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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  • 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!
  • Blink, and you’ll travel back to the glory days of disco, with Cardi B’s multi-­coloured jumpsuit transporting you effortlessly. But, disaster struck at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Man­chester, when this splendid  garment gave way along its nether seams, hurrying poor Cardi  offstage.  The singer arrived minutes later in a bathrobe, the picture of unfl­a­ppability. “We gonna keep it sexy,”  she crooned. That is style.


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