OUTLOOK Monday 29 September, 2003
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It couldn’t have been a more impressive scoreboard. At Auction Replay in Bangalore last week, Sachin’s willow got the highest bid, Rs 3 lakh. Tony Greig picked up Harbhajan Singh’s famous hat-trick ball against the Aussies for Rs 55,000. And Saurav had good reasons to pick up the blazer Anil Kumble wore during the 1993 Sri Lanka tour for Rs 25,000: “It was the last time India won a series overseas.” The organisers too were much pleased—by the end of the do, they had collected Rs 11 lakh. And all for a cause: to raise funds for the underprivileged.

Mumbai Masala

Let’s roll out the carpet for some high-profile visitors from Hollywood. Naomi Watts, of The Ring fame, will be visiting Mumbai sometime in December this year to promote Merchant-Ivory’s latest offering, Le Divorce. Kate Hudson, the other star in the film, will, however, not accompany the cast on the India trip. Why? Because she’s pregnant.

Family Tradition

It was time to pay tribute to the stalwarts “who made serious journalism viable” and the new editor-in-chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, didn’t miss out on any names at the 125th anniversary celebrations of the newspaper in Chennai last Saturday. Welcoming Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, attorney-general Soli Sorabjee and others, Ram saluted The Hindu’s “constant interplay of continuity and change” since its first editorial on September 20, 1878. “It centrestaged two guiding principles for the daily, fairness and justice,” he said.

Displaced Dreams

Deposed Liberian dictator Charles Taylor wanted his daughters Blossom Neypon and Avenette Sirleaf to grow up in India where “girls remained virgins till they wed”. Seems like the girls aren’t too happy with Delhi culture. “People laugh at us, stare at us. Do we look like clowns? Haven’t Indians seen blacks before,” Avenette was quoted as saying recently. Delhiites, care to answer?

Kat's Paws

What’s with Katrina Kaif? We hear the leggy beauty’s not too happy with Boom. She claims she thought the film will be in English, for England, where “bikinis and kissing scenes are part of every film”. Says Kaif: “When I signed the film, I was not aware about Indian culture and tradition. Had I known it, I wouldn’t have done the film.” Now she says she’ll never expose! Wonder whose loss is it anyway!


  • The acting dynasty is going to expand soon. Charlie Sheen’s expecting his first baby from his wife Denise Richards.

  • Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s spreading her wings: she’s accepted a role in a remake of the French hit comedy, Taxi.

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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.