OUTLOOK Monday 20 March, 2006
Mollie Returns

M.M. Kaye may have died in 2004 but she’s finally home. At last, Mollie’s leapt out of the box, says Michael Ward, friend of the author and director of the musical version of her bestseller The Far Pavillions. He along with his wife Elaine hired a houseboat, rowed to the middle of the lake at sunset, scattered her ashes in the waters of Lake Pichola in Udaipur in accordance with her wishes. Ward has even written a sequel to the novel, Fireflies, and wants Amol Palekar to direct the play. Mollie’s smiling.

Chi Weds Sou

The bride and groom looked coy in traditional attire—a far cry from the Chatwals. Yet the marriage of Telugu star Cheeranjeevi’s daughter Sushmita to Chennai businessman Vishnu Prasad was a mega star avalanche. The spread was sumptuous and the guests watched the proceedings live on giant screens.

Train To Paris

Baul Paban Das once made a living singing in the trains that left Calcutta. He now lives in Paris and has cut albums with avant garde musicians like Sam Mills and Malian jazz virtuoso Cheick Tidiane and Peter Gabriel. You’ll even catch him singing on the Parisian streets.

Stoop To Conquer

Mallika Sherawat didn’t make it to the Zee Cine Awards in Mauritius. She demanded a business class ticket for herself, her bodyguards and her Pekinese cat. But with Kashmira Shah dressed like this, nobody missed her. The lass was perhaps celebrating her graduation to lead roles...a Telugu film from Ram Gopal Varma’s factory titled Aa Ammayi.


Jacko’s not been seen ever since he was ‘cleared’ of the child sex abuse. His brother says he’s been living a reclusive existence in Bahrain as the guest of the king’s son, busy doing 300 push-ups a day and running on the beach. Jacko with biceps!

  • 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.
  • Those moves, those skirts, those cropped shirts...Britney Spears fans, stand up and cheer! Student of the Year 2 has Varun, Alia and Tiger, but new faces (ah!) Tara and Ananya too. Of cou­rse, superstar Will Smith is fresh to Bollywood; he’s app­earing in a cameo. Here’s cheers to director  Punit Malhotra for roping him in.
  • Parisians, and Berliners, have been playing at faux seaside frolicking in summers for nearly a century. Now, savant extraordinaire of fashion, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, rigged up a beach—complete with sand, sky and gentle, azure waves—for his show, defying the lengthening autumnal shadows. The venue: Paris’s Grand Palais. Star attendee: Pamela Anderson. How appropriate!
  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.


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