OUTLOOK Monday 25 September, 2006
Viva Masaba!

There was a time when Masaba, daughter of actress Neena Gupta and former West Indies skipper Viv Richards, was fiercely guarded. Today she’s growing up with dreams and aspirations of her own. No, she isn’t grooming herself to be a sportswoman but instead looking at fashion and modelling on the international circuit. Seen here, mother and daughter at a Rohit Bal show in Mumbai.

The Sophia Within

Screen legend Sophia Loren has made a splash at 72 by announcing that she would grace the cover of the famous Pirelli calendar 2007. Contrary to rumours that she would appear in the skin, sources say the Italian beauty will be seen in a slinky see- through black dress with drop diamond earrings. Others on the calendar include Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts and French actress Lou Doillon.

Pretty Miffed

KANK may be a hit but Preity Zinta is mighty peeved with her role. Rani Mukherjee seems to have outshone her frame by frame in Manish Malhotra’s clothes. srk is said to have lobbied hard for Rani and K-Jo relented. So that’s Rani vs Preity for you.

Second Time Lucky

Cricketer Vinod Kambli recently launched his second innings with model Andrea Hewitt. They met a few years ago but kept the relationship under wraps. The otherwise flamboyant Kambli seems to have mellowed down.

  • Throwing in one’s hat on to the political roulette table is all very well, till the enormity of the decision sinks in like a tonne. It sent Rajnikanth on a two-week spiritual trip to the Himalayas, to an ashram in Rishikesh, for a quietening spell of meditation. No tricks there, Thalaivar!
  • If we are to believe Hasin Jahan, Mohammed Shami’s wife, his ways with women are no less smooth than his bowling action. Charges of domestic abuse and violence, multiple extra-­marital affairs—all purportedly proved by screenshots of various soc­ial media platforms—crashed down like an avalanche. As the BCCI held back his contract, Shami protested total innocence.
  • First there was Saina; then Sindhu sprang onto the scene in a flash. Indian gym­­nastics, too, has a new star—Aruna Budda Reddy, the first Indian to win a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup. Aruna won bronze in Melbourne in vault, favo­urite discipline of Deepa Karmakar too. A black belt in Karate, Aruna credits her late father, B. Narayana Reddy, with every­thing. Also on her mind is to make the most of her career ­bef­ore she’s 24.
  • Hichki, Rani Mukherjee’s comeback movie, shows the trials and triumph of a teacher suffering from Tourette Syndrome. A song, Oye Hichki, was released recently, along with a stunt: Rani launched it at her old school in Mumbai. Is it okay that a Bollywood actress is making a commercial show of sorts in school? Dunno. Either things have loosened up, or some schools are like that. 


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