OUTLOOK Monday 05 May, 2003
Thirty 'Dulkar

“I just want to go on an on. It’s hard to imagine life without cricket.” Sachin Tendulkar turned 30 this Thursday. The bash at Mumbai’s Tendulkar’s had friends and family recall memories of the boy-next-door who made it big in the cricketing world. Celebrations continued on the sets of a special espn-Star Sports programme too, with the birthday boy doing the honours of cutting a ball-shaped cake.

Seven Lives

It’s official: Priyanka Chopra isn’t going to be the next Bond babe. And then The Hero bombed on the b-o. But the leggy ex-Miss World isn’t sulking about a career which is heading nowhere. “People have noticed me,” she said recently. What next? The yet-to-be-released Andaaz, plus seven more flicks. Buckle up for a surfeit of Priyanka soon: as a pop star in Kismet, a housewife in Deodhar Gandhi and as a reporter in Plan. Wow.

Rocky Rides

A rare find in Dry-Clean-Only ville, he’s shown he isn’t afraid of tying the professional knot. Mumbai designer Rocky S—a label attracting a cloud of stardust supporting his “fun clothes”—has been happily bought out by the metropolis’ famous store Benzer. Besides, he’s come on board as its in-house consultant. He’s all smiles about losing his label, and with it, the “headache of marketing and managing Rocky S.”

Celebrity Parade

Can the world’s most-marketed yogi, Bikram Choudhary, pull it off? If he does, it’ll be a never-ending fleet of stars, politicians and others at his week-long ‘expo’ at Calcutta’s Salt Lake stadium this November. J Lo, he says, has promised to come. And Madonna? She’s apparently miffed with the yogi because he didn’t give her a “personal consult”.

Babe Watch

Trawl the Net and you’d come across pics of Baywatch babe Brande Roderick that we can’t print. But Bollywood’s hotting up to the news that former Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh’s one-film-old son, Ritesh (inset), is doing a flick, Out of Control, with Roderick. “All my friends want to be my body double,” he grins pleasantly. There’s more: a yet-unfinalised female interest No. 2.


  • Catherine Zeta Jones is angry. A Dutch website has posted her nude pictures, smoking and sunbathing in Mexico.

  • Prince Charles is a troubled father these days: he’s pretty anxious about his younger son Prince Harry’s chain-smoking.

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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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