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!

  • He slew Nadal en route to the trophy; she tamed a rampaging Serena in the title clash. Sure, Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber have won themselves a right to have a ball at the Wimbledon Championship dinner.  The win is significant for both—Kerber was the first German woman to win in 22 years (Ah! Memories of Steffi!); for the Djoker, it’s vindication that he can beat everyone after two injury-hit years.
  • Handspring 360 and Tsukuhara 720 are just names that go with the twists, turns, tumbles and landings in the sport with the lowest margin for errors. Then there is the Produnova, a fiendish routine containing a handspring and two somersaults. The only Indian to dare dream of it, then execute it in Rio in 2016, Dipa Karmakar, will be back in action in the Jakarta Asiad after a long injury-­induced break. The death-defying vault, its difficulty level axed recently, is very much on the mat, says Dipa.
  • A picture you seem to have missed: Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi in earnest conversation with former PM Manmohan Singh. Ah, no wonder you’ve never seen this, for Anupam Kher (Singh), Arjun Mathur (Rahul) and Aahana Kumra (Priyanka) promise to be master impersonators of personages much in news. They might as well be, for they’ll be judged and scrutinised!
  • With Russia doing fabulously well at the World Cup, they thronged the stadium in noticeable numbers—from the dowdiest of Dunyashas to the sveltest of Svetlanas. But the one the cameras fell for was tiny-tee’d, blonde Natalya Nemchinova, Russ­ian flags fluttering gaily from outstretched arms. The Kremlin is a fan too!


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