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.

  • 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.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.
  • Parisians, and Berliners, have been playing at faux seaside frolicking in summers for nearly a century. Now, savant extraordinaire of fashion, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, rigged up a beach—complete with sand, sky and gentle, azure waves—for his show, defying the lengthening autumnal shadows. The venue: Paris’s Grand Palais. Star attendee: Pamela Anderson. How appropriate!
  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.


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