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!

  • The woman below, shouldering the burden in this picture, is Namrata Purohit—nat­ional-level squash player, footballer, certified scuba diver, author and now an entrepreneur who co-founded The Pilates Studio. If you marvel at Kareena and Malaika’s flexibility in Bollywood dance numbers, it’s this lady who deserves much of the credit.
  • He plays a hotel management student in a film, filling his days with cleaning, washing, dusting and chopping. When time came for a promotional shoot for Shoojit Sircar’s October, Varun Dhawan showed how the method in his acting spilt out of the screen. At a restaurant, the talented actor strode con­fidently into the kitchen, showing a few slicing moves of his own to the admiring chefs who gathered around him.
  • When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.
  • Now that his over-the-top histrionics in Padmaavat has gone down well, Ranveer’s  star is rising as high as a Diwali rocket would go. In monetary terms, that is—the actor is  reportedly being offered Rs 15 crore for a five-minute performance at the opening gig at the IPL. This limbs-splayed routine jump on a neon-lit stage is at least 45 years old. Maybe Ranveer will change into something more casual.


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