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!

  • Were Big B, Shahrukh and Kamalahaasan discussing the opening film—Yellow (Iran)—of the Kolkata International film festival? Or was it only banter? With Michael Winterbottom, Kajol, Mah­­­esh Bhatt and Kumar Sanu thrown in, fans had an eyeful before the hall darkened. And in the end, there was Mamata, the best emcee of them all.
  • The gathering years haven’t slowed her punches, nor have they shrunk the circles she weaves around her opponents. Five years after her Olympic bronze, M.C. Mary Kom, now 34, has won her fifth gold ever at the Asian championships in Ho Chi Minh City. In 48 kg, she’s queen.
  • It’s natural for film and politics to be int­ertwined in Tamil Nadu. A new mark in that warp and weft is the marriage of M. Karu­nanidhi’s great grandson Manu Ranjith (second from left) with actor Vikram’s (far left) daughter Akshita (third from right). It must have been a pleasure for the 94-year-old to see a new generation on the beaten track.
  • As long as there’re movies made in Bollywood, they’ll not tire of the charms of Lucknow. Rajkummar Rao (Newton) and Kriti Kharbanda star in Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, a tale of  love found at a family marriage, then lost cruelly, and ave­nged upon thereafter. The actors were preening about at the launch of the trailer; this scene seems to be from the rosy opening half.


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