Glitterati
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.

Elsewhere

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
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