OUTLOOK Monday 05 April, 2004
Look Out!

Heard about ’s latest scoop? A swingin’ sleuthcam job on the drug mafia. Well, almost. Ex-Miss India Namrata Shirodkar plays hard and shoots straight (questions) as an intrepid reporter from the Outlook stables in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s new gangland flick, Charas. For the over-credulous: sizzling item numbers are hardly part of the job description at the real office.

Beefy Delights

Stereotypes of the mind sometimes spring to life. A butcher from Lucknow, 27-year-old Shamsuddin, has cleaved his way out of mofussil anonymity by dint of his eerie similarity to the beefy Shoaib Akhtar. As one works to get a keener edge to his inswinging yorkers, his lookalike is basking in reflected glory—with an altered mop of hair and a new celebrityhood among meat-shoppers.

For the Heart

It had to happen. The “feelgood factor” had to be brought down from macro-economic heights. At a talk organised by the Association of British Scholars in Delhi, India’s leading cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan revealed that “feelgood” was finally “a matter of your heart”. We agree wholeheartedly.

Fash Frontiers

Here’s more to Indo-Pak bhaichara, but with a twist. Pakistani models failed to get visas and hence missed a fashion show saluting Kashmiri craftsmanship. The sole Pak model to make it was Gia Ali (in the picture) who sashayed down the ramp along with her Indian colleagues. Designed by Ricci Roshan of the house of Thorr, the clothes were a mix of traditional and modern, embellished with Kashmiri embroidery.

Jai Kisan

Haryanvi-accented English must be in fashion. Or maybe it was just the angular jawline and good ol’ wheatbran-fed brawn. Sunil Mann, a chatty farmer’s son from Jhajjar district, didn’t need a degree from Swiss etiquette schools to complete his crags-to-riches story. The Grasim Mr India may well be the next son of the soil. A perfect recipe for a Bollywood boy flick, starring himself?


  • Pop babe Britney Spears and one-time kissing partner Colin Farrell have been spending time at a hotel. Kiss and make up?

  • Bruce Willis and girlfriend Brooke Burns had to be carried out of a bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Paris, in an inebriated state.

  • That hatchet-faced gen­ius entrepreneur, Jack Ma of Alibaba, had capitalistically exhorted his workers to follow the ‘996’ spirit (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week in office). As if to make up for this vulgar demand that would serve to fill his coffers, Ma propoun­ded the ‘669’ spirit (sex for six days, six times). The poor workers would possibly have hidden their embarrassment in Alibaba’s cave, but others have slammed Ma’s puerile (and ‘lewd’) pitch.
  • What can you say about the peculiar, almost atavistic hold that images of mothers with babies have on us? Things have not changed from ancient iconography—espe­cially when the subjects are as photogenic as Izhaan—wide-eyed and adorably trusting—and Sania, bursting with motherly pride, her Mona Lisa smile topping it all.
  • It was simply another awards ceremony which gave the rich and glamorous an occasion to parade their bling. But hark, a phalanx of kohl-lined eyes make us stop in our breezy tracks and take stock. Ranged from the left, the begowned ladies are Aditi Rao Hydari, Raveena, Shilpa and Sophie Choudry (who possibly has two phones). How did the selfie come out? An eyeful.
  • There’s no reason, we agree, to gaze again at the lovely faces of Ananya and Tara at another promo for Student of the Year 2. But this one is for that lithe, mean, dancing-fighting machine, Tiger Shroff. The man who can kick aside the whole lot of simpering actors is set to reprise his role (“a larger-than-life, shirtless hero”) in the next instalment of Baaghi.


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