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 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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  • Blink, and you’ll travel back to the glory days of disco, with Cardi B’s multi-­coloured jumpsuit transporting you effortlessly. But, disaster struck at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Man­chester, when this splendid  garment gave way along its nether seams, hurrying poor Cardi  offstage.  The singer arrived minutes later in a bathrobe, the picture of unfl­a­ppability. “We gonna keep it sexy,”  she crooned. That is style.
  • Since the moment we set our eyes on him on that October evening in 2000, that cracklingly clean ‘plock’ of the ball on his bat, with the whistle-fresh swing and follow-­through, marvelled us. It was the same in Yuvraj Singh’s last inter­national inn­ings. Sandwitched within were six miraculous, now-mythical sixes in an over, the no less magical performances in the 2011 World Cup, and a great, big-hearted recovery from illness. You have a great life after retirement, Yuvi.
  • As Liverpool and Tottenham muscled it out in the major kickabout that’s the Champions League final, after Moha­med Salah pumped in a penalty for a 1-0 lead, as bands of Liverpudlians seriously contemplated a conversion to Mo’s creed, she jumped right in. Comfortably sneakered, ash blonde hair aflow, arms raised, her amplitude tucked into an ungenerous swimsuit, she peddled a porn site. Play stopped for a bit, then the spoilsports threw her out.
  • Amidst the mucky filth, smelling of cordite, that is Bengal’s bipartisan politics on the ground, there emerged two flowers empowered to fight the dominant one in Par­li­a­­ment. TMC’s Mimi and Nus­rat, beloved of cameras in this poll season, were sharply dressed as ever on their first day in the House.


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