OUTLOOK Monday 08 December, 2003
The Kitten Has Landed

She is the latest princess to waltz down to tinsel town. Bollywood is buzzing these days with the upcoming baptism of Soha Ali Khan, Tiger Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore’s daughter, into its ranks. We heard she’s debuting in an Amol Palekar flick, but the girl herself is not confirming anything. Is she eyeing any particular banner or director? No, even-first timers will do. Is she comfortable with Bollywood’s staple dance numbers? If Saif, with his “two left feet” can dance, Soha says, she’s got hope. But going by the way she made heads turn at designer Manav Gangwani’s show recently, brother Saif and sis-in-law Amrita just couldn’t hide the glint in their eyes. Attagirl, Soha.

Next Door Femme

No statutory warnings for impressionable young girls here. Bollywood’s getting bolder with Srinivas Bhashyam’s Paisa Vasool: for the first time a mainstream comedy starring Manisha Koirala and Sushmita Sen will see young, middle-class, socially midtown women smoking and drinking. Says Bhashyam: “Indian films have never showed their lead women like this. That’s because we are a nation of hypocrites.” Here’s hoping the wise uncle with the scissors doesn’t mind the twist in the plot!


This one’s straight from the horse’s mouth. At a time when Lara Dutta’s still struggling for a foothold in Bollywood, she’s come out with this bombshell. Dutta recently revealed that she was the “original” choice for the two sequels to the Matrix series. But why did the Reloaded and Revolution happen without her? “Because I didn’t enjoy the movie since Hollywood has copied the Gita.” Beat that.

Frequent Flier

In My Flying Machine... was perhaps on her lips when Audrey Mayben, 27, piloted her microlight aircraft from Bangalore to Nagpur (about 1,400 km) at the recent air race. The only woman pilot-in-command and flying solo at the race, Mayben’s set her goal high: the World Gliding Championships and the World Aerobics meet. “I am going to give it a try even if I have to try for the next ten years.” Amen to bird power!


  • Who’s the most bankable star in the world? Friends star Jennifer Aniston who raked in an estimated £20 mn this year.

  • Former Playboy centrefold and Baywatch babe Carmen Electra tied the knot with rocker Dave Navarro recently.

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  • 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
  • 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.