launched the book, and former Sri Lankan foreign minister L. Kadirgamar received the first copy.

Break Point

For a guy who looks like he was always weak in math, and a bit dull in arts too, Abhishek Bachchan’s undeserving trophy, from a male perspective, was Karisma Kapoor. The news of their break-up has come now, though, according to a source, the deed was done over a month ago. While friends are either tight-lipped or ignorant, one “friend” saw it coming for a long time—“there were differences between the families. They were not compatible.” Though not yet confirmed, it’s believed that Babita’s interference in every issue of the wedding may have been a contributing factor.

Ashes to Ashes

Sir Vidia ko gussa kyon ata hai? Because of the “unresolved Tehelka imbroglio”. On Tuesday, the Nobel laureate, with wife Nadira, stood by their long-time friend Tarun Tejpal and expressed “faith” in what the portal was doing. Expectedly, he was at his caustic best: “Good journalism is important, especially for a country like India that has a history of being closed and repressed. I hope something good comes out of the ashes of Tehelka.” We hope so too, sir.

Digital Dreams

P.C. Sriram is shooting India’s first full-length film without any film—Vaanam Vasappadum will be fully shot in high-definition digital format. Eliminating flutter, weave, dirt and scratches, digital cinema brings stunning premier quality cinema, just as the director intends. Says he: “Like all other technological advancements in cinema, its effectiveness depends on how well it is used.”

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  • 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!
  • Blink, and you’ll travel back to the glory days of disco, with Cardi B’s multi-­coloured jumpsuit transporting you effortlessly. But, disaster struck at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Man­chester, when this splendid  garment gave way along its nether seams, hurrying poor Cardi  offstage.  The singer arrived minutes later in a bathrobe, the picture of unfl­a­ppability. “We gonna keep it sexy,”  she crooned. That is style.


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