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OUTLOOK Monday 23 February, 2004
Papa Don't Go

Papa Saurav just returned home. Is he going to Pakistan again, asks little Sana? Wife Dona was initially afraid about the tour for security reasons. Now, she has agreed to let him go. He and Sachin are on the jehadi hitlist—but after Lee & Co’s chin music, let’s say they are forewarned.

Sahara Bahar

There were more stars at Sahara’s double wedding than in the spring skies last week. In the most flamboyant show of the millennium, father Subroto Roy had the Ambanis, Bachchans,Vajpayee—you name it—eating out of his hand. But amid the chartered flights, designer mandap, aero gymnastics, eighteen-course cuisine, the best drinks, someone was heard saying, “Arre... dulha dulhan kahan hai?” Did anyone see the bride or the groom?

Destiny's Children

After generating reams of newsprint on Salman Khan, Ash and Vivek are at last official. Around to promote their film, Kyon...Ho Gaya Na, Vivek said it was destiny they met. Then more destiny. They met with accidents on the same day. It was the last shot of their films as well. They ended up in the same hospital too!

Angelic Flesh

Nigar Khan, the ‘angel’ of the raunchy remix video Chadhti Jawani, has no qualms about stripping for success. “Item songs are all about exposure and I am not going to shy away,” she says. Wait till Wanjhali, her next album, and you will see the tiniest bikini ever worn.

Elsewhere

Security staff at a London hotel mistook Kevin Spacey for a burglar. Informed about intruders on the roof, they suspected Spacey’s suite may be ransacked. Breaking in, the guards discovered the star had climbed out of the window and was coolly smoking a roll-up.

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  • 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.
  • Black cape, leather footwear, eyepatch and a tiara—say what you will about Madonna’s outfit in the Eurovision in Israel. Or the fact that her Like A Prayer was woefully out of tune. An inn­ocent espousal of peace—two dancers in her troupe, dressed in Israeli and Palestinian flags, and walking arm in arm—has been castigated as an unwarranted pol­itical comment. But politics is life, the beating heart of art.
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