OUTLOOK Monday 16 February, 2004
Formula 2+

Ajith Kumar’s fame as a connoisseur of speed far exceeds his filmdom acclaim. Indeed, it helps to zip far away from box-office bombs. At an opportune moment when the Tamil hero’s filmi future appears less gilt-edged, he is ready to scoot again. This time it’s the British F3 Formula Scholarship Class. The 32-year-old had a goodish run at the Formula BMW Asia series last year where he stood 12th. With wife Shalini as the navigator, life looks all set. But what about his boast of marching to the border to fight the enemy or becoming a suicide bomber? Maybe as a last-resort formula.

Next Fiscal, Honey

It was love at first draft for LSE economist Lord Meghnad Desai, 63. After a brief meeting with his unknown editor Kishwar Ahluwalia, he popped the question. The lady said yes, and is planning an April wedding in Delhi and London. “All I want to do now is spend the rest of my life getting to know this wonderful man,” coos the yet-to-be-divorced Ahluwalia, 47.

Trophy Guest

Liz Hurley’s safety-pin grip on millionaire boyfriend Arun Nayar appears firm. On her third trip to Mumbai in a year, the British actress with her two-year-old son in tow are set to bedazzle guests at the senior Nayar’s wedding. So, the father has beat the son after all.


After 17 hot kisses, actress Mallika Sherawat’s secret Khwahish was almost fulfilled when she was mistaken as a hooker. In Pattaya for a shoot, the actress was actually propositioned. Despite changing her name thrice, her I-crisis continues. Watch it! Sherawat could soon be mistaken for an actress.


Calling off her year-long engagement to Ben Affleck, Jenny from the block ran to her cosmic guru to forecast her romantic future. Lopez is waiting for the knight with her spiritual advisor’s recommendation.

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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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