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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  • 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.