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.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.


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