OUTLOOK Monday 07 July, 2003
A Cushioned Ride

Looks like videshi’s edging out the enduring symbol of swadeshi at Race Course Road. The PM’s got a new car: a sleek black BMW. But can the PM take to the roads in it without worry? Security experts suggest some more decoy BMWs to deflect attention might be a good idea. Meanwhile, drivers given the ‘ultimate driving test’ complain of the car’s security-enhanced heaviness. Well, so long as the nation has a smooth ride.

Jhatka Matka

Shilpa Shetty may make the all-too-familiar star appearance for police questioning in Surat, where her father spent the week in judicial custody last week (allegedly, in case you had not heard, for using underworld connections to collect a stalled payment to his daughter). The Shetty’s lawyer, though, insists the original item number girl, who’s away shooting in Bangalore, will not be called because “she has nothing to do with it”. Sounds like a great Bollywood plot!

Dog Days Ahead

Rishi Kapoor is now fighting destiny— the persistent Kapoor gene which eventually trips the clan from stardom to fatdom. He’s on a slimming spree. There is pressure at home: from lithe daughter Riddhima and fitness freak wife Neetu Singh. And there is pressure outside: an upcoming role in Mukul Abhyankar’s thriller flick Dogs, where he’ll get to team up with the Big B again.

Three Takes

Deepa Mehta is on the Hollywood-Bollywood shuttle again. After canning romantic film Republic of Love, she’s now home on a star-hunt for a bilingual film. The new catch: lustrous Kareena Kapoor opposite wooden favourite Rahul Khanna. PS: Rumour has it she’s doing Pritish Nandy Communications’ next: a remake of Sahib, Biwi aur Ghulam with Salman Khan.

Ticking Away

She’s there wherever it’s ticking. Not quite the bombshell in the noodle straps from World Cup days, but Mandira Bedi—in flaming red—still stole the show at the Timex Billennium celebrations. Having just clocked its billionth watch worldwide, Timex Watches Ltd chose India, the land of a billion people, to mark this signpost. A billion people, ergo a billion watches.


  • On a TV show last week Cameron Diaz pointed out happily that her nipples were visible through the dress fabric.

  • The final film of the Star War series will be titled Episode III: An Empire Divided, says newshounds on the internet.

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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.