OUTLOOK Monday 27 October, 2003
Duttaboy, Girl!

What do you do if you are starry-eyed, think you can act, but your debut film sinks without a trace at the box-office? Ask ex-Miss Universe Lara Dutta. After Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost’s nightmare, it seems like the Dutta girl’s taking things in her own hand. Literally. We hear Lara’s ‘threatening’ to do her own stunt scenes in Vikram Bhatt’s action flick Yuddh. And guess what the industry is talking about these days: of course, Lara’s ‘heroine’, John Abraham!

Evergreen Plot

Seems like Dev Anand is busy finalising his next big thing. Our resident little birdie flies in with the news that Devsaab, with son Suniel, was spotted in California’s exclusive Beverly Hills hotel last week. And who were they talking to on the fifth-floor suite—soul man Stevie Wonder and singer Frieda Paynes. Rest assured, it’s got nothing to do with Norah and Ravi Shankar.

Born-Again 61

The Big B’s emotion-filled, back-from-the-dead story formed a fittingly filmi backdrop for a do celebrating the return of the now debt-free and relaunched abcl on AB’s 61st birthday. Bollwyood came in hordes, among them, Dharmendra and Sanjay Dutt. The inner circle too was there: Amar Singh and Anil Ambani.

Sweep To Fine Leg

For those who are happy to litter, guess who’s cleaning up after you? Shahrukh Khan, with the charitably over-dressed former Miss World Priyanka Chopra in tow. King Khan bent his ailing back last week to flag off a ‘Clean the City’ campaign in Mumbai by sweeping at the Gateway of India. You don’t get any bigger ambassadors to take the message home. Especially the buzz that the Khan is sweeping back with his new Anand-inspired flick, Kal Ho Na Ho.

Cruise Control

This flight couldn’t have been any smoother. Indian Airlines’ golden jubilee celebrations in the capital last week had a good news for Hyderabad’s A. Joseph—civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy pulled out his entry as the Mega Lucky Draw winner with IA chairman and managing director Sunil Arora looking on. And the prize? A brand-new Merc. Happy cruising!


  • J Lo won’t like this. According to a website, she recently had cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of her lips and thin her nose.

  • Woody Allen says he’s “ready” now to tell about his life, loves and work with all its “juices”. But it’s only for the highest bidder.

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  • As a snarling Dirty Harry teases out criminals in LA; as Frank Serpico goes und­ercover in New York, Chulbul Pandey does age-old, comic acrobatics to hurt ‘baddies’, then giggles around his lady love. Flogging the same masala, here comes the trailer of Dabangg 3, at the launch of which Salman points at the same direction, while Sonakshi Sinha and Saiee Manjrekar prepare to follow the leader with loving attention.
  • What do they actually do in Bigg Boss—that synthetic morass of shape-­shifting loyalties, gro­up­­ings and couplings by people clinging on to the skirts of fame, dragg­ing along an endless stream of stragglers agape before their boxes? At least Boman Irani, Rajkummar Rao and Mouni are doing something specific—horsing around joyfully, canvassing for their film Made in China. Major domo Sal­man, of  course, is there at every step, falling in and out with practised difficulty.
  • 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