OUTLOOK Monday 17 November, 2003
Guest Appearance

On the day Prince Charles was to visit the sets of Aamir Khan’s The Rising, he had an impromptu surprise in store: bumping into a Princess Diana lookalike during a reception in Mumbai. He looked clearly surprised. But it was a different Prince on the film sets: “Rising, mahurat shot. Take one clap,” a smiling Charles, dressed in a blue suit, announced even as director Ketan Mehta looked on. After the clap, Aamir and Toby Stevens, the British actor who plays the Khan’s friend in the film, enacted a scene. Sad that Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee were not there on the sets.

Long Innings

Now we know that Mandira Bedi can do more than just talk about cricket. She can actually hold the bat. Her extraa innings had even the mighty Australians on the edge this week at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium: they appealed...in vain to get her off the crease. We’re impressed, Mandira.

Drama In Real Life

This one’s for all those cribbing about the death of creativity. Some bright minds in Bollywood are busy with a ‘thriller’ on the case of Shivani Bhatnagar, the Indian Express journalist whose murder had set off a politically loaded uproar in Delhi last year. Jackie Shroff plays the adulterous top cop in director Osho Raja’s Devyani, with the 2002 Miss India-World Shruti Sharma as a TV journo. A sleaze feast? Raja won’t say so: “We’ll make it with the aesthetics of international cinema. I’ll stay true to the subject—adultery, a contemporary theme.” And guess what, Raja’s already thought about a grand finale.

Desert Landing

Designer label Satya Paul has scored more brownie points. After impressing fashion buffs with their Raja Ravi Varma collection of sarees, it was destination Dubai recently. The Arabs, with a fair sprinkling of expatriates among the audience, were left gaping at Sheetal Malhar and Inc donning SP’s richly-embellished bridal lehengas with contemporary styling. Read fitted waistlines and accentuated midriffs.

Home Stead

It was as if the entire Bollywood had turned up for this do—at the opening of Twinkle Khanna’s lifestyle store, White Window in Mumbai recently. Resplendent with colour, it stocks candles, cushions, crockery, silverware... whatever the fashionably inclined among you may wish to possess. Like the people who came for the opening: Akshay Kumar (but, of course), Kareena Kapoor, Amar Singh, Tabu, Dimple, Suzanne Khan, Lara Dutta....


  • Serena Williams is doing things other than tennis: sister Venus walked the ramp last week sporting Serena’s designs.

  • Mariah Carey’s in London to do theatre: she’s playing the lead in Sleeping Prince. Marilyn Monroe played the same role in the past.

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  • 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.
  • Couldn’t she have had a better hairstyle than one which makes her hair stand up in ungainly tufts, like that of a bird soaked to its skin in the Mumbai monsoon? Couldn’t he have worn a jacket without those offensive stripes, often an indicator of a perfect marriage of bad taste with sudden money? But Rahika is soaring after the success of Andhadhun; Ali Fazal, too, is gearing up for his role in a Hollywood production of Death on the Nile, the Poirot mystery. They smiled reassuringly at the ‘IIFA Rocks’ event; they had a lot of fun.