OUTLOOK Monday 08 March, 2004
Outlook Laurels

At a sparkling do in Mumbai last week, finance minister Jaswant Singh gave away the Outlook Money Awards 2004. Two financial groups hogged the limelight: HDFC got five awards while ICICI walked away with four. The nation’s oldest bank, SBI, bagged the coveted Outlook Money Hall of Fame award. Seen here (from right) Outlook Group editor-in-chief Vinod Mehta, Jaswant Singh, Outlook Group chairman Rajan Raheja and A.K. Purwar, chairman, SBI.

Engagingly Yours

After the silken VVS, Sehwag of the blazing willow has done it. Last week, the prince of Najafgarh slipped a diamond solitaire on Arti Singh’s finger as the Sehwag khandan watched approvingly. They want Arti to be a “simple Jatni” at home while Sehwag goes about belting bowlers. The auspicious day is April 22 after the Pak tour.

Maharani Ravs

Amidst the grandeur of Udaipur’s Shiv Niwas Palace, Raveena Tandon’s marriage to distributor Anil Thadani was the stuff of fairy tales. As the groom zipped in on a motor boat, the camera crew stood by to roll. The footage will be used for a film later. Octopussy Indified?


There is no doubt about the cricketing prowess of Yuvraj Singh, but on home turf, he’s mama’s little prince. Well...in Mumbai recently, he was seen with Mohabbatein starlet Kim Sharma on V-Day. Spinning her web around him, she made sure he didn’t leave her side for the next three days. “Kim is not my girlfriend,” he quips. Does Mom know?


Can you imagine George Castanza (Jason Alexander) dabbling in the Middle East conflict? The former Seinfeld star has launched a new peace initiative, the One Voice campaign, to seek solutions to the political crisis online. “It’s about emboldening moderates on both sides.”

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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.