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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  • 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.