OUTLOOK Monday 20 October, 2003
Three Slips, One Gully

Dressing Bengali style is in, especially during Puja time in Bengal. Last week it was Geoff Boycott, Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Shastri’s turn to put on the local togs at a “do” at Saurav Ganguly’s Behala residence. For once, the media was kept out. But Boycott the irrepressible didn’t let go: he warned the Indians to change techniques and tactics for their coming tour of Oz. Was it because of all that leg-pulling that they decided against dhotis?

Ezy Rider

Quick Silva! That’s how she galloped to glory. Bangalore-based Italian, Silva Storai, who made the city her home about two decades ago, created Indian Derby history—she saddled a winner home at the Deccan Derby in Hyderabad last week. The diminutive Storai fought off competition from the best bets in horse racing like Pesi Shroff to steer the stud Brown Sugar past the winning post.

Bouncing Beauty

No more sneak peeks at her million-dollar assets. After her 17-smooch debut in Khwahish, Jat babe Mallika Sherawat, we hear, has hired two bouncers—to save her from too-hot-to-handle lusty comments from admirers. Guys, don’t lose heart. Bollywood’s brand new sex symbol’s just playing it safe: the hunks are around to save her from all those “aggro” fans among you. Says she: “My bodyguards won’t keep my fans away from me.” Happy?

Imperial Ties

Five years after they met while walking their dogs in Delhi’s hip Defence Colony, Richard Holkar, son of the Maharaja of Indore, a gourmet and a writer among many other things, has decided to tie the knot with filmmaker and ex-model Pamela Rooks. “I am just waiting to complete some legal formalities and then we can take the plunge,” Richard was quoted as saying recently. Even the would-be couple’s earlier children: Richard’s Yashwant Rao and Sabrina, and Pamela’s son Ryan, are reportedly happy their parents have chosen for themselves.

Loaded Guns

Society veterans like Mehr Jessia, Bina Ramani and Sharon Prabhakar were there to rub shoulders with this year’s Provogue Society Young Achievers in Mumbai this Sunday. Dhanraj Pillay, who’s newly acquired a winning habit, got the loudest applause among all the other awardees which included Konkona Sen Sharma, Katrina Kaif and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee among others.


  • Kate Moss is taking acting lessons these days. Her friends say she’s keen to do films where she get a chance to speak!

  • Has Val Kilmer fallen on bad days? In LA recently, he charged $50 to pose for photos, making about $60,000 in two days.

  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.
  • Chinese audiences’ app­etite for Bollywood drama rages unabated. The latest one to have the Peking boys sta­m­pede into the theatres and Shanghai’s dames squeal in pleasant fright is Sriram Raghavan’s suspense thriller Andha Dhun (marketed also as Piano Player, shades of Truffaut crime caper here) starring Ayushmann and Radhika. Rs 219 crore in two weeks is a handily handsome strike rate. Long live our ‘soft power’.
  • CSK Watch In this glad season for the Chennai Super Kings, ace atta­cking spinner Imran Tahir has been a sight to behold—his tight-fisted, spread-armed sprint after a wicket popular as ever on and off the field. After another easy win, skipper Dhoni dared Tahir’s son for a race. We don’t know who won, but it dissolved into a softly-softly celebration. Can Uncle Cool do it like Dad? We doubt it.
  • A midfield sultan meets a ruling badshah on the sidelines of an amphitheatre. That would be Shahrukh’s London meeting with Arse­nal’s central scimitar, Mesut Ozil. After damning the hypocrisy in German mult­i­­cultur­ism, Ozil is in a smoother space. SRK, who is huge in Turkey,  where Ozil’s roots lie, got a (rather formal) welcome in Hindi too.


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