OUTLOOK Monday 26 May, 2003
Cherry on the Cake

The day will be when Cherie Blair wears a sari and no one notices. But that day is still far away. At the evening of the Asian Women Achievement Awards in London last week, she turned up in a cream and much zari-ed sari with Begum Inaara Aga Khan, and everyone noticed. Cherie has stepped into Indian evenings in a sari before, and everyone knows she has never looked better. Next, a posed picture with her in a sari and Tony Blair in the Nehru jacket he wore in Bangalore. And a long holiday in India that might come sooner than they planned.

Copy Wrong

After Karishma Kapoor’s much-publicised debut on TV was nixed following an equally-publicised stay order this week, the battle, it seems has just begun. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford, who has alleged copyright infringement on her work Woman of Substance by the producers of Sahara TV’s Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny, has vowed to fight Bollywood’s “hour by hour” rape of foreign works, from Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon and many others. Says her husband, Robert: “They’re stealing and pirating property. And then they have the gall to seek Indian rights for the film in the US!”

Greek Holiday

Now you know it was a serious affair. Abhishek Verma, he of FERA violations infamy, will soon have a new claim to fame: friends reveal the London-based businessman is to marry Miss Greece 2001, Evelina Papantoniou. The ‘grand’ wedding is being planned aboard a ship in Goa in traditional Indian style, with the Greek bahu in a sari and tika, followed by a “crazy” party for 3-4 days.

World Music

You’ve known her better as the gritty MEA spokeswoman. But did you know that Nirupama Rao was more famous in her college as the one half of the singing Menon sisters? Later this month, Rao will regale music lovers with her rendition of operatic arias, jazz and gospel music in Delhi. No stage fright for her, surely.

Soap Opera

This is the stuff real-life soaps are made of. Guess what actor-turned-entrepreneur Mithun Chakraborty is busy with these days? His recently-launched three brands of detergent powder—Khushi, Pakhi and Cygnus. The press release for the launch ran thus: Megastar Mithun Chakraborty who has cleaned the dirt and squalor of innumerable movies, is out to do it again, literally!


  • Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her three-month-old son, Caspar, are recovering after a serious car crash in London.

  • In 1998, she was fined for her racial comments. Brigitte Bardot has done it again, with her new book, A Scream In the Silence.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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