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.

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  • If you’d like to stitch together a Hollywood dream team, it has to have Marty, Bob and Sonny. The BFI London film festival saved its hushed breath for The Irishman—a gangster drama by the man who helped define the genre in Goodfellas and The Departed. Yet, in this autumnal light, Frank (De Niro) and Jimmy (Al Pacino) are just not snarling desperados, six-shooters at the ready. Time is also spent on sombre reflection—old reg­rets, moral reckonings and the one important thing that finally matters: mortality.
  • An evening in Paris is kinda incomplete without appreciating up-close those high-kicking cancan dancers in flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes at Moulin Rouge. It’s a touristy tradition of 130 years, a milestone the cabaret reached this aut­umn. Enjoy the choreography and quaff your way through a bottle of champagne. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Please
  • Kendall Jenner, Camila Morr­one, Scooter Braun, Kim Kard­ashian, Joan Smalls...that’s a guestlist straight out of a Craigslist of new-world cel­e­­bdom. Except the model and the real-life showgirl, we hadn’t heard of anyone (had you?). They banded together at the wedding ceremony of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in South Carolina. Don’t it look like they’re on a school trip?
  • His penchant for prancing about in outrageous clothes —the incessant, kitschy peacocking—might irritate you, but the one role tailormade for Ranveer Sinh’s exuberance was Gully Boy. Inspired by street rappers Divine and Naezy, Ranveer, his rapper team and Alia set Dharavi alight with their defiant poe­try. Acclaimed by all, it is now India’s official entry to the Oscars. We need them to break the fourth wall now.